Lies, Lies, Lies - August 4, 2018
James Collins

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  Mark 9:23

Have you heard the three biggest lies that have ever been told? Number one, the check is in the mail. Everybody has told that lie. Number two, I am from the government and I’m here to help you. Whatever you do, don’t believe that one. And number three, I am a Baptist Preacher and I’m here to say a few words…

Well, I am a Baptist Preacher and I’m here to say a few words. Speaking of lies, political season is in full-swing. How can you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving…

The story is told about a certain politician who died and arrived at the Gates of Heaven, where she sees a huge wall of clocks. She asked and angel, “What are all those clocks?” The angel answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move. The politician pointed at a clock and asked, “Whose clock is that?” “That’s George Washington’s clock. The hands have never moved. George never told a lie.” The politician said, “Wow. That’s incredible. Whose clock is that one?” The angel said, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe only told two lies in his entire life.” The politician asked, “So where’s my clock?” The angel smiled and said, “Your clock is in the office. We use it as a ceiling fan.”

All joking aside, some of you have listened to lies so much that you are convinced that they are true. You have heard things like; you are worthless. You are no good. You are ugly. You will never amount to anything. You are unlovable. Over and over, you have heard those lies and you believe them.

This week, I read the story of Leon Daudet. Leon was a criminal who was being held in the La Santé prison. The La Santé was built in 1867 in France and was considered to be an escape proof prison. But in 1927, Leon Daudet escaped by simply walking out the front gate. One of Daudet’s friends telephoned the warden and falsified Daudet’s pardon. Daudet was escorted out the front gate and set free. Only later did they discover it was a prison break. If you believe a lie, you become subject to the lie. A secure prison that doesn’t think it has the legal power to keep a prisoner will become weak. A strong man who believes he’s really weak will act weak.

The devil is the father of lies. If you let him, he will assault you with lies. Eventually, you will believe them. He will say, “You are weak. You are bound to your sins. You can never break fee. You don’t have the strength to overcome. You will never really know a life of victory, joy, peace, and fulfillment.”

The point is: The Bible says that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Christ is stronger than the devil. If you have Christ, you have the power to overcome the devil’s lies. If you believe that you don’t have the power, then you won’t use the power you do have. Don’t believe the lie! You have the power of God to overcome all bondages, all sins, and all obstacles. Believe the good news and overcome. You have the power, in Jesus Name!

James Collins is the Pastor of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church.

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