Lying & Romans 12

Lying & Romans 12


The picture above tells a story. It's on a beach where glass bottles of all sorts have washed up. After a while the broken glass gets smooth down by the water and the friction of the things around it. You can think of many parables, The non-believers are like broken glass, then if they get born again, the living water of God starts washing over them and they eventually look smoother and more beautiful.

If we cause enough friction upon those who we know are liars, they will change and start to look beautiful to us instead of like a broken piece of glass.

Then there are those whose words cut you like a piece of broken glass but if they're exposed to society they usually get enough friction in the form of rejection that causes them to smooth out their rough sides.

Hear what it says in Colossians 3:5-10 but especially vs. 9&10 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Romans 12:9 Says to abhor that which is evil!

1st Thessalonians 5:22 tells us to abstain from all appearance of evil!

Proverbs tells us in Proverbs 4:27 to remove thy foot from evil!

Read Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13, They talk about serving two masters. Are we serving our self-will, or are we serving God? How does our conscience guide us in this area of our lives?

Before I go into the conscience, I want to talk about how our acceptance of the world’s standards, have slowly infiltrated our lives.

Our consciences have been re-programmed to accept sexual content that are abhorred by God, I.E. the movies and sitcoms that emulate live-in situations and out of wedlock sex.

Although they may be fun to watch and romantically stimulating, in God's eyes that is the appearance of evil.

We should remember that we are now programmed to even lie when our conscience tells us we are just being courteous or using etiquette.

How is this so? Here are examples.

Conversations go like this...

Your life is in total chaos, you are miserable and you need prayer, you get the picture!

Someone who is a friend, but not a Christian friend, asks you how are you doing today? You say, I'm doing fine!

........................Are you?

Some one asks you how a situation is they know about, but you don’t want to talk about it right then, you say fine or its OK!

..............Are you telling the truth?

Then there’s that person that for some reason we have not learned how to love and we may even dislike or despise, but they don't know it. We run into them after some time of not seeing them, and our first comment is, hey, it's nice to see you again!

..........................Is it?

Or hey we'll have to get together sometime!

When you know it won't happen.

These are just examples of our seared conscience. They are a problem because we think we are just telling little fibs, but there is no little fib, we are either in the truth, or we are in a lie.

There certainly are better and totally honest responses in these situations!

Can you think of any?

Lying, being evil and those that perpetrate it, are equal to murderers and adulterers, where does that put us?

Read 1st Timothy 1:9,10 - 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

You see our consciences have been affected by the general lowering of moral standards in the public sector and we have begun to think that certain things are maybe not as bad as we thought they were!

Can you think of things that would appear to be evil that we now seem to tolerate and even usher into our lives under the guise of entertainment?

How about action movies with multiple blood shed scenes? Incorporated into that are themes like extortion, conspiracies, drug related scenarios, the lists go on!

Is this entertainment?

Now, is stealing evil?

Is the event of taking a pencil home from the office, stealing? (which I think were all probably guilty of at one point in our lives or another) As an electrician working for a company, I felt guilty if I accidentally carried a wire nut home in my pocket.

How often do office supplies end up in our personal possession?

If we work for a restaurant, are we allowed to fill up our cups with soft drinks for free?

Have we used the company car for personal business?

Have we used company time to surf the internet, check our personal e-mail, etc. etc. etc.

This is all considered stealing. But, our consciences have been dulled in these areas to be ignorant of the offense.

God sees all!


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My hope for you is that you have had a prayer of salvation,
and if you haven't and you want to ask Christ into your heart and life,
then I offer these words for you to repeat,
but only if your heart is sincere,
because God knows it if you're not.

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Dear God, I now know I have needed you and have
rejected your calling, so today, right now, 
I ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and my life, 
and forgive me from all past sin and Lord cleanse me 
from my unrighteousness. I believe that Jesus was 
crucified for my sin, died, and was buried and rose from
the dead according to the scriptures. I want you forever more
to be my guide and I want to follow you as a believer. 
I ask for your strength to change my heart and 
my earthly ways so that I can become a better 
child in your kingdom. Show me how to depend 
on you in all things. And show me how to do 
your will in my life. I thank you and pray this 
prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!


April 18th, 2009  10:34pm

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