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The Original Lie

I asked our entire congregation to memorize Psalm 84:11 this past weekend. “No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly before Him.”

That is the heart of God. That is the will of God. God wants to bless you more than you want to be blessed. And while many of us believe that in our mind. I’m not sure we believe it in our gut. And you’ve got to get it into your gut.

We talk a lot about original sin, but have you ever stopped to consider the original lie? Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But how did the serpent tempt them? He suggested that God may be holding out on them. Maybe He didn’t want them to eat that fruit because then they’d be like him. In other words, the serpent tries to get us to doubt the omni-goodness of God. He plants a seed of doubt. Maybe God is withholding something. And when we doubt God’s desire to bless us we believe a lie, the original lie.

Obviously there is a condition. We’ve got to walk uprightly. But if we do, then we need to rebuke the doubt and believe God for a blessing. No good thing will God withhold. No withholdings!

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Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., a multi-site church and a leading fellowship in the nation’s capital. Meeting in movie theaters and Metro stops throughout the D.C. area, NCC is attended by more than 70 percent single twenty-somethings. Mark’s weekly podcast is one of the fastest growing in America. His book, In A Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars peaked at #44 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list. He has just released his newest book entitled, Wild Goose Chase: Reclaiming the Adventure of Pursuing God. He and his wife Lora live on Capitol Hill. They have three children.