Daily Devotional – 2/20/12 “Tell the truth and shame the devil!”

There was once this young man who had accepted God into his life. He went to bible study, Sunday school and worship service twice on Sunday. He helped out wherever he could and seemed to have everything all together. On a sunny, warm afternoon while driving home he was killed in an automobile accident and his soul was carried home to stand in front of God to be judged. He knew he had this covered because he was a Christian, you see. He reached the Heavenly gates and he was in awe of the beautiful sight that he was now seeing. He couldn’t believe that he was actually there and was about to see God because he had so much he wanted to thank him for. When it was finally his turn to take the stand in his defense, God asked him, “Young man, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before your God?” The young man answered quickly, “Yes sir!” God then asked, “Do you think you deserve to walk through the gates of Heaven?” “Yes sir,” he exclaimed! “I’ve done what you asked me to do even though I wasn’t always perfect but I was a willing worker for you on Sundays and Wednesdays. I helped folk that needed it and I went when I didn’t feel like going, isn’t that what you asked?” God replied, “Yes, but did you read all of my commandments?” “Yea, I read them and I tried to keep them all but it was just so hard. I told a few lies here and there but they were small so I didn’t think they mattered much so I didn’t repent for them. See, I only told them to keep from hurting folks feelings like when my wife would ask how she looked in that dress or when my boss would ask if I mind staying late at work even though I had made plans. I told those lies to spare them, so I assumed you would let those pass.” God replied, “Didn’t you read in my word where is states , “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds, and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:9-10)? You know that I hate liars but you continued on anyway. If you were such a loving husband, you wouldn’t lie to your wife because you’d want her to look her best at all times, right?” “Yea, but …” he said. “There isn’t a but to add because you should have been honest and when you lied to your boss and stayed late even though you had plans, you became angry which leads to bitterness and bitterness leads to resentment; all because you lied. This could have all been avoided if you would have told the truth.” Now crying, the young man hangs in head because he didn’t realize the small lies could detour his walk through the gates. He never imagined a simple lie to spare someone’s feelings could hinder him.

Hmm, this is worth thinking about huh? What good does it do to tell a lie when the truth will do? Do you tell so many lies that folk now treat you like the boy who cried wolf? The bad part about it is Christians are the ones that can tell a lie quicker than you can blink. Simply sad, when the bible says in 1 Peter 3:10, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.” You know that your husband looks a mess in those pants that are too short but you lie and tell him he looks fine when he asked because you got an attitude. You tell your wife she looks great in that floral print dress when you know it should have been thrown away back in the 70’s, all because you don’t want her to get mad. You let your girlfriend go out to the club looking like a box of off brand crayons because you don’t want her acting crazy when you tell her she looks a hot mess. Child, you’re lying to them and yourself and if you think God is pleased you’re kidding yourself. A lie is a lie no matter how small. Who cares if folk get mad when you tell them the truth because if they are true friends and Christians then they will know that you love them and want to see the best for them in what you tell them. See, when you speak the truth you speak it from your heart. Ephesians 4:25 says, “So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.”

Don’t you know that when you lie you have to keep telling lies to cover the first one? It’s like a never-ending process when you should have told the truth to begin with. Now, I am not saying go back and tell the truth from things that happened in your past but repent for the old sins and vow to be truthful from now on. I know that it’s not always easy but it’s right and a lie is slippery so keep it tight. Haven’t you heard that your tongue has power? If you continue to lie, eventually you’ll start to believe it. If you think that stealing is the only way for you to survive, then it will be until you end up in jail for 15 years because as you continue your need increases because you get greedy (the never-ending process). Tell the truth and shame the devil. If you’re my friend and you see me making a mistake, tell me. I might now show you, then, that it matters but I’ll hear your voice in my head which just may make me change. If you’re my parent and you see me going down the wrong road, tell me. I may act like I don’t care but I do and I’ll eventually change. If you act like you don’t care then I begin to think you don’t, so I’ll continue to do what I want. James 5:20 says, “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Tell the truth and shame the devil! Tell the truth and remain on God’s level! My grandma says, “It’s the little lies that’ll send you to hell!” If you don’t believe me, keep telling them. Telling lies leads to more lies which pushes you further from God’s grasp and once you’ve out of his reach he can’t stop you from falling, he can’t pick you up once you have fallen and he can’t dust you off once you’re up. Oh, but telling the truth keeps you under the umbrella of God’s hands which keeps you dry even though you’re standing in the rain, it’ll keep you cool even though you’re standing in the sun, it’ll keep your clothes white even though folks are throwing dirt on you, it’ll keep your knees from getting scarred up when folks keep pushing you down, it’ll keep you from getting burned even though you’re standing in the fire and it’ll keep your clothes in tact even though folks keep pulling you in all directions. Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before your God keeps your blessings falling in your direction. Telling the truth keeps the Hell off your back while you’re trying to make it to Heaven. Telling the truth keeps folks from putting their mouth on you. Telling the truth shall make you free! Plus (and I’ll throw this in for free), telling the truth at all times keeps you from having to keep up the lies you tell sometimes.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

Lakisha Johnson, native Memphian and author of over fifteen titles was born to write. She’ll tell you that “It isn't just writing, it's ministry." Along with being an author, she is an ordained minister, co-pastor, wife, mother and the product of a large family. She is an avid blogger at kishasdailydevotional.com and social media poster where she utilizes her gifts to encourage others to tap into their God given talents. She won’t claim to be the best at what she does nor does she have all the answers, she is simply grateful to be used by God.

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