Lies


I am going to ask God today to reveal my errors in perspective. I am asking God to reveal truth to me so that I can confront reality and let him steer me down his straight path. Would you join me? Today we see how we lie to ourselves and where to find truth…

28 I weep with sorrow;
encourage me by your word.
29 Keep me from lying to myself;
give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
30 I have chosen to be faithful;
I have determined to live by your regulations.
31 I cling to your laws.
Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!
32 I will pursue your commands,
for you expand my understanding.
Psalm 119:28-32

A dear friend shared these verses with me the other day. His focus for me was on verse 29: keep me from lying to myself… What lies am I telling myself today? And furthermore, what lies would Satan want me to believe in my life? If he can get me to believe lies, then I will not live in the truth. That would be victory for darkness.

We have a puzzle on the go. We haven’t done one in years, yet it seemed like a good and therapeutic thing to do over the last week or so. I try not to look at the box. I’d rather put pieces together based on themes and colours and then see where they fit. And one of the realities of my puzzling is that I often have the wrong perspective on how things line up or fit together. I think they go in a straight line and then I find out they cascade, stepping down every few pieces. Or that the pieces run vertical instead of horizontal.

Until the pieces are linked together and placed into the puzzle, I do not have true perspective.

I have been trying to come up with a list of good lies, which the Devil would have me or those around me believe today. Try some of these on for size:

  • You are better than your neighbour and probably stand a good chance of being accepted into heaven based on your goodness.
  • You can’t come back from that thing you did wrong. God will never accept you.
  • You can withstand that temptation because you believe that God won’t let anything come your way that you can’t handle (which is not in the Bible, BTW).
  • Your ability to fix things or help others through their issues means that you don’t need to rely on God as much.
  • You’re not good enough compared to others and so you shouldn’t even try.
  • What you have to say isn’t important and is probably wrong.
  • That thing you are doing isn’t sin – it’s okay – it’s not over the line.  It’s nothing to worry about.

I could write lies all day… What lies are you believing today? What lies are you telling yourself and what truth are you running from or ignoring?

The psalmist gives us the answer to our wrestling with the lies of life: be
encouraged by God’s word. Find your answers and your truth in the Word of God. Ask him for the privilege of knowing his instructions. Choose to be faithful to him and to live by his regulations for you. Cling to the commands of God. Pursue them and God will expand your understanding.

I am going to ask God today to reveal my errors in perspective. I am asking God to reveal truth to me so that I can confront reality and let him steer me down his straight path. Would you join me?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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