Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 22)
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 3:9-10 (NKJV)
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Proverbs 10:9 (NIV)
Deception is tricky business. On one hand, God hates liars. 'Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord' (Proverbs 12:22). 'Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God' ' (Genesis 3:4-5). 'Jacob said to his father, 'I am Esau your firstborn... bless me' ' (Genesis 27:19).
All who deceive for personal profit or another's harm will be punished: 'He who works deceit shall not dwell within My House; He who tells lies shall not continue in My Presence' (Psalm 101:7). All deceptions will be revealed: 'For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known' (Luke 12:2). All wrongs will be righted: ' 'I will repay,' says the Lord' (Romans 12:19).
On the other hand, a few of God's heroes took liberties with the truth. Abraham said of Sarah, 'She is my sister' (Genesis 20:2)--true, but not the whole truth; David pretended to be mad, 'And acted insanely' (1 Samuel 21:13)--he was not; Paul said, 'I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 19:22)--that's called acting.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Unless God Personally sends you on an undercover mission (He may), speak the whole truth. In those rare cases where God's heroes were deceptive, it was by His purpose--and not for personal profit, nor for another's harm. Even so, the whole truth would be known in due time. When Jacob lied to receive Isaac's blessing, Jacob was severely punished. He spent 20 years in exile and servitude. Upon his return, he asked forgiveness and made amends to his brother.
As God's 21st century leaders, know wrong from right: Satan is 'The father of lies' (John 8:44), 'Who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him' (Revelation 12:9). To this day, he practices deceit.
Therefore, you must practice truth. Make it your habit--no matter the habits of others. Because you serve 'The God of truth' (Isaiah 65:6), and 'The truth will set you free' (John 8:32), and hopefully, everyone it touches.
To be continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.