KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:45 KJV” And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”
In the above key scripture, the Lord said the Jewish leaders would not believe Him, because He told them the truth. This could also imply, if he had told them a lie, then they would have believed it. Why is this so?
The following are some of the conditions that make people refuse the truth, but accept the lie.
1. According to John 3:19″ And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil”. Sinfulness in man makes him hardened to the word of truth and rather accept error. Heb 3:13 says the deceitfulness of sin hardens the heart of men to the truth.
2. Deceit normally entices the flesh and so men would easily fall for it. When the Lord rebuked Satan speaking by Peter’s voice, said ” Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”. Matt 16:23. Satan knows how much men love their flesh and anything that tends to put the flesh down is not an issue many would want to take. They would go for what would excite the flesh.
3. When the lust of people go for those they want to hear.2Ti 4:3 KJV “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4. Those who are enemies of the cross of Christ will not accept or believe in the truth. Phi 3:18 19 KJV (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Please note, that a Christian who is self-centred cannot believe the Lord. Believing in Jesus involves casting your life on His word. Those who love themselves are scared for their lives, yet sadly they would believe the liar (Satan) who would tell them he will destroy them. They are taken with fear. Dear one, break free from the control of the flesh and enter into faith in God.
I believe every word Jesus says. I am crucified with him. I have no regard for the liar. The Lord is with me. The Lord is the strength of my life. I am fully secured by His word. No evil will befall me. No disease, or poverty will stick itself to me.
THOUGHT: PLACE GOD’S INTEREST BEFORE YOURS, SO YOU CAN EASILY BELIEVE HIM.
Psalms 78:19 KJV” Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”
Acts 27:23,25 KJV” For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”