The Devil is a liar, the father of all lies, and every minute we spend wallowing in unbelief of the truths of God, we spend swamped by the lies of the devil. The supreme Liar will ooze falsehood, it is all he contains. Our Father, however, is true in all His being. Jesus promises us that His truth will lift us out of the soggy mire.
If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.—John 8: 32
Here’s the thing. We all know we aren’t supposed be liars and we shouldn’t believe liars either. This isn’t some hidden mystery of God. It should be simple right? It is, until it isn’t. Life is messy and lies are hard to spot, they can be so subtle we eat them right up like Eve did in the garden: “Did God really say…?” Our first mother passed on to all her daughters after her, ears that are susceptible to the subversive tongue hissing, sweet-sounding, rebellion. We need the power of God to rescue us with the truth just like she did.
We are often mastered by subtle twistings of truth. The kind of twistings which tell us that we know the motives of every person we’re upset with even when we don’t, which whisper of our right to personal happiness and caramel lattes, that allow deceitful emotions to tyrannize our days and wreak havoc in our relationships. Sisters, we do not have to succumb to the twisted murmurings echoing in our ears. We serve a God of truth who will lead us in truth. This is good news!
So what can we do to live true?
1. Believe Truth.
Repent and believe. This is the continuous refrain of the Christian life. Without the work of Christ on our behalf we would succumb, as many do, to the lies of our own rebellious hearts:
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.—Romans 1:18-19
It starts with believing in Jesus Christ and trusting in His finished work of salvation on our behalf, which is a glorious beginning. But it doesn’t stop there. The work of Christ not only secures our souls for eternity, it also assures us of His work in our lives now. The work of the Spirit continues throughout our lives sanctifying us, growing us in the truth, and assuring us that we can be free from the lies which entangle us. As we spend time in the Word, lies which were formerly hidden to us become evident. We must continue the habit of repenting and believing, discarding one-by-one the many lies we carry with us. This seems like an arduous task at times but we serve a Lord who knows our weaknesses and will answer a prayer of, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). So believe, and pray for His help.
2. Love Truth
This may sound obvious, but it isn’t. We have an unhealthy aversion to truth, especially if the truth will require something difficult from us. We enjoy the comfortable cover of lies and often solicit easy or pleasant answers instead of truthful ones. When you ask someone for advice, do you go to the person you know will agree with you, or do you go to the person who will tell you the truth even if it is unpleasant? When you are considering tough questions on hot-button issues like homosexuality or feminism or abortion, do you regurgitate culturally acceptable answers that will get you a pat on the back from your friends, or do you go to God’s Word to seek His answers?
[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;—1 Corinthians 13:6
We must be people who pursue truth and cling to it when we find it because we love God and all truth is from Him and because we love our neighbors who are in desperate need of the truth. We rejoice in truth because we love the God of truth, not because it makes our lives easy.
3. Speak Truth
Laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.—Ephesians 4:25
We are prone to fudging the truth when talking with our friends, this practice is otherwise known as lying. Our deceits often wear just enough of the truth to appear fully clothed when spoken softly, but when they walk out into the sunlight we understand they failed to wear a slip. Half-truths and guessed-truths are often exposed as lies in the daylight. Make sure you know your words are true and that the people you are speaking to need to hear it.
Our tongues are difficult to control, and in the same way, our hearts can be unruly.
O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?…He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.—Psalm 15
The righteous learn to combat the lies of the heart, and we see the psalmist doing this as he preaches to his heart to turn away from oppressive lies that God would not care for him in his distress.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.—Psalm 43:5
We speak the truth in a personal way to ourselves and our friends, but we must also speak truth into the culture. Those difficult truths, those ones the culture doesn’t want to hear, must be spoken.
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.—Proverbs 31:8-9
When we see injustice in the world, when we hear the truths of God being maligned, lovers of truth speak. We speak in defense of the truth. We speak in defense of our neighbors. We speak in love. We do not hide in shame that the truth will put us out-of-step with our Facebook friends.
4. Practice the truth.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;—1 John 1:6
We are responsible for the things we know. If we claim we are with Jesus, we need to live lives true to that claim. We are not earning our salvation but living lives that bear the fruit of salvation. We are saved—saved from bondage to lies and enabled to walk in the truth. This should become more and more evident in our living as we learn to live more obediently to His Word each day.
So rejoice! You do not have to live the life of a liar. Believe, love, speak, and practice the truth—repent when you fail. I guess, it’s pretty simple after all.