The Power of Implied Truth

by APC on January 27, 2016

As a child, I was a terrible liar. I don’t know when I started lying or where I learned the concept. Somewhere in the cognitive growth process, I picked up on the idea and unfortunately became a pathological liar. My parents could pretty much know 99.9% of what came out of my mouth was a falsehood.

As I look back on my growth process and transition out of my “lying stage” I see how my human flesh was reigning supreme in my life—even at an early age. I was listening to the wrong voice; the voice telling me to speak a lie instead of a truth. I even knew what was truth, but spoke the opposite.

Because I hadn’t learned the ability to die out to my flesh as a child, I was serving self. But, I was also serving the one who urges us to serve ourselves; he is the ruler of this world (Ephesians 2:2; John 12:31).

Scripture tells us the devil is the father of all lies (John 8:44). When he speaks, he speaks lies. Being the father of all lies, Satin is essentially the inventor of the lie.

When God created the heavens and the angels, Lucifer claimed he would be like the most high God (Isaiah 14:14). Once he was overpowered and cast from heaven to the earth (Revelation 12:9), his propensity to lie led mankind into spiritual death (Genesis 3:1; II Corinthians 11:3). Now, the devil’s ultimate goal is to seek out those whom he may devour and deceive with his lies (II Corinthians 4:4).

In our spiritual walk, we can easily fall prey to the words Satan whispers in our ears. He can cause conflict, depression, anger—polluting the very joy God has granted to us! But, if we know he is the father of lies, and speaks lies, we have a powerful tool to combat those lies. We have an awareness of implied truth.

God has taught us all throughout Scripture the invaluable awareness of implied truth. When God gives a condition to receive a blessing, we know if we don’t follow His instructions, we won’t receive a blessing. Or, when God dictates which actions will receive punishment, if we avoid those actions, we won’t receive punishment.

For example, John 3:5 states, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (KJV). While mentioned numerous times throughout Scripture, we can discern the implied truth of this verse—if we are not born of the water and of the Spirit, we will not enter into the kingdom of God.

So, how does this apply to what the devil says? When the devil speaks an untruth, we can know the exact opposite is true! When he tries to cast down a Saint of God by telling us we can never be forgiven, or God will not deliver us from our present circumstance, or we will be in a state of depression for the rest of our life, we can know that God will forgive us (I John 1:9), will deliver us (II Corinthians 1:10), and will give us joy for our sorrow (John 16:20).

The greatest tool the devil thinks he has in his arsenal can have the least impact on the Saint of God as long as we combat it with the implied truth. When he speaks defeat, we should rejoice that victory is on its way! The next time the devil tries to get you down with a nasty little lie, remember the implied truth. It is the truth that will make you free (John 8:32)!