The Devil Tells Lies

devilYou probably already know this.

Then, why do we fall for his tricks so often?

Let’s face it.  He can be pretty convincing at times.

Sometimes it helps just to remind ourselves of this truth…

The devil lies to you and me

Call to mind that issue that keeps plaguing you lately.

Now ask yourself

Does that thought bring me encouragement?

Does that thought bring me peace?

Does that thought lift my spirits?

Or are those thoughts causing depression, fear and discouragement?

If you tend to feel more like the last answers, guess where those thoughts are coming from?

You see, God’s thoughts are never fearful, never depressing and never discouraging.

That would be against His nature.

That’s a sure way to recognize, that even though the thought may seem very real,

It didn’t come from your Heavenly Father.

And you cannot afford to have a thought in your head that He doesn’t have in His.


So, what’s a person to do?

Sometimes thought bombard us so badly that we cannot seem to turn them off.

Rather than trying NOT to think about them, just simply choose to think on something else.  Let me give you an example…

In working with young people a lot, a common lie Satan tells them is

You will die young.

But that goes against God’s Word.  Psalms 91 explains that God wants to give us a long life.

The devil may retort with…

“Yes, but there are lots of good people that have died young.  That means you are a candidate too!”

And there is some truth to that statement.

He’s very good about putting enough truth in a statement to make you believe it.

But we do not know the circumstances that surround the deaths of every good, young person.

What we do know is what God’s Word has said.

Children who obey their parents are promised a long life (Exodus 20:12), plus the promise in the 23rd Psalm.

Wouldn’t it be a better idea to agree with what God has spoken than what the enemy has spoken to you?


Here’s another popular lie the enemy tries to sell us…

Your nerves are getting so bad you are going to have a nervous breakdown.

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And you know as well as I do, some days are so bad that this almost seems true!

So, what’s a person to do on days like this?

Remember the words of the One who gave up His life so that we could have a wonderful life.

Take His words and turn them into declarations over your life because the power of life and death is in your tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

Recently, a young adult mentioned to me they had a headache all day.

They explained lies began to pour into their head that sounded like this:

“You have an aneurysm”

Immediately, fear gripped their heart.  “I have had a headache all day. Could this be the case?” they wondered.

But they knew this was not God’s nature for their life to be cut short, and so they began to say His promises of life aloud.

This is how we combat the lies the devil tells us.Bible

Knowing some of these lies have sounded familiar to you too, let me give you some Scriptural declarations to speak over your life:

God hears me when I pray, answers me, and delivers me from all my fears.  Ps. 34:4

God is holding my right hand and is telling me not to fear because He is helping me.         –Isa. 41:13

I have God’s peace because He gave it to me.  John 14:27

Lord, I thank you that you have granted me peace at all times and under all circumstances, whatever comes.  2 Thessalonians 3:16

Jesus came that I might be safe and sound.  John 3:17

I hope in God because he is reliable, trustworthy and faithful to His promises.                 –Hebrews 10:23

The righteous face troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue every time.  Ps 34:19


If you’ve been battling lies of the enemy, I strongly suggest copying and pasting these Scriptures, then printing them out and keeping them nearby for declaration.

You will be amazed the next time the devil comes to you in the night to cause you to experience anxiety and these Scriptural declarations rise up in your spirit and bring you peace.

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Receiving the Secret Petitions of Your Heart

Have you ever had a desire for something that you wouldn’t even talk about for fear that you would “jinx” it from coming to pass?secret

We all have those secret petitions that we keep deep inside, sometimes only known to God.

Sometimes we feel that they are not spiritual, therefore God doesn’t care about them.

As a former high school teacher, I recall a conversation between a teacher and student when the student explained he was praying he would make the basketball team.

“You’re not supposed to pray about things like that,” the teacher said.

But I beg to differ.  If it’s important to you, then it’s important to God.

That is evident in Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. “(AMP)

Like with many of God’s promises, there is a key to receiving.

Delight yourself in God.

Notice, this verse doesn’t say, delight God.  It explains to delight YOURSELF.

Having a relationship with God should be delightful.

How is this accomplished?

