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Friday, January 11, 2019
Today's Devotion
"So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth…" (Ephesians 4:25).

Why do people lie? I was thinking about it, and I think one of the reasons people lie is out of fear. They're afraid and they don't know what to say. Your husband asks, "Did you do such-and-such?" and you say, "No," when you actually did. Workers to employers, kids to parents, and husbands to wives all lie because they're afraid. We are afraid we're going to get into trouble. God hasn't given us the spirit of fear, and when we are really walking in the Spirit, we don't have to be afraid. It takes us time to remember this, and God will give us lots of lab practice in this area.

We can learn to speak the truth even though it might get us into trouble. A lie will always complicate things. For one thing, you've got to have mega-memory to remember everything you've lied about. You will also constantly be thinking, "Okay, now I've lied to them, I told the truth to them, and I lied to them and them. I tweaked the truth to them, and it sounded like we're doing this and we're really not." You lay in bed at night thinking, "Ok, who did I lie to and who did I tell the truth to?" I don't have that good of memory so I just tell the truth, and when someone asks me the next time, I either say, "I can't remember," or I tell them the same thing I told them before because it's the truth. You never have to worry when you are telling the truth, and some things aren't anyone's business. You can always say, "Oh wow," and it will buy you time to think.

A little boy gave to this answer to his mother when she asked, "What's a lie, honey?" He said, "Mother, a lie is an abomination to the Lord and a very present help in time of need." No! Lies always complicate things, and that's what we're supposed to learn as children. Lies backfire.
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Today's ScriptShare
"Rescue me from these criminals; save me from these murderers. They have set an ambush for me. Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord, though I have not sinned or offended them. I have done nothing wrong, yet they prepare to attack me. Wake up! See what is happening and help me! O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, wake up and punish those hostile nations. Show no mercy to wicked traitors" (Psalm 59:2-5).
The LORD bless you and keep you; 
The LORD make His face shine on you, 
And be gracious to you; 
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, 
And give you peace.
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