“The most insidious lie we can believe about God is that He is somehow against us.”- Mark Batterson
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8
In Chapter 2 (“The Most Terrifying Fact”) of If, Mark Batterson quotes from author Eric Mataxas’ (Bonhoeffer: Pastor , Martyr, Prophet, Spy– 2011) speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012:
“Everything I rejected about God was not God. It was religion . . . It was people who go to church and do not show the love of [Jesus], people who don’t practice what they preach, people who are indifferent to the poor and suffering. . . . I had rejected that, but guess what? Jesus had also rejected that. . . . Jesus was and is the enemy of dead religion.”
When we believe the insidious lie that God is against us, we doubt God’s goodness. If Satan can get us to buy into that lie, Mark states, we posture ourselves against God. We reject Him for all the wrong reasons.
We, like Eric Metaxas, can rediscover who God truly is when we seek Him from a place of honesty rather than religiosity. How could anyone reject such a loving God? Pastor Batterson answers that rhetorical question- the obvious answer is that no one would reject a God like that. Mark has a theory- and an explanation:
“If you don’t love God, it’s because you don’t know God. . . . To know God is to love God. Not the God who isn’t; the God who is!” (emphasis author’s)
Today’s question: During your land between, transitional journey, what is the most insidious lie Satan has used to posture you against God? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Inner uncounquerableness”