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July 29, 2020 1:00 am
Among seven things God hates, the writer of Proverbs lists lying twice. That’s serious for a sin we all commit. Winning in the race of life requires telling the truth. In this message we find out why lying is so prevalent, and so destructive.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Among seven things God hates the writer of Proverbs list lying twice. That's top billing person we all commit to win the race of life requires telling the truth.
Stay with us to find out why lighting is so prevalent and so destructive from the Moody Church in Chicago.
This is running to win with Dr. Erwin Luzerne was clear.
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Esther Luzerne telling the truth obviously means not logging but today you will be expanding what telling the truth means that Dave it's very important for people to know that we can lie not only with our mouths, but also with our lives. All those of you who are listening. Let me ask you a question question is simply does what adjective in the Bible is used most often for God will if you guess the word holiness. You are right, over and over again we find that God is holy. As a matter fact when John looked into heaven.
What did he see he saw the Angels giving God praise holy, holy, holy occurs frequently in Scripture. I've written a book entitled why holiness matters. This is one of the last days, we are making this offer. Here's what you can do for your gift of any amount. This book can be yours. Go to RTW offer.com RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and now even as we open God's word. Let us remember that God loves truth and God strongly dislikes lighting. Let's take for an example of the misrepresentation that took place in next chapter 5 the story of Ananias and Sophia reread this in our devotions at home last night with the children and my children were really quite taken aback by the fact that the text doesn't say that they lied what happened is in chapter 4 verse 36 is Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth on the tract of land sold and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet. Chapter 5 tells the story of Ananias and Sapphire who also sold a property, they did the same thing. They kept back part of the price somebody says what wasn't that all right. Maybe they had financial need. Of course it was all right.
Peter says in verse three. Rather, verse four. While it remained unsold did not remain your own after it was sold, was it not under your control you can do anything you want with it. You could've kept all the money. What did Ananias and Sophia read do that was wrong.
The answer is they took money and they laid it at the apostles feet, pretending that they were giving all they had received from the land just like Barnabas had done. That's what was so sinful. If they did given a part of it and said now this is only a part of it because we need money. Peter said you have that right. He says it was yours. Even after you sold it remained your own.
But the problem is you put the best face on it you wanted to give the impression that you were spiritually wanted to give the impression that you were generous and Sapphire you wanted to be elected to the woman society so everyone would think that you were godly and because of that pretense. God says it's game over your dad say why doesn't God do that today. I think God was giving an object lesson to the church what he was doing at the beginning of the church was to say that I hate pretense. I hate High Park receipt. I hate to lighting and because these people agreed in their heart to lie through pretense. I will use them as an object lesson and so Ananias dies the fire dies.
Both of them are wiped out and Peter says to them, why has Satan filled your heart to the Holy Spirit. Remember John chapter 8 says that Satan is a liar and the father of lies is technique is the lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies. You know that sometimes wicked spirits actually speak through the mouths of people, especially when they are being dealt with. If a person is demonized because of some reason, perhaps dabbling in the Colton one of the things that you know about wicked spirits is the only time you can believe them is when they have just told you that they have just been lying liars.
It is almost impossible for a demon to tell the truth, he would rather say something very evasive and general rather than telling the truth. He hates truths and so Peter says Ananias, why did Satan feel your heart he put it into your heart to lie you to sit Ananias and Samira that day that you were eating breakfast, and you are discussing this among yourselves. Satan was in your kitchen and he was passing this idea off into your mind.
They wouldn't believe the fate of said this is what we agreed to do to make ourselves look Satan's great desire is to take thoughts and to pass them off into our minds and to get us to believe that they are ours and his it was motivated by pride. This lie was his.
It was suggested by the devil, but it was directed against God. Peter says you have not lied to men you have allied to God because he is the one that makes the rules.
You are a liar and God hates liars mother so much more that could be said that we must hurry on. We can break the commandment by what we say we can break the commandment by what we do.
Also, we can also break this commandment by what we say and do when you put the two together for that turn with me to the book of first John for just a moment to remember.
It occurs near the end of the New Testament just a couple of pages before the book of Revelation.
First John here he says that you can be a liar because you say one thing and you do another. I'm thinking of chapter 1 verse six of first John, if we say that we have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth what he saying is, is that what comes out of our mouth is inconsistent with our life we say. I walk in the light, we stand up and we give testimonies and say you know it's wonderful to walk with the Lord and to have fellowship with him and and all that there are hidden areas of darkness in our life. If you can think of our lives as a house and every house has several different rooms and every one of these rooms represents a different area of our life. One room represents our business life. The other room represents our married life. The other room represents our academic life. The other room represents the financial part of our life and we have all of these different rooms within us, and if there is darkness there because there is something that we have not surrendered to God. The text says, we lie and we do not do the truth and remember what God says in Proverbs.
