HONEST TO GOD?

 

Collage 2016-01-02 07_40_59(1)The Essence of God:

To know God is to know the essence of His character. By spiritual discernment, we recognize God’s voice. If you lack discernment pray and ask God to grant you spiritual discernment. Seek Him and get to know Him. Get close and personal with Him. He desires for you to have fellowship with Him daily.

We place our trust in God because we know that He is the Source of all things. He causes us to prosper and to succeed. God can place us in jobs that we don’t even qualify for. Not by lying, but by trusting in Him. Discipline yourself to go to God first. It only takes is a prayer, faith the size of a mustard seed, and of course patience. Leaving God out only leaves us digging empty wells trying to satisfy ourselves. Don’t waste any more time; invite Jesus to come into your life.

What the Bible says about liars:

  • A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish; (Prov. 19:9).
  • But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur; (Rev. 21:8a).
  • You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor; (Ex. 20:16).
  • If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:8-10
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord; (Rom. 6:23).

Scriptures that pertain to deception

  • No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence; (Ps. 101:7 NIV).
  • Lay aside all malice, all guile, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking; (1 Peter 2:1).
  • A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies; (Prov. 14:5 NIV).
  • Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient; (Eph. 5:6).
  • Lie not to one another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (Col. 3:9).

Screenshot_2016-01-05-02-35-25(1)THE LITTLE FOXES

According to the Song of Solomon, its the little foxes spoil the whole vine; (2:15). The little foxes are described as little sins that we commit. Below is a brief testimony of an incident where I innocently told a lie, but when the same scenario happened again, I became aware of the little foxes that were trying to spoil my next blessing.

Can God Trust You?

Over time, I’ve learned to go to God first in prayer about everything. Well, a week before Christmas I prayed and asked God for a new pair of tennis shoes, confessing my need for them. On Christmas day, I unexpectedly received some money inside a Christmas card, and with excitement, I started thinking of things that I wanted to buy. I didn’t think about the shoes at that moment. But as I was pondering my thoughts, I remembered my prayer, and I realized that the money was an answer to my prayer. I then began to question my motives. Do I stretch the money to buy other things, or should I honor my request to God and purchase the shoes?

I made the chose to honor God by keeping my word. To do anything other than that would have been deceptive. How can I say I love God, and not respect Him enough to keep my word? I love Him and I care about His feelings. I have a loving relationship with my Father, “How can He trust me if I don’t keep my word?”

Well, this very same thing happened to me before, except I made the wrong decision. I didn’t do the thing that I had prayed about.  I failed the “Can I be trusted test.” 

But this time I passed the “Test!”  I realized that the test was for me, not for Him. It wasn’t a surprise to God. He already knows my heart. I had to look within my heart and see what was more important to me. If I can’t be trusted with little things, how can I expect God to trust me with big things?

Often we think that God does not mind being put to the side, but He does! He doesn’t want to be in second place to anything or anyone. With God, it’s first place or no place. We must reevaluate our priorities. Ask yourself “Am I faithful to God?”  If so, “What kind of fruit are you producing? If dishonesty is the seed that you’re sowing, you should not be surprised at the lack of spiritual fruit being produced in your life. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine!

HONEST TO GOD!

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