One of God’s original main commandments, through Moses to the children of Israel was to not bear false witness against your neighbor. Bearing false witness is lying. God’s Word describes Satan as “the father of lies.” For example, Jesus told the Pharisees and sadducees, those trappers and twisters, that they belonged to their father, the devil, or satan.
On the right side, Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. We come to his Father, our Heavenly Father, through him. His testimony, or witness is true. There is no lie found in him.
How does a Christian keep from slipping into the old nature of lying? James 3:6 says, “And the tongue is like a fire. It is a world of wrong, occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being. It sets on fire the entire course of our existence with the fire that comes to it from hell itself.” The Lord himself HELPS us against the fire: 2 Corinthians 10:5 ” we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.”
There are two things we can do. The first is to pull down obstacles that are in the way of knowing God. These obstacles are sins. We take them to the Lord, confess our iniquity, and receive his forgiveness. Then the sin is wiped out. We must also ask for God’s powerful help to not sin. For the sin of lying, the second thing we do is develop the discipline of taking every thought captive to Christ. When thoughts are filtered through the mind of Christ, they can’t turn into words that start fires and cause great harm and trouble. God’s Word is truth, so filling one’s mind with it is a way to begin this discipline. The book of Proverbs, Psalm 119, and the Gospels are good food for right thoughts. I Corinthians 2:16 says that Christians actually have the mind of Christ. How close is he to help, then?
Someone who is reading this blog has a terrible problem with lying. Your bondage to your own deceitfulness is in control. Your whole life is a nightmare of past, present, and potential trouble caused by this sin and bondage. In fact, it has ruined your life and cause great harm in all your relationships, hurting other people.
No – don’t leave. God wants to help you. It is not an accident you are reading this. Many other admonishments and reminders of what the Lord wants for you are in your path today. So is his love and forgiveness and change, if you will turn to him and receive it.
So do not be deceived about this terrible sin. The longer you avoid truth, the harder your heart toward God will become. Is that what you want? It isn’t by your own works you are going to change the way you are. It is by God’s grace and mercy. He has already provided your way out. Then he has it all planned out how to stabilize your thinking and get you on the path of truth and honesty. Really.
1. Believe that God wants you to think and speak truth. Tell him all about your failure and sin and ask his forgiveness.
2. Accept that God forgives you. You will find that people forgive you, too. You might have to ask them specifically, which isn’t hard, because you will be doing it for Jesus and he will help you. Sometimes, because EVERYONE has lied, you will find that people simply accept the new you and go on from there. The golden rule policy of doing unto others as your would have them do for you kicks in.
3. Wash your mind frequently with God’s Word. Memorize scripture. Psalm 119 says to hide God’s Word in your heart so that you might no sin against him. Lying is a sin against God more than anyone else. You want to stop thinking and speaking wrong things, and think and speak truth. If you are thinking and speaking the Bible, you are safe!
4. Pray before you speak. This takes practice, but it also obeys another Bible imperative, “pray without ceasing.” If you are working together with the Holy Spirit in you and praying about everything, you will develop such a working relationship with the Lord that everything you say and do can be for God’s glory. The power of God will be upon you and in you and coming through you to help so many people! Yield up any thought you learn is false immediately. Ask God to replace it with his thought.
5. Enjoy your new freedom.
James 1:21 So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.
Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,
Ephesians 4:25 No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 13:6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.
John 8:32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.