(January 29, 2021) Robert McQuillan shares on Satan’s reptilian lies…
Don’t you feel very disturbed within when you discover someone, especially someone you’ve always trusted, someone you’ve believed in, has lied to you?
Whether it’s a work colleague, business associate, salesperson or worst a best friend or child, our ‘little boat’ gets rocked as if in a storm!
Lying indicates trickery and deception – no one likes lies and being lied to. Hence, we teach children to value truth (and set personal examples by never lying!) and that one’s word is to be regarded as a person’s bond.
Unfortunately, because of sin, lying and lies are part of the human nature resulting in broken or unfulfilled promises (Something else we must warn their kids about).
Lying is not of God!
Lying is not in God’s character. The Bible is the word of the God who never lies (Psalm 33:4; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 2:27; Hebrews 6:18) and has several warnings and important things to say about lies and lying. For example, the Bible speaks against lying –
- Vanities (Jonah 2:8)
- Lips (Psalm31:18)
- Ways (Psalm 119:29)
- Words (Jeremiah 7:4)
- Divination (words, witchcraft – Ezekiel 13:6)
- Hearts (Acts 5:3,9)
- Wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Note this one well, gullible Pentecostal/charismatic-oriented Christians. Test everything!
God detests lies!
‘Lying’ – that’s shehkar in the OT Hebrew – indicating falseness, sham, untruth, wrong, deceit, feigning. The NT Greek pseudos says it all in one word – falsehood!
Conversely the Hebrew word for ‘truth’ is emeth – stability, certainty, trustworthiness, assurance, serenity and the Greek alitheia in a nutshell indicates something that is trustworthy!
(Incidentally, Dr Jim McClure noted theologian, shared with me that alitheia is the same word that is used for ‘reality‘ adding, ‘What is true is real. What is not real is the fictional world that Satan would have us live in.’).
Proverbs 12:22 emphatically states God’s strong feelings towards lies, lying and liars –
- ‘The Lord hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word’ (GNB)
- ‘The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth’ (NLT)
- ‘God can’t stomach liars; he loves the company of those who keep their word’ (Mge).
Strong language from the God of love who cares protectively for his new creation of blood-washed Christians – the church of his Son, Jesus.
In John 8:44 (GNB) Jesus spoke strongly about Satan, denouncing him as the originator, the father of lies, linking lying with murder: ‘From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.’
The big lie
Take this revelation back to the beginning of our troubled time: Genesis 3 tells us that God had instructed Adam and Eve that they could enjoy the delights in the Garden of Eden except for one particular tree.
But the cunning, deceitful, lying devil, Satan, got to Eve and subtly hinted (‘hissed’), ‘Did God really say you must not eat …’ (verse 1). Didn’t sound like a lie, merely a casual question – such is the subtly of deception!
It’s been said that one lie often follows another. Satan’s next deceptive lie was to casually infer God is a liar because he had warned his creation about impending death if disobeyed: ‘That’s not true; you will not die’ (v4).
The rest, as they say in the classics, is history! Unfortunately, Eve – and Adam (who should have known better and protected his wife!) – sampled the forbidden tree. Result: Disobedience and sin entered the world followed by so much heartbreak, evil, sickness, sorrow, murder, wrong decision-making, and worse still spiritual separation from God (Genesis 3:22ff)!
The reality of many problems is that Satan loves to get into our minds, slither around like a lizard, sowing all kinds of rubbish and deceits that we fall for!
Jesus overcame the arch-liar!
We’ve just celebrated Christmas, recalling the fulfilment of God’s promise to send Jesus, the answer to Satan’s handiwork, deception and lies.
Soon we’ll be welcoming Easter – the greatest celebration of all when we recall how that same Jesus became our Saviour on Calvary’s cross and gloriously, rendered ‘powerless him who had the power of death’ (See Hebrews 2:14-15). He displayed his authority over Satan the deceiver and liar of his power!
One day (note: despite deceptive so-called prophecies, no one knows when! Matthew 24:3) Jesus will return, put everything right that’s wrong and the devil will finally be removed from further lying deceptions.
Meantime, empowered with the very Spirit of the overcoming Christ, we grow strong in our overcoming (1 John 2:14) of Satan’s outright lying ways as well as his subtle deceptions. It’s part of our training for reigning! There’s an old saying: ‘How do you become an overcomer unless you have something/someone to overcome?’
