13. A PABLUM LESSON ON LYING...
Lying has many forms, and yet, its essence is 'deception'.
Lying is the telling of an untruth, with the intent to deceive.
Cain lied when asked about Abel's whereabouts. Cain said 'I know not'. He did not want to hurt his parents, he did not want to be judged by God... lots of reasons he could have justified lying.
Joseph's brothers lied when they said they found Joseph's coat, and did not know where he was. They knew the truth would have devastated, perhaps brought the death of their father... lots of reasons, they thought, to lie.
Many advertisements are lies. The sales pitch of many a salesman is a lie. The politicians have lied and lied.
Many do not hang their heads, when after election they do not do what they promised to do, and they do what they promised not to do. Many lie to get elected.
Mankind destroys his character by lies. The devil, being the ‘father of lies’ is behind many lies we see in this world. He does not have to inspire all lies, for mankind has a bent toward evil, and easily decides to lie, following the example of the ‘father of lies’.
Lying put Jesus on the cross. The devil was behind those lies, but the pharisees, and religious leaders did not want the kind of Messiah that Jesus is, and they wanted Him to be of no effect to their community.
John 8:44-45 (KJV)
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. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Lying is serious. We need to watch our lips so that what comes from them, is truth. Lies have caused many an innocent person to be convicted of crimes. They have caused many a saint to suffer persecution, even martyrdom.
Lying though does more harm to the liar, than the lie does to the one lied about. We have all likely been victim of the lies of another, and it can hurt deeply to hear what another has said of us.
The Holy Spirit is called the 'Spirit of Truth', and He is cleansing lies from the church. This cleansing process found going on in the church today, is not just a dusting off of our sword. it is a restoration of real truth into the mouths of the saints.
As with Ananias and Sapphira in the former rain revival, great judgment will come on liars in the church. So, lies need to be repented, not hidden.
Lies need to be expunged from our words. Truth needs spoken.
The lies need ‘revealed’ to be the untruths that they are.
Someday, all lies, un-repented, will be revealed.
Isaiah 6:5-8 (KJV)
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Lying, in whatever form, needs to be ‘purged’. We need ‘iniquity... taken away.’ Too often the lies go un-repented to God. The ‘tongs’ of the Lord need to purge our lips, and lies need to never again flow from those lips.
The coal on Isaiah’s lips cleansed the iniquity of his lies from His soul. This represented the cleansing we all need from lies we have spoken. We now see that the type of that ‘coal’ is fulfilled in the ‘blood of Jesus’ that was shed for us.
We need to get our lies washed by the blood, cleansed from our person, and then ‘obey the truth’. That is the simple healing process that the Lord has given us.
Following that kind of cleansing, we find the Spirit of truth will be with us, making us more and more sensitive to lies. We will feel His conviction if we speak, or think to speak the lie. We will hear a word of knowledge, sense the ‘discernment’ of lying in others, by the Spirit.
The purification of our tongues is to have the precious blood of Jesus to cleanse us. That purification, like the coal on Isaiah’s lips, can cleanse us from lying lips, untruthful oaths.
The Lord will do a cleansing... the church will decide like Ananias and Sapphira decided, to either clean up the lying lips or not... They chose not to... the Lord is watching now our choices.
The devil has taught a poison lesson that lying is normal, acceptable, condone-able. Too many Christians have been eating that meal, instead of this simple pablum lesson on lying as described in the Bible.