Sermon 59 - IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE MIND OF GOD ABOUT LIES

by Douglas Amobi


liar There is so much going on in the world today that it often clouds peoples' judgments. One of the crucial areas is in the area of telling the truth. When you fail to tell the truth then you are telling a lie. You may ask what is a lie? To make the definition easy for us all we shall simplify it by saying that it is the distortion of a fact, not abiding in the truth, falsehood, deception and much more. When you lie you are called a liar. The bible says that the devil is a lair and the father of it, St. John 8:44.

In Genesis 3:4 the serpent told the first recorded lie, "the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die." That was contrary to the truth as God spoke it in Genesis 2:17 which reads, "---for the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die." Genesis 3:8-19 tells of the consequences of believing a lie, that is contrary to the truth. We should all do well to remember that we are in this world but there is another world to come and in both worlds lying is a serious issue. After this life there is another and this one does not allow certain people into the city that has the tree of life as recorded in Revelations 22:15, "For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."

Whosoever loveth and maketh a lie can be examined thus:

Loveth a lie.
- To love a lie is so common today. It is the absolute hate for the truth. When you hear that hell is not real or does not exist, immoral living is only earthly and has nothing to do with life after death, deny the word of God etc and you believe and act on such information, you are believing and loving a lie. Make sure whatever you love is not contrary to the word of God.

Maketh a lie.
- To make a thing, means you are the architect, originator; the devil can be behind it or the Lord. But when it comes to making a lie, only the devil, the father of lies does it, not the Lord. Now when you make, tell or originate a lie it is the spirit of the devil at work. People stay in a corner and imagine evil against a person, design a false information about a person or situation (MAKETH) and proceed to use it to cause damage and glorify Satan. The bible talks about people who love and make a LIE, if you are one of such, repent or be left outside where there are dogs, murderers, idolaters,s fornicators etc.

INSTANCES OF LIES.
    a. Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira lied in a very common manner like many people do today. They took it upon themselves to sell their property and promised to bring in the total proceed to the church and apostles; but had a second thought and kept back part of the sale amount of the property. We as Christians must bear in mind that when we are dealing with fellow believers that Christ Jesus lives in all of us and when we lie, remember that Jesus Christ is at the center of it all; and HE is the one that dwells in us. Ananias and his wife thought they were dealing with ordinary men and could get away with telling a lie but the church was in a revival and the Holy Spirit was at work, and when you lie, you are in fact lying to God. All that they could have done was tell the truth and avoided death. We are in the last days, the Holy Spirit is at work with the revival called, "the quick short work" and one thing to avoid is lying. b. Revelation 21:8 reads, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." This verse of the holy bible clearly shows how seriously God considers telling of lies.


hell_thrown_in_1_ You can see for yourself the kind of company that liars belong with in God's eyes:

    a. Fearful persons: fear is a destroyer and is devoid of trust. b. Unbelieving: this has to do with a person's reaction to the word of God in every situation. Remember unbelief in the WORD is the worst sin, he who believes is not condemned but he who does not belief is condemned already. St. John 1:1-14, Jesus Christ was and is and will ever be the WORD OF GOD. c. Abominable: this clearly indicates that liars are also abominable before God. They are like idolaters. d. Murderers: liars are in the same standing as murderers and this is a serious issue, God hates it. e. Fornicators: and liars are always inseparable and so also all members of these unfortunate groups. f. Sorcerers: these have put their confidence in another god, instead of the only wise God, Jesus Christ. g. Idolaters: these are they that have chosen to worship other gods instead of the true living God. Idolatry comes in many forms; some worship material things like, their homes, cars, careers, children, spouses, money, gurus etc.

Lies rob you of self confidence, brings shame, the devil is delighted and you generally lose trust in God. The worst fact is that God leaves these people including the LIARS outside his fold and land them with second death, in the LAKE OF FIRE. Finally we need to study 2nd Corinthians 5:11 which reads, "Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men," to turn to God in true repentance, accepting the gift of God, the Lord Jesus Christ the Lord of glory.