Part of this overcoming is discerning what is of God and what isn’t, what are real truths and what are subtle lies. And especially refusing to listen to not only Satan’s cunning temptations to sin but to his lies regarding ourselves, ministry, marriage, life itself, future, security in Christ, prophetic words spoken over us and God’s precious promises.
Let’s share this from a different angle…
The reptile-like ‘Brain Lizard’
Satan, the Garden of Eden’s deceiver (Revelation 12:9), was named ‘the most cunning serpent’ in Genesis 3:1. The GNB version calls him a snake – the Hebrew word nashash (relating to hissing). Snakes, serpents, lizards are normally regarded warily as reptiles that crawl or slither around and one should be so wary of them.
Christians can easily image Satan slithering around inside our head trying to delude, deceive, annoy, and upset us with lying thoughts, temptations, and destructive ploys.
Let me be personal here… a few years back I urgently need of a heart operation last May. It all worked out miraculously as we prayed in tongues and without any concerns or worrying, trusted the Lord completely. But then began a lengthy time of recuperation.
This recovery time was ongoing unfortunately, with disturbing incidents and hindrances such as aversion to loud noises, including certain church worship music that had my heart pounding. And I would think the worst – and wouldn’t want to be in church or some other places, or even in the company of certain people. And I found it hard to make some decisions.
One of the things that is not fully explained to those recovering from heart (and other) operations is the very deep and unexpected psychologically emotional effects that can hit unexpectedly!
I began wondering ‘What’s going on: Is this the end of my kingdom ministry?’ Deep down I held tightly to a prophetic promise from God that I had years ahead of eventful kingdom ministry. Then, at one point I sensed the Holy Spirit whispering (not hissing like the enemy!), ‘What’s trying to get into your mind, Robert, is a lie, a big lie from Satan, don’t accept it.’ That lizard thing?
Fortunately, I shared these strange incidents with an insightful doctor friend. Imagine my surprise when he casually said, ‘Robert, it’s what’s known as the ancient reptile lizard in your brain. Believe it or not, because you’ve had a near death experience, it’s lying to you, trying to tell you you’re finished and causing a panic attack to make you run away from certain situations. It’s the deeper structure of the brain – instincts! It seeks immediate survival from your emotions and reasoning!’
Well, I just stared, amazed! Aware of our church/faith commitments he added sincerely, ‘But you’re all right, Robert – the professor said so. You have a good new life ahead. Just go with the recuperation flow… if you want to do something, do it: If you don’t, don’t.’
I took his insights on board, digging into the reality of the brain lizard (that I was now linking with the father of lies, Satan). If this personal sharing triggers something off for you too, we recommend researching Dr Joseph Troncale’s Your Lizard Brain: Your-Lizard-Brain
Evidently the brain’s limbic system (a complexity of nerves and networks) has been regarded as the seat of emotion, addiction, mood, and lots of other mental and emotional processes. Regarded as an ancient lizard the reptilian complex is much more powerful than we humans credit it, causing ‘unexplainable behaviours’ with the brain instantly seeking ‘The Groove’ – a place of comfort.
But even seeking this groove can get one into trouble in our inbuilt desire to retreat!
The real ‘Groove’
Maureen and I prefer the real groove – trusting God, resting in the Spirit, and singing/speaking in tongues, as I did while lying on the operation table!
We continued pursuing our ministry despite this prolonged recuperation time and new discoveries. Also, that we had loving praying friends – and the great comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
But – getting back to the father of lies – that real lizard that 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 14 describes as so crafty to have deceived Eve and who even disguises himself as an angel of light – we’re continuing to work through all circumstances by proclaiming that Jesus is still in charge and all will be well. That our God doesn’t cunningly lie or deceive. That he speaks truth, and we can believe strongly in Jeremiah 29:11 and our future in God.
Beyond caring, praying friends and the medical profession, we go to the greatest source – whom Isaiah 9:6Mge declares as: ‘He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counsellor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.’
We continue praying together with Bible meditation, speaking and singing in the spiritual gift of tongues, refusing to be locked down by Satan’s lies and think outside the box, trusting God completely, enjoying every day come what may… this sees us forging ahead!
What has God said to you regarding 2021? Hang onto it, not to any reptilian lies from Satan!
Dr Robert and Maureen McQuillan’s links are OnlinerConnect@gmail.com and Facebook (Scriptures mainly NIV/all emphases in this Onliner ours. Appreciated images/pics: various general sources). Links: Carol Round’s Jesus-can-Make-all-Things-New / Maureen McQuillan’s What-a-Shepherd-What-a-Table / Brian Bell’s Promises-Promises / Jim McClure’s Integrity