Some people live as though God doesn't exist; as if He never has given His Word and as if they can do or say anything without consequences. Choices vs. Consequences...
Alas, even some believers act this way but God makes it clear that our relationship with Him should be the focus of our lives and not for the folly of others. Once we really focus on God, that will change our entire outlook on how we live before God and others. This new mindset will transform our thinking and actions --our goals and standards -- our motives and priorities. The new creature puts away old things...II Corinthians 5:17
The Bible tells us that God's people represent Him (and not just on Sundays). That means, we need to be trustworthy, always keeping our word (let your yes be yes....) and being as honest as possible (I know this is hard when you're trying to be someone else). Sadly, some people don't understand these truths. The feel justified in resorting to deception; saying or doing what they need to gain the advantage -- even as far as deliberately LYING to look good. Some are willing to ignore or even violate God's Word if they feel this would bring them gain or benefit(s).
What is the basis for this kind of deceit? It stems from sin in our hearts for we have acted unfaithfully against our Lord. It's what's in our hearts that matters. 1 Sam 16:7; Luke 6:45
Today, let's remember to make God and His Word our true foundation and not the shaky ground this world provides. Focus on what REALLY matters and do not be distracted by deceit. God's Word should be your foundational focus in life. Seek to please HIM! Serve God and obey His commandments (love Him and love your neighbor). Be on guard against any temptation and refrain from cheating and deception. After all, what's done in secret....Luke 12: 2-3
Today, ask God to free you from practicing deception. Ask God to free you deception and from that spirit to willfully sin. Ask God to aide you in faithfulness and stand firm to your convictions. Be honest in your actions, attitudes and words. Speak the truth! And ye shall know the truth...John 8:32
Prayer: Dear Lord, search my heart and expose any areas of deceit. Lord, help me to speak the truth in love and to be a FAITHFUL witness....a TRUTHFUL witness....a POSITIVE witness so that others my see the REAL Jesus in me. In the Light of Christ, Amen!