Lies: Why People Lie, Consequences And How To Overcome

Lies: Why People Lie, Consequences And How To Overcome by Alisa Videos.




Introduction:
This is something that will be of value to everyone, both believers and those just starting the journey with Christ. Telling lies is something that is not of God and is wildly common among us, even in the church today.
The word "lies" can simply mean fabricating a statement or saying something that is not the truth. No matter the reason for doing it, it is not a virtue of and from God. For it is written in the Scripture (Numbers 23:19a), "God is not a man, that He should lie".
The repercussions for telling lies are most times devastating and can sometimes lead to loss of life. As such, telling a lie is regarded as a great sin, not as some of us look at it.

Anchor Text: I Samuel 15:13-21, Revelation 21:22-27, I John 5:1-6

Memory Verse: Proverbs 21:6
"The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death".

God is the God of truth. He is so holy that there is no single iota of lie in Him. It is recorded in the scripture (Hebrews 6:18) that it is impossible for God to lie. If we are truly born of the Spirit and His seed is in us, why then do we still engage in lies? There are several reasons why many believers still lie. It could be a deliberate act or ploy to deceive others through one's cleverness. Ananaias and Saphirra had engaged in lies in the past without being caught. Over the period, they had branded themselves "smart" and eventually brought the same attitude to God's house. They never lived to tell the rest of the story (Acts 5:1-11). If any of us have gotten to a point where we lie and feel no remorse, that is simply a bad sign of backsliding, we need to retrace those steps and walk in the right part.
Another reason for telling lies is "fear". Fear comes in different shades. A common type is fear of being punished. Some of us who are students or were once students can tell how scary it can be when a wrong deed is done and will attract punishment if found among the guilty. Most students in this position will quickly tell a lie.
Adults too steal in their offices and when they are caught, they deny what they have done because of fear of getting sacked or fired. This is done to cover up sins just like David.
Similarly, people lie for fear of losing something precious. Abraham lied that Sarah was his sister because he did not want to lose his life. Many business people tell lies and cover up the truth, just to avoid losing profit to government taxes and all.
Just as our Memory Verse says, acquiring wealth, treasures, certificates, visas to other countries through lies is vanity. No man can be established by fraudulent means, anything built based on lies will crumble. It will not last. Anyone using lies as a means to an end is courting death. We all need to desist from this!

For it is written in the Bible (Job 4:8), "Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same".
This world is like a very large farm and everyone is a farmer. Everything we think of, do or say are seeds for the farm. The seeds may be good or bad. Once we do something, it means we have sown a seed. Automatically, the law of harvest begins to operate. That seed dies in the ground and begins to bud and grow up as a plant. This plant over time becomes a tree which is firmly rooted to the ground. At a point it begins to bear several fruits, in twos, hundreds or thousands of what was sown. The farmer who planted the seed begins to harvest the fruit of his labour. If it was a good seed, he will reap lots of joy and celebration. But if it was a bad seed, he will reap lots of sorrow and anguish.
The consequence of lies follows the law of harvest. If we tell a lie to rob or cheat a boss, someday we will become a victim of great loss caused by the false seed sowed.
Another result of lies is that there is punishment awaiting every liar (Proverbs 19:5).
Whatever is built on a falsehood is built on sand and will crumble quickly. As written in the Scripture (Proverbs 12:22), God hates liars with a passion. Also in (Psalms 101:7), God does not want to see any liar at all. John 8:44 also states that every liar is fathered by Satan. Each lie that is told, leaves a space for such a person in hell. After all these said, if you used to think that lies are little, harmless and of little or no importance to God, Ananias and Sapphira will tell us how it ended for them because of lies.


The Scripture (Colossians 3:9), "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds".
Every child of God has the seed of God in him or her. From the seed comes a tree which eventually bears the fruit of the Holy Spirit (I John 3:9; Galatians 5:22-23). According to our reading, the moment we become again, we have overcome the world and we have the power to overcome sin like Jesus did. This simply implies that we can live a life without lying.
There are ways by which telling lies can be overcome;
First, fear God above every man. Men are limited. There is a limit to what they can do but with God, it is unlimited (Psalms 27:1, Hebrews 13:6). Remember that it was the fear of God that made Joseph to turn down an offer that most people will wish for according to the Bible (Genesis 39:7-12). The fear of God in us automatically fuels the love we have for God. The more we love God, the less appealing sin becomes to us.
Another way to overcome lies is by diligently studying and memorizing God's word. The more we study God's word, the more easy it becomes for us to stop sin. The farther away from the Bible that we are, the more vulnerable we are to sin (Psalms 119:11). As much as possible, we must avoid everyone, everything or places that makes us to lie. Recall that if Abraham did not go down to Egypt he would not have been tempted to tell lies by calling his wife, his sister (Genesis 12:10-20). Avoid Egypt today!
Just as every lie evokes judgement so does truth evoke blessing. Each time we refuse to lie, our act of faith is recorded for righteousness and Jesus will be proud of us. We also need to bridle our tongue and be mindful of things that we utter. We should think before speaking.

Prayer Point:
1. Father, help me to bridle my tongue.
2. Lord, forgive me of all my sins of telling lies.
3. Lord, enable me to continue to grow in your word.
4. Father, heal the world of the ravaging pandemic (COVID-19).

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