A HALF TRUTH IS A LIE. Here’s an example: What if I told you my son started college at 15? That would lead you to believe that he graduated high school at a very young age. The truth is my son was 15 and a sophomore in High School, doing a program that WA state offers. He took college courses over his last 2 years and graduated HS with an Associate’s Degree. He then went through this program called “Running Start” and finished his BA at the same college. But how I present it matters.

Are you leading people to believe a lie? Sometimes we do this by omitting certain details, usually to make ourselves feel or look better. We lie to build ourselves up in other people’s eyes. We say things like, “My first husband died”, intending people to believe you are a widow; but it was 10 years after you divorced him.

People lead others to believe “I was there” or “I did that” as a participant when they were only a spectator. I heard it once said that when we lie we proclaim kinship to Satan. Since he is the father of lies, when we lie that shows we are his children. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John‬ ‭8:44‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

OUCH! I know that hurts. Jesus gives a list of some that will NOT be in His kingdom:Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and the sexually immoral, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their place in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone”.

Israel received destruction from the Lord for their lies and thievery:“Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying scroll. And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I answered, “I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole earth: ‘Every thief shall be expelled,’ according to this side of the scroll; and, ‘Every perjurer shall be expelled,’ according to that side of it.” “I will send out the curse,” says the Lord of hosts; “It shall enter the house of the thief And the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It shall remain in the midst of his house And consume it, with its timber and stones.””‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭5:1-4‬ ‭NKJV

‬‬An OT principle is retold to the church:“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

DO NOT LIE to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:5-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Listen friend, there’s no such thing as a “white lie”. You are deceiving yourself as well as others. What is your intent? Is it to lead people to believe something false? Do you want others to think certain things about you and so you mar the truth? This is a lie. No, you do not have to tell everybody everything, but you know when you are lying.

If you do not know you are lying, or believe your own lies; then you are in a far worse spot. If you can lie shamefaced, woe to you. Destruction awaits. Exaggeration is also a lie. The whole point of exaggerating is to lead people to believe something false.

God takes lying seriously and you better start taking it serious as well. Do a heart examination. Here’s a tip: stop caring so much about what others think. If the Lord is pleased, then be content. Our lives are to be lived for an audience of One. In your pride, you build yourself up by lies; only to your own destruction. How you present something matters. It is far better to stay in the lower seat of humility. #runyourrace

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