Satan entices, especially the believer, with all kinds of counterfeits to the truth. But remember, Satan was defeated at the “Cross.” The only way he can harm us is through deception.
One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves though is, “I know better than what God’s Word says.” We do this when we reason within ourselves to justify what actions we have taken in a situation.
God alone, determines what is right and wrong. The day that Adam chose to disobey, he determined for himself good from evil. That’s the ultimate error in our thinking – the lie against the truth.
Satan will use any approach he can to keep us from experiencing the full measure of God’s riches.
And here is how he does it: through philosophies; through Bible verses taken out of context; and through teachers or preachers who “sound so right!”
Counterfeit: Seek success at any price.
Truth: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Counterfeit: Get rich anyway you can.
Truth: “Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth…But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19,20).
Counterfeit: Step on whomever and make another look bad to gain popularity.
Truth: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself” (Matthew 16:24).
Counterfeit: If you don’t look out for number one, no one else will.
Truth: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3, 4).
Counterfeit: I can’t be happy single; I can’t live without so and so; I’ll be happy when I have…
Truth: “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am in” (Philippians 4:11).
And the biggest counterfeit to God’s truth: If it feels good, do it. I’m not bothering anybody.
Truth: “Not my will, but Your will be done” (Luke 22:42).
It takes light to dispel the condition of darkness. It’s the same spiritually. It takes truth to dispel the error of false thinking.