These six things doth the Lord hate gays, seven are an abomination onto him and twice lying is meant.
God hates it, because God is truth. Satan loves it because he is a lie and the father of lies. So it's possible to live by what you say and by what you do. Combining the two and putting them together look at another lie.
But John talks about this is in the same book. Chapter 4 verse 20. Another kind of lie that he speaks about if someone says I love God, and he hates his brother, he is a liar for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen, that's interesting.
Here somebody who stands up in church and sings a my Jesus, I love the I know thou art mine for the all the Foleys of sin.
I resign but he is resentment against his brother, but Texas if someone says I love God, and yet he hates his brother, he's a liar that you know you read it and you say well why is that the case on the rationale that is given is that it is easier to love someone whom you can see, and you can serve than it is to love God was on scene.
That's what he says but do you say I have resentment in my heart towards my brother. If you have resentment in your heart towards your brother or towards your sister in effect. Also, by the way you have resentment against God, there's a very quick transfer there because there people who say that because it was because of God that my parents abused me, or why did God allow this to happen to me and it's very easy for us as human beings to take hatred against a person and then end up directing that hatred against God and so he says that it is not possible to say I love God, and you hate my brother without lying is a will. I don't agree with that. Well if you don't then you are calling God a liar is the text says it can't be done. I see what the Lord is saying to us is that he desires that we have in the keyword here is integrity integrity.
That's a good word. And God knows we need a lot of it with so many people today who when you speak to them in church. They appear as if all is well, but actually in their lives there building up a whole network of deception and deceit.
If only the truth were known, they lack integrity, honesty, the reign of transparency and truthfulness member that earthquake. I wouldn't expect you necessarily to remember when it happened, as it happened in the year 1906, but you member that earthquake that you read about that Took Pl. in San Francisco on April 18, 1906 as a result of that earthquake 700 people died 300,000 were left homeless, 28,000 buildings were destroyed. Very interesting and architect said that the reason that the toll was so great was not because of the earthquake necessarily being that large, but he attributed the devastation at least a large part of the devastation to what he called dishonest mortar dishonest mortar. The builders of San Francisco had used a lot of cheap sand mixed in with not enough expensive limestone. They did that in order to conserve in order to make some money in the deal. Just like builders sometimes do today when they are constructing buildings with inferior materials and what happened was that dishonest mortar though it was hidden for a long time when the earthquake came, it was revealed that many of those buildings were not billed well and that's why the devastation was so great, I thought to myself, you know there are a lot of lives there being built on dishonest mortar dishonest mortar Jesus once told a story.
He said that those who build their life on the sand that they may have a beautiful house with the right number of windows and it may be a very impressive structure.
It looks just as beautiful if not more so than the person who builds his house upon the rock and so you can't tell the difference on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon in Chicago. But then Jesus said when the storm comes in. The judgment begins to come and you begin to have problems and the wind begins to blow the hail begins and you have lightning and thunder and all that. Suddenly the house that is built upon the rock stands on the one that is built upon the sand collapse collapses because of dishonest mortar.
You know there have been people whose lives it appeared to be so normal, so godly, so neat who had built an entire network of secrecy in terms of the hidden. This, of what they have done, all of which is been upon receipt.
It's amazing to see this happen because our hearts are naturally deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. The Bible says who can know it, and goddesses.
I hate a lot. I hate and end the time is coming when Antichrist comes when the Scripture says men and women are going to believe the lie.
God will send them strong delusion, that they might believe that the lie right now in Sunday school as I teach the New Age movement really based on an incredible number of successful lies but there are some lives that are based on lies to you member David.
David tried to cover his sin. He went to a great deal of trouble to try to do that. He brought Uriah back from the battle. He tried to get Uriah drunk key then eventually ended up killing Uriah so that it would look as if Bathsheba just became his wife and everything was fine and that there was nothing wrong with the relationship cover upon cover upon cover. You've heard me say that it's rather ironic that the man who went to such great lengths to cover his sin is almost today famous for it. Everybody knows that David was an adult for, but it's very interesting that when he began to cry up to God.
In Psalm 51 pieces about desirous not sacrifice, but also he said in Psalm 51 against the NV only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight, that thou might is being justified will now speak us and be declared righteous. When no judges. David says God you are a God of truthfulness of justice, of righteousness, of transparency and I am confessing that the sin was against you. Interestingly, in Romans chapter 3, Paul picks up that verse, and he adds the words, let God be true and every man a liar every now liar.
