L-S-D (LIES, SECRETS & DECEPTION)
Have you ever wondered how lies, secrets and deception impact our lives? How does God view L-S-D? Is it possible to overcome such sins and walk in truth, honesty and integrity? Is L-S-D a choice issue only, or influenced by demonic forces as well? This book L-S-D will answer these questions as it explores the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, looking at the lies, secrets and deception in the lives of those that have lived before us. It reveals how such actions changed their lives or even the course of history, resulting in separation from family, friends and God. This book will not only serve as a warning against the practice of lies, secrets and deception, but also to motivate us to walk in truth, honesty and integrity as it contains many valuable keys to daily living. It also reveals God’s grace as we confess our sins and turn to Him for forgiveness.
The first lie started in the Garden of Eden by the master and father of lies. The serpent told Eve she would not surely die if she ate from the tree of good and evil, but that she would be like a god, knowing good and evil. This was in direct contrast to what God told Adam in Genesis 2:16-17, “You are to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”Adam and Eve had eternal life before being deceived, but traded that for eternal death!…
Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son and put them on Jacob, she also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins, as it resembled the human hair very closely. The picture of deception is quite clear here. The sin of deception had to be covered up, even before the actual sin was to take place. The end result of the sin was far more appealing than the consequences. This is what the serpent did in the Garden of Eden, he made the consequences of disobedience to God, appear to be far more appealing than the blessings of God!….
Sin does not pay! Not only did it cost Achan his own life, but his family as well, and thirty-six other men. It was only after the penalty for the sin was dispensed, that the Lord turned from his fierce anger and delivered Ai into their hands, Joshua 7:26 – 8:28. This is a very clear example of a secret sin, which affected the whole community. So often what we think is our personal business or our own secret sin, does not affect our individual life alone, but the lives of those around us. Satan would have us to believe otherwise, as the more persons he can infect with a “personal” sin, the more dominion he can have over the earth. What would our society be like to live in if the above example from the book of Joshua was followed in our day?
Absalom not only sinned against the people of Israel, but against his own father. It would appear that his endeavors were successful up to this point, but the consequences of his actions had far reaching effects and eventually resulted in death. This is a good place to pause, search your heart and ask the following questions. How often have family members deceived each other? How often have church leaders deceived their congregation by living lives with a double standard? How often have leaders of nations deceived their own followers?….
All of us have secret thoughts and desires from time to time, some of them godly and others fueled by our sinful desires, but it is what we do with those desires that create the separation between God and those around us. If we share those secrets and desires with others, the power or the hold they have over us will be broken and easier to resist. Jesus was not only addressing the issue of adultery here, but he was addressing the secret sins of our thoughts and heart. So often we don’t share those ungodly desires and secrets with those we love or even with God, because we want to give in to them and experiment, or to have our own way; regardless of the boundaries that God or even society has set in place to preserve and protect our lives….
Peter said to him, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. It may appear from Peter’s statement, that Ananias had no choice in what he did, but he made the choice to lie, he conspired with his wife to lie. Ananias did not get a second chance; the judgment of the Lord was instant. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is it this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” She replied that it was the price. Sapphira was given another choice here, she could have told the truth and confessed to Peter, but she had conspired with her husband and chose to lie. This was met with the same fate as her husband, instant death.
I cannot help but ponder on the incidents in Acts 5, what if the same judgment was dispensed in our day? How would it alter the way we live? Great fear fell on the people of that day, would it have the same effect today? Or would mankind probably try to rationalize and dismiss it as a coincidence? This incident demonstrates to me personally how God views lying, as it is totally contradictory to Him, who is the Truth! Ananias and Sapphira did not die because they wanted to keep back a portion of the money for themselves, they died because they lied and attempted to deceive man and God….
Satan appeared to Eve in the garden and pretended to be a friend, and to Jesus Christ in the wilderness, he pretended to be concerned for his well being, when his design was nothing but evil. He introduces God’s creation to what appears to be the truth, but then introduces them to the most notorious falsehood and errors. And under the pretense of religion, he introduces all sorts of idolatry, superstition and false piety….
Is it possible that Satan, the father of deception, was himself deceived? I will let you be the judge of that after reading the following chapters! If the deceiver himself was deceived into believing something that was totally impossible, why is it that we think that we can get away with lies, secrets and deception? Deception is the cornerstone or foundation for all lies and secrets….
This is the conclusion, but you may still have unanswered questions about your own personal lies, secrets and deception. You may ask the question, “Where do I go from here?” I cannot change the past. I cannot alter what I have done. I cannot take back the lie or deception. I do not want to take my secret to the grave.
The answer may seem all too simple, but this is all that is required of you, confess the sins, make restitution if necessary and possible, reveal the truth and ask forgiveness of those you have wronged. Ask God to forgive you and forget what is behind, and strain towards what is ahead, Philippians 3:13.
L-S-D ( Lies, Secrets and Deception) ISBN # 1-591601-84-3 Can be obtained from all major online retailers. Check out www.Amazon.com and search inside this book.
MIND-FIELD OF SUCCESS OR DEFEAT
The Mind-Field of Success or Defeat explores why the mind is the greatest battlefield on earth. It looks at individuals who were successful as they chose to live by the Spirit and the Word of God. This is in contrast to those individuals who suffered defeat as they chose to disobey God’s Word and allowed their minds to dictate their actions according to their abilities, perception. circumstances, and influences from the works of darkness. This book will challenge, encourage readers to walk in obedience to God’s Word and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Only then can they fulfill their purpose and destiny on earth according to God’s design, and not according to the dictates of their minds. It will provide valuable insights on how to achieve the victory that Jesus Christ obtained on the cross of Calvary.
