Twisting the Truth
In chapters 4-5 of Lies Young Women Believe, Nancy DeMoss and Dannah Gresh discuss some of the common lies that young women believe about God and Satan. We saw that God is the source of all truth and He reveals truth in His Word (John 17:17), but Satan “is a liar and the father of lies.” So, clearly, these chapters deal a lot about the truths that we may not believe and the lies that we can believe.
Amber Estrada, one of our leaders, writes about the discussion she had in her group:
We learned that a lot of times, young women feel that God is not enough for us, that He is not really involved on our lives, that He should fix our problems, and that He is just like our father. It is a dangerous thing to have the wrong perception of God, which is why Nancy DeMoss and Dannah Gresh make it so clear in these chapters that studying the Word of God is crucial in knowing the truth of who He is. They write, ‘Study the Bible to get to know Jesus…When you see Christ as He is, it will be harder to believe things about God that aren’t true’ (53).
It is so easy to get caught up with what our friends, the media, and our emotions tell us about who God is. However, if we choose to study and meditate on the Word of God daily, we will know when a lie comes our way and we will be able to disregard it. The same goes for when we come across lies about Satan and satanic activity. Many of the girls in my group confessed that they had been involved with some of the things that the Bible refers to as satanic activity, without even realizing it. Things like horoscopes, yoga, and watching demonic scary movies seem harmless in our culture.; in fact, it is praised for being fun entertainment. After our group conveyed their opinions about whether or not they agreed with the book, by the end of our time together, we all had a better understanding that it is not about our opinion, but the truth of God’s Word.
God does not take satanic activity lightly, so neither should we. 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” And what is an effective way to have the love of the Father in you? It is to read the Word of God and pray for a willing and open heart to follow the truths of Scripture. If you daily immerse yourself in the Word of God, you will be equipped to not fall for the lies of our culture about who Satan is and who God is.
Do you know what was the first lie in human history? Genesis 3:1 records it. Satan said to Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’” But actually, God did not say this. He said, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). Satan twisted what God said and tried to strip God’s Word of its authority and accuracy. And he is still in the same business today.
How can you tell if a designer purse is fake? What makes you know it is a knock-off? It’s because you know what the real designer purse looks like and feels like. And the same applies to God’s Word. When we know the Word of God (truth), we will automatically be able to detect what’s false (lies). Go to God’s Word today and fill your mind, heart, and emotions with His truth—and don’t let it get twisted with lies!