Lies: Satan’s Playground

by Larry Hehn on December 7, 2012

lies“[The devil] has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44

I don’t usually remember my dreams. I know I have them, but most vanish from my memory as soon as my eyes open. But the dream I had on Monday morning was disturbing enough to stick with me.

I was with a former co-worker at one of those “family entertainment centers”, something like a Chuck E. Cheese’s for grownups. He had just finished playing a bunch of games, and was at a checkout machine to pay for his evening’s fun.

As he clocked out, a long printout spewed from the machine. His eyes grew wide as he scanned an ever-growing list of surprise fees. All the fun he had was going to cost a lot more than planned.

He had been fleeced, and there was nothing he could do about it.

I watched the color drain from his face, as the creepy owner smirked, “So, was it worth it?”

I knew right away who the owner was.

At that point I woke up. With the name “Satan’s Playground” bouncing around in my head.

Satan is a master of deception. It’s his one and only profession. It’s his art.

He’s not the conspicuous pitchfork-toting, horned, barb-tailed, red-skinned repulsive creature we might envision.

No, he’s handsome, charming, influential and subtle. He’s the ultimate “spin doctor”. He tells the most beautiful lies. So beautiful that we want to believe them, might even fall for them.

But no matter how beautiful a lie may seem, it is still a lie.

Satan’s playground has its appeal, but when we add up the hidden cost, it’s never worth it.

…it is impossible for God to lie. – Hebrews 6:18

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32

God’s way may not be popular. It may not be sexy. It definitely isn’t easy.

But I know whose face I’d rather see at the end of the road asking me, “So, was it worth it?”

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David Rupert December 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

Larry, lies do cost us. They have cost me a family, a career, and friends. Once you break from from deception, it’s a big world of joy. The truth IS liberating, and it does set you free.
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Larry Hehn December 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Amen, David. I appreciate you sharing!

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Russ December 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

The dream that you mention is a fear I have in real life… I hate going to restaurants where everything is a la carte and you have to figure out what you’re really paying for and what is extra. Good points… you don’t think of the cost while you’re having your “fun”.
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Larry Hehn December 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Right on, Russ. Sometimes the cost just slaps you in the face later.

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Dan McM December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Good post, Larry. And yes, that would be a scary dream.

The video game parlor is a pretty appropriate setting actually, not because I think video games are evil or anything like that, but because nothing real gets accomplished if all we’re doing is entertaining ourselves. For me, that’s one of the biggest areas of Satan’s lies to deal with — the distraction of wordly crap that accomplishes nothing eternal.

Your post also snapped me to attention. I woke up feeling grumbly about a personal situation I’m dealing with, and this illustration makes me see that situation for what it is — not that big of a deal, certainly nothing worth letting myself get derailed over.

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Larry Hehn December 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Thank you for your encouraging words, Dan. I’m glad this spoke to you!

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Liz McLennan December 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Whoa.
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Larry Hehn December 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

That’s the same thing my wife said when she read this, Liz.
Yep, it was definitely a memorable dream.

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Juan Cruz Jr December 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm

That’s was some dream, Larry. As we get closer to the 2nd coming of Christ we need to ask ourselves is what we are doing worth it? Especially from a heavenly value perspective. Everything we do should be geared to secure our salvation. We can’t go along with the whims of the world. These days good is being called bad, and bad is being called good. We have to be vigilant that we don’t compromise our souls for temporary pleasure. Great post.
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Larry Hehn December 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Right on, Juan. Thanks!

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tcavey December 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

In the past few years I haven’t had time to read much fiction, but there is one series I’m loving “Wrath and Righteousness” by Chris Stewart. I could go on and on but I’ll just say it’s worth reading. Stewart does a good job of showing how satan lies to people, how he whispers in their ears and causes all sorts of problems ins our world.
Your post reminds me of that series. Can’t wait for the next book to come out!

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Larry Hehn December 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

I hadn’t heard of that series. I’ll have to get a copy. Thank you, TC!

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