The mind is the greatest battlefield on the earth as validated by the examples given in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. As it is the mind that determines the path that we should travel in life, to either fulfill the destiny that God has for our lives, or fulfill the destiny that we have determined for ourselves, or to fulfill the destiny that Satan has planned for us. There are many choices that we can make in life, but they do not all lead to the same end or final destination. Thus there are only two choices that really matter, to obey God and inherit eternal life or disobey Him unto eternal death. As success in life, if not measured by God’s standards, in not success at all. We may achieve fame, fortune, and everything that we desire, but if it does not lead to eternal life, then that success is not really success, but defeat. This is what the mind ultimately tries to determine, to live with God or without Him, to obey or disobey Him, to be used by God or to be vessels used by Satan, to know good from evil.
The greatest battle a Christian or any of God’s creation will ever face will be the battle for their minds. It will not be the physical battles that will cause any man or woman to fall or lose hope, but it will be the battle that is constantly going on in their minds. Although the physical battles will indirectly affect the mind, it will ultimately be the mind that will determine if a person will give up or fight the trials of life.
The mind is not the source of life, yet controls every aspect of it. Adam and Eve lost the battle for their minds through rebellion and deception respectively, and this became the foundation for the works of Satan upon the earth. This is why it is so vital for Satan to control the mind of man. If he can control the mind of mankind through the indoctrination of cults, leaders of nations, and those living according to their standards and lifestyles, he can keep us from fulfilling the plan and purposes that God has for our lives. Thus the mind has become the greatest battlefield for every person. Every man and woman is capable of far much more than at present, but most of us allow the circumstances, past and present, to dictate our potential in God and upon the earth.
God created every man and woman to do His will on earth. He imparts to us all that we need to reach our potential, but we can allow the circumstances and what we believe to be our natural abilities, to limit our potential. Thus many of us set limitations on what we believe that we are capable of doing, and fail to accomplish all our dreams and desires, and to fulfill our destiny in God. We listen to the voice of reason and not to the Spirit of God! We listen to the voice of Satan and the fear that he plants in our minds, to hinder the work of God upon the earth.
Many of us ask this same question as Moses, “Who am I?” We tend to see ourselves through the eyes of our past failures and what others have said about us. We assume an identity that we believe that we must fulfill, at least according to our mind, according to what we see, hear, feel, touch and smell, not according to what the Spirit of God imparts to us. Remember, man was not alive even though he was a complete physical being, until the Spirit of God was imparted to him! I will now leave you to answer the question, “Who are you?”
It is God that gave us the ability to see, hear, touch, feel and smell, but this is subjected to the experiences of the past, present, and the circumstances around us. If we allow the mind to formulate the physical experiences and respond to them according to what we perceive in the natural, we are bound to experience defeat. God also gave us the ability to reason, but if this reason is based solely on our experiences and beliefs, then we are sure to stumble and fall. But if we utilize the fullness that God had planted within us and allow the Spirit of God to lead and direct our responses, then we would experience success far more often and fall less in the traps that Satan has determined for us.
David did not look at the size of the enemy, but at the size of God, his focus was not on the victories the Philistine had won, but on the victories that God had given him against the lion and the bear. He did not waver in his confession of the Lord’s ability to deliver, because he had experienced it firsthand. He was not seeking his own glory, but was declaring the power and might of God to the Philistine and all those around him. The Philistine declared his own fate, when he told David that he would feed his flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. David reiterated this same phrase to Goliath, but went a step further and declared the outcome of the entire Philistine’s army.
Many of us face giants in our lives that appear insurmountable, we look at the obstacles and circumstances around us and we feel defeated in our minds, we feel it is impossible to overcome these giants. But if we follow the example of David, then victory will be ours and not defeat. Goliath looked at David and not at the spirit in him; he looked at the size of David and declared his victory. David looked at the size of God and not at the size of Goliath, and declared his victory.
Jesus did not entertain a conversation with the devil. He did not respond to him with His mind as Adam and Eve did, but He responded with the Word and the Spirit. He did not have to test or prove the word, as He was the Word in the flesh. Despite the fact that Jesus was God in the flesh, He had all the same physical needs as us, as He was born of the flesh. He demonstrated very clearly how to overcome the temptations and desires that the devil sends our way. After Jesus rebuked the devil with the Word, he departed from Him and angels came and ministered unto Him.
Jesus knew who He was and the purpose of His life, He set the example for us to follow. As a result of His decision and obedience to the Spirit of God, all mankind can have eternal life and defeat the works of darkness by the Word and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Satan never attempted to attack or temp Jesus again, but worked through the religious leaders instead!
We determine the final outcome of our life on this earth and for eternity, depending on the choices that we make according to the dictates of our minds. We can choose eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, or we can choose eternal death by rejecting Him. This is in contrast to Satan, who has no such choice! His final outcome is determined and set by God for his rebellion and works upon the earth since the creation of time, as stated in Revelation 20:10,” And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” The kingdom of darkness will be completely destroyed.
Dreams and desires are won or lost in the battlefield of the mind; “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law, but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man am I! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:21-25.
Our success or achievement in life is very limited if we allow our minds to dictate the path we should follow, but if we allow ourselves to be influenced by the Spirit of God and that which He has imparted to us; we will achieve our potential in life and fulfill our destiny on earth.
The Mind-Field of Success or Defeat, ISBN # 1-597810-22-3 Can be obtained from all major online retailers. Check out www.Amazon.com and search inside this book.