April Letter 7: Lies and Flies
Greetings in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the mandate to embrace, embody and exemplify the Vision, the Virtues and the Values seen in the life of Jesus and the Apostles.
We live in a world where things are not as they are presented. We live in a world where men call evil good and good evil. It is important that we do not allow the world suck us into its mold. We are called to be separate from this world, sanctified, holy, blameless and without fault. See Philippians 2:12-15; 1 Peter 4:12-16; Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 3:8-11.
This world is a fallen world under the influence of the chief deceiver himself, satan the devil. He is the father and the originator of all lies and deception. See John 8:44; Ephesians 2:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Revelation 12:9; 20:3; 20:7-10; Romans 12:2 AMPC; 1 John 5:19
Every lie has its origin in satan. That is why Peter said, “Ananias, why has satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit.” Every time someone is lying they have yielded to the influence of satan. Nobody wants to be a voice for satan. That should change your perspective on lying. That means there’s more to lying than most people know. See 1 Kings 22:16-23; John 8:44; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 4:25
A lie is not just the opposite of a truth. A lie is also the distortion or the perversion of truth. Whenever you twist the truth in any shape or form that is a lie. Exaggeration is a respectful word for lying. God wants us to tell the truth. This is because when we lie, we are yielding to the enemy. See Isaiah 63:8; Job 27:4; Psalm 5:6; 34:11-14; Proverbs 12:17; Acts 13:10; Romans 1:28-32.
Lying has many consequences that many are unaware of. When you lie to anyone, you lose trust. Trust is the highest social currency in life. It is the most important factor in all human relationships. When trust is lost, it takes God to help to restore trust. This is because when you lose trust, you lose respect, people lose faith in you, you are denied access and you are placed under greater scrutiny.
Never trade trust for anything. Restoration of trust takes time because restoration is a process. Guard trust like a warrior guarding a treasure. Tell the truth even when it is painful. It will earn you greater trust and respect with others than an outright lie or a perverted truth. Selah. See 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 3:8-13; Titus 2:7-8.
Lying also aligns you with satan since he is the father of lies. When you lie you open yourself to demon influence whether you know it not. It can lead to what the Bible calls a broken spirit. When your spirit is broken you become susceptible to sickness and disease, spiritual and physical weakness and even suicidal thoughts. But speaking the truth strengthens you from within. See Job 17:1; Proverbs 15:4 NASB; 15:4 NIV; Proverbs 12:18-20; 12:22; 6:16-19; 17:22; 14:30 AMPC
In a world where lying and exaggeration is a norm, God is calling us to stand out to tell the truth. When we speak the truth always, we cultivate greater or deeper intimacy with God the Father and our spirit becomes stronger. Truth builds intimacy with the Holy Spirit. See Ephesians 4:29-32. Lies grieve Him.
The consequences of lying outweighs the benefits. The benefits of a lie are temporal in nature, but the consequences have weightier implications both spiritually and physically. The next time you are under pressure to lie, tell the truth and keep the devil away from you and your household. Selah
In His Majesty’s Service,
P. S.The devil is called “The lord of the flies” and he is also called “The father of lies.”
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