On several occasions I have noted that God sends focused messages out to many pulpits and classrooms. I love it when He does that! They are timely for us; they were planned by Him.
Our church has lately gotten back to Sunday school and we are slowly working our way back from 2020. As one of the adult class teachers, I had considered the several study options available, but one kept rising to the top, a study on the lies of the enemy (“The Truth about Lies,” by Tim Chaddick). Not totally convinced about it, I took a few days to pray and consider. During that time, I traveled to Pennsylvania to visit with our son’s family, giving me plenty of car quiet time to think. At one point I grew tired of the silence and dialed into a Christian station. The first song I heard was “Truth Be Told,” by Matthew West. Following right behind that was “If We’re Honest,” by Francesca Batistelli. Hmm. After hearing those songs and having my creative juices begin flowing, I felt confirmation that the study about lies of the enemy was what I would go with.
Just yesterday, I grabbed my phone to play some music on the way to church. My phone has car mode, and based on my past song lists, it picks music for me, so I’m not messing with buttons while I drive. The first song it played was “Fear is a Liar,” by Zach Williams. This song is not in any of my playlists–it was just a random song Amazon picked based on my music interests. Just further confirmation for me that our current Sunday school study was on track, and relevant for the times. Then, during morning worship–with no knowledge of the subject being taught in the adult class–our pastor brought a message titled, “Fear is a Liar” (Numbers 13-14). And for the final song of the service, he played the song “FEAR IS A LIAR”…!
Fear causes us to question the promises and goodness of God. It is one of the enemy’s greatest lies and a weapon he uses to keep us from experiencing the blessings of God.
I know a lot of people don’t feel that God works in this manner. That’s okay. I honestly believe that the Holy Spirit worked through these means to confirm my prayer about what to teach. Someone needs to be reminded that we need not fear a defeated enemy. Someone needs to be reminded that the world is full of lies and liars and that we must be aware. Someone needs to be reminded that God will always tell the truth and is always trustworthy. He has not changed His mind about what His word tells us, and anything that deviates from that is not truthful.
1 Peter 5:8-11 – Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Y’all, the world will try to tell you that what you “want” is what you should have. Check it out with God first. If He has a word to say about it, trust that. Do not let the fear that the world will scoff at you or mock you for following God keep you from overthrowing the lies of the enemy in your life.