1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Thank you very much for tuning in to this broadcast.
3. We are getting toward the end of this series of messages on the Ten Commandments;
4. and I want to begin by saying that the sin of lying has been trivialized these days.
5. People lie and call each other names and they think it’s okay.
6. Others lie to the government and think it’s okay.
7. Most people would say, “I wasn’t really lying.”
8. We call it “exaggeration,”
9. or we call it other things.
10. Today, I want to tell you that healing can come when we confess our propensity for lying.
11. Healing can come when we realize that, without the power of God, we all try to justify lying.
12. Why do we lie?
13. It has been said that children lie out of fear and adults lie in order to impress people.
14. Many times, we lie as a result of gossip.
15. You see, gossip contains a fair amount of misinformation, which is presented as fact;
16. and we listen to such gossip and decide to pass it along to other people,
17. and the next person believes it;
18. and it appears as factual, when, in reality, it is [a] half-truth.
19. That is lying.
20. My listening friends, I want to tell you something that is very, very important.
21. Believers must understand why they are called the “people of the truth.”
22. Imagine if I habitually lie to my neighbor;
23. and, then, I start sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him.
24. Will he believe me?
25. When I tell him that Jesus Christ offers forgiveness and eternal life, will he believe me?
27. Why not?
28. Because I already have damaged the trust.
29. Listen to what the Bible said about lying.
30. It is in John, Chapter 1, verse 14,
31. that Jesus Christ came from God the Father, who is full of grace and truth;
32. and Jesus Christ, Himself, in John 14:6, says,
33. “I am… the Truth.”
34. That’s who He is;
35. and, if God is true to us, then we must be not only true to Him, but we must be true to one another.
36. If you are just joining us, we are nearing the end of the study of the Ten Commandments.
37. Listen to what the Ninth Commandment said:
38. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
39. The very core and heart of the Ninth Commandment is to condemn the intention of deceiving.
40. The insidious thing about the sin of lying is that it deceives.
41. It misleads,
42. and it creates an environment of distrust;
43. and that is the very core and heart of the ninth commandment -
44. intentionally deceiving people.
45. Now, I’ve heard other people’s definition of lying.
46. They say, “As long as you are not hurting anybody, it’s okay to lie…”
47. but that’s not biblical.
48. The very core of the Ninth Commandment is this:
49. am I intentionally deceiving somebody else,
50. whether anybody knows it or not?
51. Other people, through the years, have asked me the question,
52. “What about those people in the Bible who have lied?
53. What about the Hebrew midwives who lied to pharaoh in order to save their baby?
54. What about Rahab, who lied to the Canaanites in order to save Joshua’s spies?
55. What about Gideon?
56. What about Jacob?”
57. We have these examples in the Bible;
58. yet, the Ninth Commandment is very clear.
59. It condemns lying no matter what the cause may be.
60. Just because someone in the Bible sinned, that does not mean that we should sin also;
61. and, in reality, these people should have trusted God to take care of things, instead of trying to do it themselves.
62. As we go through the Scripture,
63. we see that people should trust in the Lord and know that He will do the right thing;
64. that they don’t have to help God out;
65. but the problem is that some people look at these examples in the Bible and say, “Here it is. Someone in the Bible lied;
66. and, therefore, I can use falsehood to save my skin, too.”
67. That will not work with God.
68. In fact, the Bible is an honest Book.
69. The Bible is a truthful Book.
70. It tells us about these people who have lied in history;
71. not to justify their lying,
72. but in order to show us the grace of God.
73. The Bible tells us that the very first lie that was ever uttered on the face of the earth
74. was in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent lied to Eve;
75. and, from that time on, those who are on the side of the devil lie habitually.
76. The Bible tells us that Satan is the father of lies;
77. and anyone who habitually lies identifies with Satan.
78. I want to tell you something that will help you overcome the sin of lying.
79. It will help you overcome the propensity to exaggeration.
80. Because Satan is the father of lies
81. and the Lord Jesus Christ is the Father of the truth,
82. when you lie, you must ask yourself the question,
83. “Am I identifying myself with Jesus Christ, who is the full Truth,
84. or, am I identifying with the enemy of my soul, who is the father of lies?”
85. Ask yourself the question,
86. “Am I more concerned about pleasing the Lord of Life,
87. or, am I willing to lie in order to please people and gain their approval?”
88. Ask yourself the question,
89. “Am I more concerned for the Lord to get the glory,
90. or, am I willing to let Satan have the upper hand in my life
91. and come into my life and set a stronghold in my life?”
92. Ask yourself the question,
93. “Do I care about grieving the Holy Spirit in my life,
94. or, am I more committed to making [a] good impression on people?”
95. Ask yourself the question,
96. “Am I more concerned with the reputation of the One who died for me on the cross of Calvary,
97. or, am I more concerned about my own reputation?”
98. These questions will help you every time.
99. Thinking like this will give you victory like you have never experienced before.
100. Honesty in all of our relationships is like sunshine to the plant.
101. Relationships thrive in honesty;
102. but they wither when there is no sunshine of honesty.
103. Sometimes, it’s difficult to speak the complete truth.
104. Other times, the complete truth is also hard to receive.
105. Sometimes, even when truth is spoken in love, it still hurts.
106. The truth is like the surgery.
107. When the body is cured of what needed to be confronted,
108. when the body is healed from what needed to be gotten rid of,
109. it makes it all worthwhile.
110. Why is speaking the truth so important?
111. Look at Proverbs, Chapter 12, verse 22.
112. “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.”
113. My listening friend, listen very carefully as I conclude.
114. I doubt that there is anybody who has been the recipient of lying who liked it.
115. When someone lies about your reputation,
116. when somebody lies about your character,
117. when somebody says untrue things about you,
118. these things can cause you a great deal of pain.
119. The pain, the grief, and the frustration that come as a result of lying are like arrows to the heart.
120. When you are the recipient of others lying,
121. you will have the greater commitment in your life for speaking the truth;
122. but I must tell you what the Scripture says about speaking the truth in love.
123. The Bible says that it is an impossibility.
124. It is an impossibility for anyone without Jesus Christ.
125. It is an impossibility for anyone who does not allow the Holy Spirit to empower him daily.
126. You cannot do it on your own;
127. and that’s why every one of the Ten Commandments is an impossibility without the grace of Jesus Christ;
128. therefore, those who love the Lord,
129. those who love one another must always speak the truth in love;
130. and only as you and I are daily filled with the Holy Spirit,
131. as we come in total surrender and emptying of ourselves,
132. in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit,
133. only then can we do what is humanly impossible.
134. We can speak the truth in love.
135. If there is somebody listening today who is living in deception,
136. today you can say to the Lord, “Give me the courage to confess my sin
137. and cease from living in deception.
138. Cover me with Your mercy from now on so I can always tell the truth.”
139. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.