Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Keep it 100

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6a; “When he lies [the devil], he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44b

Truth flows from the “Truth” (Jesus). Lies flow from the “father” of lies (the devil). So, truth tellers side with the Lord and liars side with Satan. With whom do we align? We are quick to say Jesus, but in everyday life,if not careful,we drift into representing the dark side when tempted to speak untruth and half truths (which is a lie) out of fear, instead of truth out of trust.

Lying is short-term focused. We are afraid we will lose something if we don’t lie. We may lose someone’s respect, but when we are found out to be a liar, it is compounded into humiliation. We may lose money, but when indiscretions are exposed over time, we lose more in compromised creditability. Better to lose a little with honesty than a lot with lies.

The devil is an expert in luring us away from the Lord’s desires by offering a short-term solution,lying, which leads to long-term destructive consequences. Liars are unable to remember their inconsistencies, so when confronted they sheepishly say, “I don’t remember or I can’t recall what I said”. Children who chronically lie seem oblivious;they continue to fib until the pain of not telling the truth causes them to change. Rembember the word of the Lord declares that “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth” (1 John 1:6).

In paradise the first lie was presented by the serpent as he led Eve to believe she could be like God. Some things never change. Everyday we are tempted to promote ourselves as someone better than our true self. But instead, Spirit-led living looks to exalt Christ and others,  not self, so we share the truth about ourselves in light of God's word that He might get the glory out of our lives. To be honest is to take responsibility for our actions and  not to blame or pass it off on someone else.  Like Adam tried to do in when he said “The woman you put here with me she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate”(Genesis 3:12-13).

Are you honest with yourself about constant exposure to a compromising situation? Are you loose with the truth, or do you speak directly and include all the information? Take responsibility for wrong decisions and going forward seek sound advice from loved ones, and friends who will tell you the truth. Be totally honest with them so they can offer the best Christ centered advice. Begin by coming clean with Christ. He already knows, and He is the best when it comes to cleaning up a mess, so you might as well be totally honesty.

Rev. Todd A. Brown, Pastor
First Baptist of Chesterbrook
1740 Kirby Rd.  Mclean Va. 22101
Worship with us Sundays at 9:45am
Vision:" Disciples Making a Kingdom Impact"

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.