I Have to Lie.

Necessary is acceptable or respectable. Such sins are lying, gossip, lust, and anger.

Unnecessary is not appropriate. Such sins are rape, murder, and stealing.

Because of our society, there are certain sins that we deem as ok or necessary. However, as a follower Jesus, we must call sin what it is — sin!

IDEA: God Hates Lying

Have you ever told a lie? If your answer was not yes, then you just lied. One of the first things we learn is to lie. As children, we learn to lie almost as a form of survival. When we get in trouble, we quickly blame another sibling. As we age, the sin increases.

Proverbs 12:22 says, “The lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.”

The word detests means something disgusting or to make nauseous. God hates lies because He is truth!

John 8:44 says, “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Who is your character consistent with God or Satan? Do you find yourself lying or speaking the truth?

How Do You Lie?

1. We lie to others.

Jeremiah 9:5 says, “They all fool and defraud each other; no one tells the truth. With practiced tongues they tell lies; they wear themselves out with all their sinning.”

Women lie average three times a day. Men lie an average six times a day. We lie to each other about being late to work because we overslept or caught in traffic. We lie to each other when we really do not want to go somewhere, so we create stories or pretend to be sick.

When was the last time you lied to someone? What was it about?

2. We lie to God.

Ananias and Sapphire sold some property. He brought some of the money to the Apostles and claimed it was the full amount. He lied about the amount. Peter told him that he was not lying to the them, but God. Ultimately when we lie to others, we are lying to God.

Acts 5:3–4 says, “Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

3. We lie to ourselves.

Psalm 119:27–29 says, “Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds. 28 I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word. 29 Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.”

I do not have a problem. I am not hurting anyone. I can quit anytime. I am not the problem.

1 John 2:4 says, “If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.”

You can’t build a life of integrity based on a foundation of lies. — Craig Groeschel

Why do I lie? It makes life easier. I want to protect others feelings. I want to avoid conflict. I want to look better. I want to get ahead. We believe that our lies are better than the truth. We believe that our lies will bring security because we are insecure. We believe that our lies will help people like me because our relationships are based on lies.

I lie because __________________________________.

The further our true self is from God’s truth, the more we lie. We believe the lie, that it is better to lie, than live in the truth.

John 8:31–32 says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I will speak truth because ____________________________________.

Let this be your prayer.

Psalm 139:23–24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

by Tim O’Carroll