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At times we have all opened the refrigerator and been met with a foul smell. Something has expired and now is becoming a “science project.” Lying can be like this, it is subtle but figuratively speaking, rot leads to a stench.
Basset hounds have a keen sense of smell, they possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.
Unfortunately, lying can become a natural practice in most circles of life. Half truths, false pretenses even “beating around the bush” in our approach because something is hidden that we don’t want exposed. We want people to think well of us, and have a great impression – but at what cost?
The most effective lies are those that are closest to the truth. Insecurity and fear can be roots to a lie. Not telling the whole truth, or “spinning” the information to work in our favor, can be hard to maintain – We will eventually be caught in our cover-ups.
Lying to ourselves is the platform of lying to others. Are you caught in this internal web?
Here are some indicators:
- My desire is my greatest need
- My needs will never be met
- If people knew me, they would want nothing to do with me
- I have to act like another person to be accepted
The devil is a liar, there is NO TRUTH in him in John 8:44. The devils “web” always entraps us. What stops this vicious cycle? Our security in the unconditional love of God. When we know what to say NO to – it is easier to say YES to the right things.
The Apostle Paul declares in Philippians 4:8 “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” What are you saying yes to? This will expose the truth or strengthen the lie.
Let the “chips” fall where the may, honesty leads to transformation. Say YES to everything that Jesus says you are, and NO to what the devil says – this is the TRUTH, the whole TRUTH and nothing but HIS TRUTH – so help me God!