If you have a tendency to lie, it is essential thatA you bring correction to this part of your life as soon as possible.
Often this person has served faithfully in the past; yet suddenly he becomes a raging torrent a€” accusing the Pastor, getting upset with the Pastoral staff, and trying to stir up as much trouble as possible. The amazing thing is that this person is usually blind to how ugly and ungodly his behavior really is.
Often the person even thinks hea€™s doing the Will of God by pointing out the flaws of the Church leadership!A Timothy was having similar troubles with several people in his own congregation. Let it be known that truthfulnessA is important a€” so important, in fact, that it is the foundation of all successful relationships atA home, at church, and at work. This is a deceived believer, captured by the enemy and now working for the devil to disrupt the local church!A Offense is usually the entry point the devil uses to seduce a believer into this behavior. When people know that you are being straight with them, at least theya€™ll know they can alwaysA depend on you to tell the truth, even if they dona€™t like what youa€™re telling them.
And ita€™s amazing just how quickly a dart of offense from the enemy can be thrown into a persona€™s heart. Equally amazing is the speed in which just one of his evil darts can change that persona€™s perspective of someone he used to honor and respect! In a matter of seconds, his entire view of that other person can become adversely affected.A Like the dripping of water, the devil begins to repeatedly strike a persona€™s mind with accusations against the one who was once so revered. Have you everA misrepresented the truth about who you are, what you can do, what you have done, or what youA have heard or think of others?


At the moment it is happening, the person really believes that what he is thinking and doingis right. If so, will you continue to tolerateA this seriously wrong behavior and thus allow a lack of confidence and suspicion to prevail?
This is a classic example of a believer taken captive by the devil to do the devila€™s will. So if you have misrepresented the facts in the past but are willing to repent and change, Goda€™sA Spirit will enable you to stop lying and to learn how to be more truthful. And if you are the one whoA must bring correction to the dishonest person, just turn to the Holy Spirit for help. I ask You to help me stop making excuses for this behavior and toA accept responsibility for the words and messages I project to others.
He is a master at embellishing real or imagined offenses until they become inflated and larger than life. When peopleA talk to me, they can count on the fact that I dona€™t embellish the truth or twist the factsA to my advantage.
They can rest assured that Ia€™m honest about myself and the situations inA which I find myself. He is an accuser, so if I am tempted to accuse and slander, it means that theA devil is trying to work through me.
I keep my nose out of other peoplea€™s business and concern myself insteadA with those issues that have to do with me and my areas of responsibility.


Give me the ability to recognize this strategy of the enemyA as soon as it starts, and to put on the brakes before I get so embroiled in a conflict that I cana€™tA see or think correctly. Are there any areas in your life where you know youa€™ve been dishonest about who you are, what youa€™ve done, or what you can do?
My mind thinks straight and clearly, and I am sound and balanced in my perspectiveA of the situations I face in life. If your answer is yes to these questions, what steps are you going to take to bring correction to the times you have lied in the past? I am teachable when my friends tell me the truth,A helping me see when I am getting too upset about things that arena€™t so important. Are you going to let the lie continue to be repeated as though it were a fact, or will you go to those who heard your dishonest words and tell them the truth?A 3.
Has there ever been a moment in your life when the devil trapped you emotionally and used you to stir up trouble? At the time this incident occurred, did you recognize that the person acting so destructively was literally captured in his mind and emotions?A 3.



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