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Before the dawn of creation the battle raged between good and evil.

Goodness reigned in the form of God, while one who had tasted of that goodness, only to lose it forever, questioned, accused, and railed. Succumbing to pride, the fallen one lives eternally separated from all God had originally shared with him from the beginning. He stumbled at his own pride.

And now this Father of lies, the Accuser, the Adversary, the Evil one himself delights in nothing more than propagating his lies and false accusations to any who will listen. As long as the earth has spun, his business is to blind humanity to the beauty and wonder, the goodness, majesty and mercy of the Creator, by spouting and shouting his falsehoods… to destroy the goodness now withheld.

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Lucifer’s error condemned him eternally. The reason for which Hell was created—for the Rebel and his underlings. It is the one place where redemption is not offered, where second chances do not exist.

Job had not been told of the scenario which would take place in his life. Satan presented the accusation to the Most High God, suggesting His faithful servant’s motives were less than pure… insinuating that greed and material gain propelled his service. Satan assumes, because all of humanity shares his tendency toward self-worship, that we will not or cannot turn our gaze from the mirror, toward Heaven.

God allowed trouble to reveal the truth about Job’s devotion to his God. Worship in the advent of pain produced all the evidence needed. Interestingly, the Accuser is silent after Job worshiped yet a second time.

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.  –  Psalm 85:10

Eve believed the lie mixed with truth, plunging all of creation into depravity.

Since the beginning Satan’s lies have permeated history. Through the centuries men and women believe Satan’s lies and lie themselves. Our world bulges in excess with counterfeiters, con-artists, imposters, traitors, beguilers, forgery, perjury, fraud, dupes, weasels in human skin, clandestine appointments and illicit transactions.

The tendency to lie our way through life’s difficulties is intuitive within the human psyche. My children did not hear from their parents’ lips instructions on how to avoid telling the truth—they were born knowing. I repeated to them often: I’d rather have the ugly truth than a pretty lie.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?  –  Jeremiah 17:9

To keep their spirits up, terminal hospital patients are lied to: “You will live.”

Yet the truth is, for each of us, all we have is today. Terminal or not, we should live this day to the fullest—doing everything we can to strengthen ourselves, to learn and absorb all the good this day holds. Then, if tomorrow comes, we’ll be ready for it.

Don’t give me pretty lies, Baby—no sweet little lies. Just tell me the truth, the plain, hard, ugly truth. A life based on lies is no life at all. Truth can be ugly, yes. It reveals the wretchedness inside me. But at least truth is real. It’s what I have to work with. It’s what I must face before growth or change or renewal can take place.

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  –  John 17:17

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.  –  Psalm 51:6

To be continued…

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