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“Embracing Change To Experience Life!”. Dealing With A Lying Tongue. Exodus 20:16. Exodus 20:16…. “ You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (NIV). INTRODUCTION. “Lying” is included in the. Ten Commandments. The Lord takes this sin (lying) very seriously!.

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“Embracing Change To Experience Life!”

Dealing With

A Lying Tongue

Exodus 20:16


Exodus 20:16….

“You shall not give false testimony against

your neighbor.”

(NIV)


INTRODUCTION

“Lying”is included in the

Ten Commandments....

The Lord takes

this sin (lying)

very seriously!


Revelation 21:8….

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will

be in the fiery lake of

burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (NIV)


Revelation 22:15….

“Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts,

the sexually immoral,

the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood (lies).”

(NIV)


Mark Twain

said….

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while truth is still lacing up her boots.”


It’s natural to LIE,

and there’s something about our human nature that enjoys it …

lies and loves lying.

LYING is easy, but the

TRUTH is hard oftentimes.


Proverbs 6:16-19 lists “LYING” as one of the

7 things the Lord hates….

“(v.16) There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:

(v.17) haughty eyes,

a lying tongue, ….


…. hands that shed innocent blood, (v.18) a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, (v.19) a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” (NIV)


Proverbs 12:22….

“The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights

in men who are truthful.”

(NIV)


said….

The poet

“You can fool the public and be a secret fraud, you can try to hide your lying, but you can’t fool God!”


MAIN POINTS

3 Truths about LYING….

1.

The "ORIGIN"

Of Lying


John 8:44….

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When

he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”(NIV)


So we’re a lot like Satan when we “LIE.”

Thefirst time we see Satan in the Bible,

he “LIES” about God

to man.

(Genesis 3:1-4)


LYING About God

To Man

A)

In what

areas?


About the

"Truthfulness"

Of God

“Did God really say it?”

(Genesis 3:1)


About the

"Righteousness"

Of God

“You will not surely die…”

(Genesis 3:4)


About the

"Goodness"

Of God

“For God knows that

when you eat of it…

you will be like God…”

(Genesis 3:5)


LYING About Man

To God

B)

The Book of Job....

Satan lying about

man to God.

Job 1:8-12


Listen to what the devil

says in verse 10....

(paraphrase in simple term)

“The only reason Job

obeys you is because

you’re so good to him.”

What a liar!


To Adam and Eve

he says that

God isn’t good enough, and now he’s

saying that

God is too good!


At crucifixion...

Satan lies to man.

He puts it in the hearts

of many to bear false

witness against Jesus.


In Genesis, Satan uses a lie

to corrupt a godly man.

In Job, he uses a lie to criticize a good man.


In the New Testament, Satan uses a lie

to crucify the God Man

(Jesus Christ).


In Revelation, he tells

a lie so big and believable that it brings about

the end of the world.


From beginning to end...

Satan is a liar!

Don’t take “lying” lightly.

God is truth, and

anything less than

truth is wrong ...

it’s sin!


2.

The

"OPERATION"

Of Lying


“Lying” has many faces.

7 ways

people often LIE

without even

thinking about it...


A. Slander

Psalms 101:5….

“Whosever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence (cut off) ...”

(NIV)


SLANDER

“lying” with the

intention of doing harm to another’s reputation.

Irreparable damage!


B. Tale-Bearing

Tale-Bearing

Just love to tell things …don’t care if their facts are correct or not.

Gossip


1 Timothy 5:13….

“Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.”

(NIV)


Leviticus 19:16….

“Do not go about spreading slander among your people…..” (NIV)

Anyone who will

gossip TO you

will gossip ABOUT YOU!


C. Insinuation

Insinuation

… does not actually say it, just SUGGEST IT!


D. Flattery

Flattery

Insincere praise

Saying something to

someone’s face that

you would never say

behind their back.


Psalms 55:21….

“His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.” (NIV)


E. Half Truths

Half Truth

… not telling the

whole story.

Half the truth equals

a whole lie.


F. Exaggeration

To exaggerate

… beyond realistic and actual truth,

dramatic, unreal.

Let your story be

just what it should be!


G. Excuses

Excuses

are just

dressed up lies.


Webster Dictionary

defines “excuse” as….

“To release from an obligation, duty or promise.”

or

“To serve as an

explanation or justification for something.”


When you made a promise to someone, try to fulfill it.

No matter what

it takes or cost!

Don’t make excuses to get out of your promises.


Note:

Keep what you promised – and all will go well for your character and life!


3.

The

"OVERCOMING"

Of Lying


Every negative command could be

reworded

positively!


Truth” is the very character and nature

of our God.

Jesus said,

“I am the truth.”

(John 14:6)


How to overcome lying?

A. LOVE The Truth

A heart change!


Psalm 51:6….

“Surely you desire

truth in the inner parts;

you teach me wisdom

in the inmost place.”

(NIV)

We need an

inward change!


2 Thessalonians 2:10….

“And in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.

They perish because

they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

(NIV)



Philippians 4:8….

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (NIV)


Saturate your mind

with good things,

… the Word of God.

John 8:32


C. LIVE The Truth

Ephesians 4:25….

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” (NIV)


Be accountable to others.

Be open to others

stopping you when you gossip or slander.

Immediately confess,correct and commit

yourself to the truth.


CONCLUSION

Let us purpose

to deal with the

"LYING TONGUE."


Let this year be a year of

CHANGE

– to walk & live in

TRUTH!

Amen! Let’s pray!


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