Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, August 8, 2016

Lying Liars Telling Lies

Liars are everywhere, in every facet of our daily lives. It does not matter the arena---politics, education, business, financial, religion, and yes, family---liars are there. Some are more practiced and polished than others, some liars are so popular that it doesn't matter what they say, it will be gladly accepted and defended. Their entire public persona is a lie from the ground up, they lie to their "friends" and associates and even their family. It matters not if they tell a 'whooper' or just a 'little white' one, it's still a lie. Perhaps the biggest lie of all for these people is to foster and build upon the lie that they are 'always' truthful, it's the other guy who is telling the lies (sound familiar?).

Lying is as much a part of our fallen nature as is breathing or eating. Everyone, without exception, has told lies. Adam told a partial 'truth' in his answer to God. He blamed Eve for his own rebellion (a lie) as if he were deceived by the serpent just like his wife (1 Tim. 2:14). Instead of being honest with God and telling Him the truth that he took and ate the forbidden fruit out of hatred for God's Word and Command (and therefore God Himself), Adam chose the lie. Every lie is based in excusing ourselves from guilt and making ourselves out to be something greater than what we are. The natural man is stuck with this trait and will continue to lie even when his conscience may prick his heart. Too many, it seems, have had their conscience seared with a hot iron and could care less about the effects and consequences of their lies to the point that they will become angry if challenged and expect everyone to believe whatever they say just because they said it. No where is this more evident than in politicians and preachers.

The first three chapters of Ephesians gives the believer the overview of  who God is and what He has done for His elect---a truly eternal study! Beginning in chapter four we find detailed day to day instructions. Paul contrasts the old life we had with the new life in Christ (V. 17) and says in v.20: "But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and been taught by Him, as the truth is in Christ: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man that grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away lying, 'Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor,' for we are all members of one another." Of all the despicable traits our 'old man' had, Paul (via the Holy Spirit) chooses the sin of lying to be the first one mentioned that we are no longer to do. Just as Adam first lied to God to try to absolve his guilt, so lying is the first to go for the new man. Does the thought of telling a lie bother you? Is it repugnant to you? It should be. To glibly pass over a lie, as if God did not hear or will not require it of you, is a dangerous sign that regeneration has not yet taken place in a heart so disposed. The world has convinced itself not only that God does not exist, but there will be no consequences for any of their thoughts, words or actions. But we have not so learned Christ. On the contrary, we have learned the final disposition of all liars will be the Lake of Fire (Rev. 21:8). Also, that no such person who loves and practices a lie will ever the Heavenly Jerusalem (Rev. 22:15).

May the Lord search our hearts and reveal to us the inner most thoughts.

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