By trusting His definition of Himself--Love. (1 John 4:8)

If you truly believe He is Love, then you will trust He only wants the best in life for you.

 Think about your children…it’s much easier to grant their requests when the relationship between the two of you is delightful and not estranged.

If you have some issues with your Father, why not take it up with Him?

Get distance out of the way because He is ready to help make those secret petitions of your heart a reality.


Did you know sometimes God is so ready to grant our desires that, at times, He grants them before we ask?

In college, I recall standing in the English building at Troy University looking at a bulletin board I passed each day.

On this particular day I happen to notice an honor society called Sigma Tau Delta.

“That’s funny,” I thought.  “I’ve never seen that before.”

The next day I received an invitation in the mail to become a part of this honor society for English majors.

I had to chuckle thinking of how God was already planning this blessing even before I knew to ask for it.

Jesus explained our Heavenly Dad’s goodness when He said,

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:11 NLT)

I’m sure you know what a joy it is to give your children the desires of their heart.

Just imagine–our Heavenly Dad wants to give us our desires even more–so much more that the moment the desire pops into our heart–it’s already granted!!!


And, of course, there are needs we have that seem impossible for God to meet.

Let me assure you–there is no need bigger than God.

We can either look at a big problem and see a small God, or we can look at a small problem and see a big GOD!


We own a business that manufactures steel components for electrical substations.

We started this manufacturing business on the town’s busy main street, not exactly ideal for our forklifts that had to transport steel that can be up to 40′ in length.

Not to mention the employee parking and storing of excess steel on a yard.

It was only a short span of time after we began our manufacturing company that a contractor was hired to remodel the buildings on the main street.

Knowing that our manufacturing business was not a good fit for the main street, the contractor offered us a new building with yard space if we would call it an even swap for our three old main street buildings.

We jumped at the chance!

We got a NEW building, WITH LAND, for no additional cost.

God had met an immediate need.

The years passed by and our business began to grow in ways that would have been impossible on a busy main street.

That came with a new set of problems, however.

As our business grew, so did our employees, which meant more parking area was needed.

We also needed area to load steel onto diesel trucks for shipping, as well as enough area to store steel for upcoming shipments.

We also outgrew the building and remodeled some of the unused office space into shop space, creating an odd layout that caused our forklift drivers to get very creative moving long steel channels around the shop space since our building was not designed with overhead cranes.

Knowing we needed more space, but knowing how much commercial property cost, we began to pray concerning this need, while at the same time realizing how difficult it was to solve financially.


Driving my daughter to school one day, I noticed a car dealership had been listed for sale.

My heart leaped as I thought how perfect the building and land would be for our company.

I quickly called the real estate agent to find out the property had been repossessed by the bank and had been reduced from over $1,000,000 to $800,000.

We certainly didn’t have this kind of money, but I knew my Heavenly Dad did.

I begin to pray and stand on the promise from Proverbs 13:22

“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.” (NLT)

We began to declare this Scripture and claim the promise of God’s provision.

We made an offer on the property that offended the real estate agent because it was half of the current asking price.

Long story short, we did not pursue the property for nearly a year, but, one day out of the blue, the real estate agent called to tell us the bank was ready to accept our offer!

Today, we are enjoying our office buildings and yard.

Mid-South Fabrications, Inc.

We have grown even more and have enlarged this facility as well.  Currently, we are looking to make one more addition for more shop space.


And, as always, we still delight ourselves in having a relationship with our Heavenly Dad.

Pastoring a church and running a company isn’t always easy.  Matter of fact, I worried for a long time about our time being split between the two.

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Daddy God eased my mind one day when he spoke this to my spirit…

“If I can help David run a kingdom and lead an army, I can help Keven run a business and pastor a church.”

God is good in that He gives us the strength to do all He has put into our care.

And He is good to give us the secret petitions we long to see, as well as those we need to see come to pass.

Ending Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank you for every dream you’ve made come to pass for me.  You know there are still some secret desires I wish to see come true.  I know you care about these because they are important to me and I am important to you.  My relationship with you is delightful, and as you grant the secret petitions of my heart as You’ve promised, I ask you to help me find more and more delight in doing life with You.

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