If I wanted you to do my bidding, but I knew you wouldn’t go along with my plan, what would be the best way for me to accomplish my goal? For instance, if I didn’t want to mow my yard and I would rather get you to do it, my best move would be to somehow get you to think it is your idea to mow my yard. I couldn’t just walk up to you and say, “You’re going to mow my yard and like it”; but if I could manipulate you into thinking it was your idea you would do it with gusto!
The Bible tells us, “the whole world lies in the wicked one.” In other words, we have all been deceived. Jesus called Satan the “Father of lies” and when he lies “he speaks his native tongue.” His whole operating procedure is based on manipulation. From the beginning he told Adam and Eve, “The day you eat of this your eyes will be opened and you will be as God.” You see Satan wants to replace God and the only way he can do this is by manipulating his greatest creation. That’s right! Man is God’s greatest creation made in his image. God’s plan has always been to live within man so we might be the fullest expression of His character and have dominion over his creation. Essentially he was, is and always will be God, and he’s the one in charge, it’s just that we would be the means in which He rules.
So let’s see if we can run through this plan. God designed mankind to be his dwelling place. The Bible calls us vessels and Temples signifying that we were to be where God’s Spirit would live. He is, and will always be, the All in our nothing. After all what’s a cup of coffee without the coffee? Or what’s a Temple if there’s no God living within?
Okay so let’s review what went wrong. Satan deceived Eve into thinking she could be independent from God and essentially be God herself. By listening to the enemy the whole of humanity took a tumble. In the New Testament we discover it was actually a little more than just a fall in fact Satan holed up in mankind in order to get us to do his bidding. We became what Paul called “dead in our trespasses and sins, we used to walk according to the course of the world, according to the “prince of the power of the air” (Satan), the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” So you see man not only broke God’s law, he opened himself up for another spirit to become his ruler. One great secret about man is man has always been the slave of another. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness but either way always a slave. The great deception is that we can be our own boss. Are you starting to catch on to the manipulation?
Satan wanted to dethrone God and take his place. Obviously he can’t do that but he did manage to do the next best thing didn’t he? He managed to get into Man and rule us even though it was by trickery. This is why sharing the gospel message is so important. We must tell others they don’t have to listen to the enemy anymore. Because of Jesus Christ, and his perfect sacrifice for mankind, we are free from his power! Once you know the truth the truth will set you free!
In the gospel of John, during one of Jesus’ many conflicts with the religious leaders of his day, Jesus told them “You are of your father the devil, and his lusts (desires) you do.” Wow! Did you catch that? Unbelievers aren’t even doing their own desires they’re doing the desires of their master. “The whole world lies in the wicked one.” Everyone of us have been affected by this deception. We all live our lives as if they are our own and we can do with them as we please. We say things like “Leave me alone, it’s my life, I’m not hurting anyone but myself” or “Your’e not the boss of me.” We’re saying and doing these things and the enemy has us believing it’s our idea. Thank God for the light of the gospel.
Even sharing the gospel can sometimes be difficult because the deception runs so deep. In fact, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” He’s going to do all he can to keep us in the dark so we continue to do his bidding. When it comes right down to it we can only walk in the light we have been given. My prayer is that your eyes would be opened and “God would give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.”
Do humans have a nature? I mean one of our own, independent of God. Or is our nature simply one derived from God either in submission to him or in rebellion against him? Could it be that we humans were created to be a vessel that contains the Spirit of God, and we are designed to simply be an expression of him? Maybe the whole lie in the Garden is what gave us the false idea that we are our own independent person apart from God. It seems to me this may be the very root of our problem.
When Adam partook of the forbidden fruit he allowed what the Bible calls the “spirit of error” into his vessel. Since then we have all been born with this illegal indweller that whispers lies into our inner thoughts. He says things such as you can do what you want. You are your own boss you don’t have to listen to them. It’s your life you’re not hurting anyone else anyway. Do you see how this starts to sound like it’s simply our thoughts rather than thoughts injected into us from the deceiver? God created us as vessels and yet Adam, and we, made the choice to disobey him. It’s just that in the process of disobeying we picked up a hitchhiker that took up residence within. Of course if he showed himself openly we would be repulsed and his deception would be foiled, so he is satisfied to manipulate us from under cover of darkness.
Remember Lucifer’s whole trip was he wanted to be like God. He said, “I will exalt myself.” He was also created by God to be an expression of him. He was apparently the first one to decide to become his own boss and it earned him a one way ticket out of heaven. What I would like for you to see though is in the fall of man we are born with that nature. The nature of one made to express God’s glory and yet in rebellion against his very purpose. When something doesn’t operate the way it was intended to it is at odds with itself, and we too will in turn become angry, frustrated, jealous, envious, hateful and etc. Do you see what I’m getting at?
In conclusion let me just say it this way. We human beings don’t really have a nature of our own. We simply are an expression of the nature of the one within us, either the divine nature of Jesus Christ or the sinful nature of the spirit of error himself, a fallen angel, who is forever trapped to live a life at odds with himself and all those around him. Thankfully for us God saw fit to make a way for us to be delivered from the spirit of error and the wheel of anguish that is his life. The deliverance only comes through dying to the self exalting mentality of the enemy. It is through the cross of Christ that we are co-crucified in order to evict the illegal resident. The Bible tells us we that are joined to Christ in his crucifixion are also joined with him in his resurrection; raised to walk in newness of life. Essentially the spirit of error goes out, and the Holy Spirit of God comes into the vessel to change us into the expression of God we were created for in the first place.
Written by Louie