Lies we believe

Monday, July 11, 2022

Lying is not harmless. It may cause you to laugh. It is causing a whole generation to laugh and ignore the guidance of Scriptures. One of the latest trends online is the “reaction videos.” Basically, you tell a lie and record the reaction of a person who has no idea what is happening. 


People are unique and so are their reactions. Some get angry. Children cry because they are wired to trust adults without question. 


A friend once told me his daughter expressed feelings of frustration and betrayal because he lied about something for years. She expected the truth but she was given a lie. 


What happens to a generation of people who are lied to in exchange for Likes and social media shares? What happens to their inner lives? What happens to those relationships over time? Lying is not harmless. 


The enemy wants us to become numb and to accept his standards. He came to steal, kill and destroy. There isn’t another agenda for him. Jesus spoke about the devil in John 8:44: “... 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.”

Believer, think about this for a moment. Are you surprised that the father of lies is trying to influence an entire generation of internet video users to accept lies as truth? Are you surprised at his campaign to normalize lies? 


We shouldn’t be. We should know what God expects of us so we are not ignorant of Satan’s schemes (see 2 Cor. 2:11). 


The entire Bible speaks about the truth. In Exodus, we read: 


“You shall not testify falsely [that is, lie, withhold, or manipulate the truth] against your neighbor (any person). Exodus 20:16 (AMP)


I’m not sure if I can make it more evident than this. We should not lie. I do not care what the justification is. We are to speak the truth. 


Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He speaks about the Holy Spirit in John 16:13:


“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;” John 16:13 


I’m grateful for the guidance and encouragement of the Bible. Ephesians 4 speak about letting go of our former way of living and embracing God’s standards for our lives: 


“Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.” Ephesians 4:25 


I’m glad my body members don’t lie to one another. When my blood pressure was sky high, all my members alerted one another. I went to the doctor immediately for treatment. Living in truth is the best way to live. 


Lying is not harmless. If you feel convicted as a believer, I want to encourage you to live in truth. There is no entertainment value in supporting lies. The devil disguises it as something harmless. The Spirit of Truths tells us otherwise. Let’s head to His word. 


Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive us for approving what you disapprove. We repent for both lying and approving of lies we see all around us. Help us to turn our eyes upon Your word. Help us to do what it says and speak the truth to everyone in Your love. You are the way, the truth and the life. We commit our lives to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.