THREE BIG LIES

A man I had been trying to persuade to invest in my business had asked me some very intimidating questions including if I was deceived about myself and what I was doing. Then he had the gall to tell me that Jesus Christ kept him from being deceived. I had kicked the man out of my office, but I couldn’t kick his questions out of my mind.

Then, a few months later, three of my stockholders from New York filed charges against me with the SEC, the IRS initiated an audit of our corporate books, my bank called our line of credit due, my employees all quit and I was evicted from my office in Brooks Towers (because I couldn’t pay the rent).  Within a few weeks I lost everything (including my home and cars) and it looked like I was headed for jail for stock fraud and tax evasion.

A friend had allowed me to move into the basement of his home. As I sat in my friend’s  basement one night, I was in great despair. I had to admit that I had been very deceived about myself. I was faced with the 3 big lies that I had believed.

HERE are the 3 BIG LIES THAT I HAD BELIEVED

BIG LIE #1:  I AM THE CENTER OF UNIVERSE.

BIG LIE #2:  I AM IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE.

BIG LIE #3:  I AM NOT REPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT

LET ME EXPLAIN THESE LIES:

BIG LIE #1:  I AM THE CENTER OF UNIVERSE. By center, I mean (not the geographic center), but that which is most important – that which should be the object of attention and admiration. I believed and lived as though everything revolved around ME: My dreams, My goals, My achievements, My performance, My health, My success, My problems, My struggles, ME, ME, ME. And the consequence was that I loved no-one except myself

BIG LIE #2: I AM IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE. I believed and lived as though I was the master of my own fate. My motto was “Whatever I can conceive and believe, I can achieve”. And the consequence of this was – that I made a fool of myself, what I “achieved” had no lasting value and it kept me distracted  from what I should have been doing.

BIG LIE #3: I AM NOT REPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT. The key to understanding this lie is to realize that there are LAWS that we will be held responsible for obeying. However, often, we won’t be held responsible  immediately. We may be able to ignore some laws for a while, but there will come a time when we will have to face them.

For a long time I ignored a lot of traffic laws, I ignored some tax laws, I ignored some SEC Laws and I ignored all of God’s laws. And guess what? I got away with it – for a time. But there came a time when I have had to face the truth and the consequences of ignoring these laws.

My life was built on these lies. Now, by the grace of God, I’m LEARNING to build my life upon some truths.

 Remember BIG LIE #1I AM THE CENTER OF UNIVERSE

THE TRUTH IS: God is center of universe. He is the creator, ruler and  sustainer of everything and my life will have purpose only in light of my understanding of who God is and what His purpose is.

Remember BIG LIE #2: I AM IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE.

THE TRUTH IS: God alone is in control of everything – including my life. I can do nothing apart from Him. I cannot move a muscle or take a breath. My heart cannot beat, my eyes cannot blink. I am totally dependent upon him for everything: especially Direction, Strength, and Truth.

If I seek Him, He will guide me: show me what I should do.

If I seek Him and obey Him, He will empower me: enable me to do what I should do. More important, He will give me the motivation to do what I should do.

If I seek Him and ask Him, He will show me the Truth: The Truth about Himself (who He is, what He has done and What He is saying), He will show me the Truth about me (who I am, what I have done and why – my motives), and He will reveal the Truth about what’s really going on in the world around me.

To seek Him is to acknowledge Him, depend upon Him, and trust Him. I can seek and find Him through prayer, through the scriptures, and through others who know Him.

REMEMBER BIG LIE #3, I AM NOT REPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT.

THE TRUTH IS: I WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for Seeking, Understanding, and Obeying God and others whom God has put in authority over me.

The State and the IRS and the SEC have gone to great expense to make known the traffic and tax and securities laws. They are all written down (the tax laws alone, are over 150,000 pages and they are always changing).

But much more important, God has made very clear what he requires of us (How we are to live. And How it is possible.) And He has written it all down, and it is not 150,000 pages, and it never changes.

AND he has gone to the infinite expense of Sacrificing His Son on the Cross – first, to save us from the condemnation that we all face for disobeying Him; second, to enable us to live for Him and others instead of ourselves; and third, to give us the joy and peace that He created us to have in our relationship with Him – and ALL OF THIS to show forth His glory.

THERE WILL COME A DAY when we will all stand before Him to give an account for how we have lived and we will be held responsible for seeking or ignoring what God has said and done.

And there will be consequences – now and for eternity.

Now, I didn’t see all these things that night in my friend’s basement. All I saw was that I was deceived – especially about these three things. I’ve been learning these truths over the course of many years since that night.

Seeing these truths began the next day when I ended up in the office of another “religious kook”. But this time, I was ready to listen.