Raising a White Flag on our lies.
If we are to live in community with one another as new creations in Christ, then we need to do this in response to the leadership of God’s Holy Spirit. We need to surrender our tendency to lie, because lies communicate a misbelief about God’s love and acceptance for us. Lies tell us that we aren’t good enough, that our experience isn’t enough, and that the truth is not sufficient for us to be accepted.
Let us surrender the lies, and become a place where truth telling is practiced.
Ephesians 4:17–24 (ESV) — 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:25 (ESV) — 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Sorts of lies:
If we all lie, why is it such a big deal?
But how do we stop?
Talk to a To a trusted friend
Tell is those you have lied to
Ask for God’s help.
Ephesians 4:23 (ESV) — 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, that we need a new way of thinking in order to change the way we live. We understand that just like our salvation is God’s work in us, so is his transforming our heart and mind.
Stop believing the lie more than the gospel
See the consequences of our lies.
Practice telling the truth
Proverbs 27:6 (ESV) — 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
6/2014-2/2017 Pastor Gary Priddy