Devotions By Jan

Language Lab

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labIMG_20160514_095058Scripture For Today: John 8:44 “…He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

This photo takes me back to the early days of learning French in the language lab.  The teacher there in Albertville, France could quietly listen in on our progress, or lack of it!  Mastering French was quite a challenge.  And of course one never stops learning.  My motivation kept me focused as real life usage was just outside the door.

If in Heaven we all speak French then I have an advantage!  Who really knows what language we may be speaking there!  One thing is certain.  The devil’s native language will not be heard.  Today’s verse describes his native language as being lies.  He does not speak anything else.  The truth is just not found in him.  The devil is the “father of lies” and his goal is to deceive and destroy.

The only way I know to recognize his lies is to know and be convinced of the Truth found in God’s Word.  The devil will try to convince me that I am worth nothing.  He will bring up my past and my failures and chain me to feelings of unworthiness.  But it will not work.  God’s Word tells me I am forgiven and no longer under any condemnation (Rom. 8:1).  How could I be worth nothing when Jesus died for my sin?  He loves me with an everlasting love! (Ps. 103:17)  How fantastic it will be to one day never hear those lies again!

Thank you Lord, for speaking to me the language of truth and love!


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