From “Growing in the character of a disciple”: Chapter 10 – How we can develop ‘the love of the truth’ and the character quality , and habit, of truthfulness?
Lying comes naturally to us. It flows out of our sinful flesh nature. It also comes naturally to Satan and to his demons. They are compulsive liars and lie continuously. Even if a demon says something which contains some true facts, there will always be a false twist to it, which renders it false overall. Therefore, whenever we lie we are following the example of the Devil and his demons. We are showing that the Devil is our real father:
44“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.John 8:44 (NASB)
Lies are a demon’s main weapon
See Books Seven and Nine for more details on how demons use lies as a device to control and manipulate us. They use lies on a daily basis to get us to believe what they say, instead of believing the truth. Believing those lies causes a huge amount of disruption and damage in our lives. In addition to lying to us, the demons also want to get us to lie to other people. They will tempt and lure you into becoming a liar and to make it habitual.
Our flesh nature is deceitful enough already, but the added influence of a demon whispering into our ear can lead to us going further than we would ever have gone by ourselves. The tendency to lie, especially where it has become habitual or addictive, is a strong sign of demonic involvement in your life.
Why do the demons want us to lie?
There are many reasons why a demon wants to get you to lie, and why they put so much effort into getting you to do it. Firstly, if they can get you to become a liar, then it brings God’s curse upon you, as we saw earlier, in Zechariah chapter five.
That then turns God Himself into your opponent. That suits the demon very well. It means they can get God to oppose you in ways that they are not capable of themselves. Therefore, merely by luring you into lying, they can bring about serious damage in your life and in your walk with God. They also want us to lie because of the havoc that it causes in our marriage, relationships, career and church and because it ruins our credibility as a witness for Jesus Christ.