Zephaniah 3:13: those who are left in Israel; they shall do no injustice and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”
The mouth is a tricky tool, and James said if we want to measure perfection, or maturity, we should not look too far beyond it (James 3). Our mouths reflect our hearts, if there is deception in there (inward bondage) it will come out in lies in our mouth. And to the limit that we tell the truth we have Christ manifesting in us. It is that serious. Those who lie think they are smart, but they are manifestly in bondage to darkness (the overwhelming need to cover up).
You are not supposed to seek to defraud others, you should be content. When you practice contentment we would find no need to lie. It is because you want to give a better impression of yourself than you really are, that is why you lie. Rather than claim what you are not, in pride, causing God to resist you (1Peter 5:5), allow God to make you into what you should be, as you are truthful about what (who) you are, humbling yourself.
Paul said that we should not lie one to another because we are members of the same body (Colossians 3:1-10, Ephesians 4:25). That means if we lie to one another that means we are lying to ourselves (since we are one in Christ) and that is the beginning confusion. Lying is a manifestation of darkness. Jesus called the devil the father of lies (John 8:44). He lied to Eve and that is why we are where we are today in the pain on earth (Genesis 3). Lies destroy on the long wrong, regardless of what seems to be temporarily gained.
Isaiah lamented about his tongue when he was confronted with the holiness of God (Isaiah 6:1-7). The holiness that is not manifest in the words of our mouth is not it. That was why David made a special request for God saying: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my mouth be acceptable to you (Psalm 19:14).
Our mouth should not be a conduit for darkness because lying is darkness. Jesus says that it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles the man, and he mentioned deceit (false witness) as one sure defiler. If you lie you have defiled yourself, and to that limit you push yourself away from God, because of that self-defilement, contrary to the holiness of God. And Peter said that we should be holy as our heavenly father is holy (1Peter 1:15-16).
And the devil rules by the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13), but Jesus sets free, makes free by the power of his truth. Jesus said that if we continue in his word we would experience truth and that is the path to freedom (John 8:31-32).
Lying is a gateway to bondage. To sow deception means you set yourself up to reap fruits of it. You seek to manipulate but it is you set up yourself to fall into a greater one. The liar therefore is the greater loser though he does not know it. He sows deception and he gets trapped in a greater one.
Jesus manifested truth. Even when tricky questions were asked of him, he leaned on the wisdom of God to either ignore those question or give an answer that revealed the insufficient understand, the impure motive of his questioner. Lying is a no-go area. It is not found in God. Samuel said that the strength of Israel, God, does not lie (1Samuel 15:29). If the foundation of telling the truth is laid in your life, then you can fully walk in the light, and be a bearer of light everywhere. The truth is light. Anything else is darkness. Jesus said that our yes should be yes and no, no, anything else is not acceptable because such promptings come from the evil come, the devil (Matthew 5:37).
You still have a long way to go when it comes to purification, if you do not have a no-lying policy for your mouth.
I do not know you until I hear the words of your mouth, your mouth being the window to your soul. Jesus said: “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45),” so if there is no lie within it will not come out through your mouth.
Rather than complain that you seems to lie a lot, you should get inner healing so that you will no longer feel compelled to lie, that you will not fear man (but God, seeking to please him by speaking the truth in your heart [Psalm 15]) as you presently do (Matthew 10:26-28). Stop doing things that you will want to hide or later deny. That is what it means to walk in the light (truth).
If the truth of Christ is in you, then lies should not be there. James said that it is not right for cursing and blessing to come out of the same mouth, it is like clean water and dirty water coming from the same pipe. It does not happen. It is either pure or impure, there is no middle ground. You cannot be hot and cold at the same time, fire and water cannot cohabit.
We should therefore not be satisfied with partial purity when it comes to speaking the truth, we must be fully representative of the will of God, the good, acceptable, perfect will. That should be the focus as we renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2), renewed in the truth of God away from the lies of our former nature.
When truth is entrenched in your mind, the knowledge of God can find root in it. The lies in our minds are like stones that will not allow the word to take root in our heart and bear fruits in our lives (Mark 4:1-23). The more we allow lying to dwell in our hearts, the less capacity for the truth of God we have. It doesn’t matter what you think is your level of expression of God, you are missing out on some things if you still permit lies to dwell in your heart, and come from your mouth.
- Defiled (kswptim.wordpress.com)
- The Example of Nehemiah (part 1) (flaniganjames.wordpress.com)
- Walk in God’s best (examiner.com)
- SERMON: Getting Rid of Guilt…. (Sin blocks fellowship with God) 1 John 1:8-9 (prienblog.wordpress.com)