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 Issue #104 Mon, 13 Nov 2006

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PostSubject: Issue #104 Mon, 13 Nov 2006   March 12th 2007, 00:45

Lie Not One to Another

Dear Youth,

Last week we looked at the first of six things that Solomon describes in Proverbs as being abominations to God. (See Devotional #103 "Clothed With Humility") This week we are going to look at the second offence, "A lying tongue. . .A false witness that speaketh lies." (Proverbs 6:17, 19)

We are told: "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His delight." (Proverbs 12:22) David says: "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." (Psalm 37:4) If we want God to give us the desires of our innermost heart, we need to be honest, faithful, surrendered, and committed to Him.

You may think what big deal is lying really? I mean, just a little lie over something that no one need not have known anyway; why is that such a bad thing? On the surface, lying may not look like such a great sin, but when we think about this more seriously, the words we say make a telling confession of who reigns in our life. We are told: "For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile [deceit] found in His mouth." (2 Peter 2:21-22) When talking to the Pharisees, Jesus once said: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44)

Jesus is upheld as found having no guile, deceit, or any such thing in His mouth; this is held in stark contrast with Satan who is a liar and the founder of all lies and deceit. If we are truly abiding in Christ there will be no deceit or pretence in the things we say. On the other hand, however, if we lie to or delude someone else we are plainly showing who is, at that point in time, on the throne of our hearts.

Lying in any of its forms is just plain deception! It is through deception in the last days that many souls will be lost. "Deceive not with thy lips." (Proverbs 24:28 ) When describing the glory and majesty of the Holy City, John writes: "There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:27) "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they might have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie." (Revelation 22:14-15, verse 15 NKJV)

We could look down right through the ages as to how deceit and lies completely changed the history of this world! Right back at the foundation of earth, Satan used deceit and lies to trick Eve, thus changing the whole nature and future of mankind! Cain lied when God asked him where his brother was. Joseph's ten older brothers used deceit and trickery to aid in their evil deed toward their brother, there changing the fate and history of the Israelite nation. We could look at many more examples in the Bible and in the secular world history where Satan has inspired men and women to change history through one lie or fraudulent act.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn't just come to earth as a grown man and die right away, since that was the whole point of His coming to earth, right? Well, of course, Jesus WAS the promised Saviour, but He was also set before us as an example. The reason He came as a baby was so that He could pass through EVERY one of our experiences through every stage in life and leave before us an example that we might follow in His footsteps. Jesus lived a perfect life; not once did he mislead another individual in what He said or the way He acted. The way we can also be free from the fate of those who love and practice a lie is to simply "follow in His steps".

Will you accept God's counsel for your life, and choose to follow in the fadeless footprints of Jesus Christ?

--Stephanie Fox

PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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