Topic: Damned Through Lying [Thursday March 16, 2017]
Text: Jeremiah 20:1-6
Key Verse: “And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies” (Jeremiah 20:6).
Show me a man who is habitually or frequently a liar and you show me a man who will have his portion in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. I do not care to which denomination of Christians he may belong. I am sure he is none of Christ’s. And it is very sad to know that there are some in all fellowships, who have this great and grievous fault that you cannot trust them in what they say”, said Charles H. Spurgeon.
The people of Israel had forsaken God and had gone into idolatry; they had also built high places for other gods where their sons were offered in sacrifices. Jeremiah was sent by God to warn the people of the impending wrath of God. Instead of repentance, their leader, Pashur, convinced the people with lies and hardened their hearts. He got a change of name and God’s judgment to witness the fulfilment of the prophecy and to die in exile. For some people today, lying is an insignificant offence.
They lie and call it white, black, diplomatic, political and convenient lies. Spouses lie to one another, children to parents and vice-versa. Politicians lie to get cheap votes and renege on their electioneering promises. The most absurd is that the trend is now visible in the house of God. Some Christians cannot be trusted because they tell lies to increase and sustain their membership. Others tell lies for what they will gain.
As a true believer, you must seek the Spirit of Truth – the Holy Ghost – Who will guide you into all truth. Also, you need to abide in what you already know in Christ. The coming of the Lord is at hand. Therefore, do not allow the spirit of lies to deprive you of your sonship right and make you to miss heaven.
Thought for the day: A liar is not of Christ.
Bible Reading in one Year: 2 Samuel 7-8
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.