You Lie, I Know You Do!

I do.

I have to be honest. I lie a lot more than I would like to admit too. Isn’t that kinda like lying? I am so funny. How honest are you? I bet you are saying I don’t tell lies.

I am reading Jeffrey Gitomer’s new book Little Teal Book of Trust. He makes an interesting point.

Being honest when you’re dealing with others is easier to do because your honesty is on the table for all to view.

Being honest with yourself is more difficult because you only have to justify it in private where no one can see it.

It is easier to tell the truth when you know you will get caught; however, when you know you can get away with it, now that is a different story. Gitomer challenges his readers to think about how they lie to themselves. It is easy to do because we have no one to justify our actions too.

I lie to myself. How? By being dishonest about the consequences to my choices.

“One more piece won’t hurt.”

“Just one more time.”

“Dummy!”

“Your just not good enough.” (This one is the worst)

Lying to myself is hurting me. I want to lose weight and know I cannot unless I put the chocolate down. I want to be more positive but can’t unless I stop filling my mind with doubt. It does hurt when we lie to ourselves. It makes us disappointed, think down on us and feel guilty. To add insult to injury, we let God down.

Gitomer writes,

Becoming honest with yourself takes a hell of a lot of courage – because it means doing the right thing when no one’s looking. There’s pride in honesty. There’s pride in being honorable.

and

A big part of honesty is self-discipline, personal resolve, and taking pride in who you are as a person and what each action means to your character.

Everything you do either adds or takes away from who you are. I am either building myself up by putting good things and thoughts into me or tearing down by putting bad things and thoughts into me.

22For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,

23but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.

24Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.  Romans 7:22-25

When I look in the mirror and stare into my own eyes. I see a man I know everything about. I can remember all the lies I have ever told myself. Then I remember, “Thanks be to God.” I have been set FREE! The old lies don’t count anymore.

13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,

14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Now I can go and stop telling lies. God bless.

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What Does God Hate?

It is fair game to say that God loves me. He does. He loves his own. We want to believe God will accept us. And it is true that he does on one level; however, the problem is we want God to accept us on our terms not His. We want to make the rules of our relationship. We want to say, “God loves everyone so much he would not let anyone go to hell.” Or, “I just can’t give up ______________, God will just have to accept it.”

Well, there are some things God hates. We cannot lie to ourselves and say, “God loves everything.” Not true.

16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19

Unfortunately none of us are without flaw and imperfection. I can pick a few things of the list to claim my own. Can you? Think about it.

God bless.

Stop Sinning!

God has always wanted the same things from people. From Old Testament times to the present, God has not changed. His desire for loving relationships with you and me has not changed. His distaste for sin has not changed either. We have to stop sinning. Here are a few verses from the Old and New Testaments.

Old Testament

Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.
then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.

Hate evil, love good;
maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy
on the remnant of Joseph. Amos 5:14-15

 New Testament

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17

Old Testament

wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,

learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

“Come now, let us reason together,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:16-18

 New Testament

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:26-27

God does not want us to be polluted by the world. When we sin or practice sin, we cannot be in the presence of God. God says, “Wash and make yourselves clean.” Stop sinning.

God bless.

Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!!!

Got Guilt?

Guilt as defined at Wikipedia.org.

In psychology and ordinary language, guilt is an affective state in which one experiences conflict at having done something that one believes one should not have done (or conversely, having not done something one believes one should have done). It gives rise to a feeling that does not go away easily, driven by conscience.

We all do things that make us feel guilty. You might argue you feel no guilt. Some as the wiki article states believe guilt is just a way to control people. Once you convince people something should not be done then the guild associated with doing it keeps people in line. The same argument is made about God. Without all the laws and sins the Bible tells us about, there would be no guilt. And no need for God to remove guilt.

Oh but guilt is not so easy to do away with. We can argue until we are blue in the face and we will still have guilt. Why, because there are things every person believes he must do. People pay lots of money for professional services to help them forget the past.

Our guilt comes from the lies we tell, both others and ourselves. Guilt comes from the broken relationships we wasted our love on. Murder, robbery, cheating, abuse, war, words we cannot take back, lost time with our children, mistakes made in our youth, and the list goes on. I think we try to lie to ourselves to convince us we have no guilt. But then again these are only lies.

Would it be nice to have a way to put guilt behind us?

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Yes it is true, you can take one treatment and be cured of guilt.

God bless. Boot guilt.

Don’t Look at the Light!

It is one of the funniest sceens from A Bugs Life by Pixar. It shows two flies looking at a bug light. I call it a bug zapper. I remember as a kid we had one in our back yard. You could here the bugs frying as they sucumed to the lure of the light.

Anyway, if I remember the movie right, one fly says, “Don’t look at the light!” And the other calls back “But it is so pretty.” Well he ends up getting burnt/zapped.

We can laugh at the movie but the truth hurts. Life presents so many things that lure us. Things making false promises. You have probably been enticed by things like..

  • Get rich today
  • Lose weight overnight
  • Eat this and be happier
  • Take this pill and be Healther
  • Garunteed Return on your investment
  • 100,000 mile warantee
  • No Payments till January

Ads and pomoters give us line after line about their products. Oh, what about the lure of the American dream? Work hard, make money, retire early, play hard.

John writes in 1 John about light and darkness. The lure of the world and the guiding light of Christ. Of the light he writes,

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  1 John 1:5-7

Of the darkenss/world he writes,

 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17

There is no deceit in God. The world is full of it. We can choose for ourselves which light we will turn to. What path to walk. Remember what Jesus said to his followers about light in Luke 11:34-36.

 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”

Make sure your light is good. God bless.

Everything Was Finished

Jesus came to finish what God had been trying to tell us all along. Sometime I really relate to the Apostles, I am very hardheaded.

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:44-49

He explains that what must be fulfilled is, The Christ (Jesus) will suffer and rise from the dead. But that is not it. He adds repentance and forgiveness of sins. That is the good news!

The Hebrew writer points out that Jesus is our perfect high priest and sacrifice.

Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. Hebrews 7:26-28

Believe it and Love it. Our sins really are taken care of. It is finished. Be blessed. I thank God for my new life renewed every day.

Zacchaeus Gets Saved

This passage from Luke is very interesting to me.

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:1-10

I do not want to assume to much but here are my thoughts…

  • Zacchaeus was a sinner. He was also a chief tax collector, cheat, known “sinner”, low down dirty scoundrel. I hope you can relate with Zacchaeus here.  
  • Zacchaeus wanted to know Jesus. He was a seeker. How do I know? He climbed a tree! Here is how I profile Zacchaeus. A wealthy man who could have anything he wanted; however, I think he felt empty. If you live a life of wealth, have anything you want, and still feel empty, you might just be interested in something a religious man, in this case Jesus, has to offer.
  • Seekers find Jesus. God reveals himself to those who look for him. Not only that but he ate with him.
  • Zacchaeus responded to Jesus’ love an acceptance. When Jesus came into Zac’s life he changed. Gave away half of his possessions and repaid his sins 4 times. I suspect that he also spent the rest of his life providing for the Apostles and early Christians. What do you think?
  • Jesus came to save what was lost. That is lost people. You, me, our neighbors. Our parents, children, co-workers, friends, enemies, bosses, cousins, nephews, brothers, sisters, nieces, grandchildren, everyone.

But, not everyone in this story was saved. Others watched and did not respond. Some did not see Jesus as the Savior. How do you see him? Feel like changing?

Scripture from the New International Version, Gospel of Luke 19:1-10