Now if you're here today and do not realize the deception that is in your own heart. You are really making God a liar you're making God a liar because the Bible says that each of us is born with a deceptive nature. Each of us has a great dose of untruthfulness because a drop of Satan's rebellion, a drop of his desire to live has fallen upon every single human heart, but what God says to us today is that I can forgive that I can forgive if you're a Christian, and there is deception in your life. It is very very important that that get taken care of. To the extent that it can even if it means writing a letter to a university that you graduated from the pit means taking something back if it means some untruths that you told to someone were you misled them if it's some business deal where there has been some dishonest mortar you have that responsibility before God because God hates. I if you're not a Christian, your first responsibility is not to worry about all of the deceptions in your life except in so far that they are reminder of the fact that you desperately need to be forgiven and to be cleansed by God and to be received in his present and the good news is that when Jesus Christ died on the cross. His death was a sacrifice for sin. He died in our place whereby we could be forgiven and cleansed, and God can make us one of his own and actually give us a nature, a new nature that hates deception because that new nature does because it is patterned after Jesus Christ and the reason that you ought to flee to the cross with such tremendous speed, figuratively speaking, is because the Bible says this in Revelation chapter 21 verse eight it says outside of the holy city beautiful description of the new Jerusalem. It says outside of the holy city are sorcerers, deceivers and all liars all liars. Interestingly, in that list of people outside of the holy city, a dozen sales sorcerers, though that may be implied with sorcery, murderers and minutes is all I why God says I hate abomination and lie. God hates because he is a God of truth, whatever the dishonest mortar is in your life when you confess it and forsake it and expose yourself to God, whatever the cost. God says thou shalt not bear false. Let's pray all father.
Today we want to thank you that Jesus is a friend of sinners because we know that there exists within the natural unconverted human heart and incredible deception tendency to lie to seat slander soul. There, we thank you that you cannot only forgive us for that, but we rejoice also that you can make us new people, people who love righteousness and hated iniquity, and we pray today for that believer who knows right well what they ought to make right is the spirit of God is pointed it out to them. We ask that you give them the grace to do it no matter how humiliating it is, no matter how difficult it is. We pray that you will give them the ability to do what ever is necessary to be fully right with you and man, and for the people who do not know you. A Savior, they never trusted you and they to understand that they are deceitful. Help them to see that their first step is to realize the Jesus Christ death was for them and to believe on that on Christ to acknowledge their sin and say Lord Jesus, I trust you completely and totally. May they make that choice today for your namesake. We pray in Jesus name. You know, this is Pastor Luther I need to emphasize that repentance is something that we should do every single day. Sometimes we forget that holiness is still a requirement you know when I stop to think of the world today. We recognize that when people think of that word holy. They almost always think of it in negative terms in one of the reasons is because the 10 Commandments are thou shalt not, but the real reason for holiness is to understand God better it is to be brought into his presence.
That's why I've written the book why holiness matters love for you to have a copy. I think it will be a great encouragement, and for gift of any amount. It can be yours.
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As I've mentioned for gift of any amount you go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 let us re-claim that which is so important. The doctrine of holiness. It's time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor Luther a question about the Bible or the Christian life. Every year we celebrate Good Friday and many Christians wonder what happened to Jesus after he died. Jennifer is a regular running to win listener who asks during Christ's three days in the tomb. Did he do send below the earth what was happening at that time will Jennifer I'm going to give you a quick answer to your question. A very good question. By the way, and that is that if Jesus did go to hell after he died on the cross, he wasn't there for very long because he said to the thief, today you will be with me in paradise. There some evidence that perhaps Jesus did descend into Hades, you know the Bible says that will not leave my soul in Sheol and there is a debate as to whether or not that just means the grave or whether or not it means something more than the graves. Sheol does often mean more than the graves it means some kind of existence in the netherworld. It's possible that Jesus was therefore time but if he was, as I mentioned, it wasn't for long because he ended up seeing the thief in paradise. But here's the bottom line. Whether or not Jesus descended into Hades, or she'll is a matter of dispute, but one thing is certain. He did not purchase our redemption, there, and there is some false teachers on television today who say that Jesus went to hell and he bore our hell in hell no he bore our hell on the cross and so please keep that in mind that's where redemption happened and all that we can do is to simply say that perhaps we don't know whether Jesus went to Hades.
But one thing is sure he did end up that very day with the father and with the thief. Thank you Jennifer for your question. Thank you, Dr. looks her for that thoughtful answer if you'd like to hear your question answered.
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