John R. Bowman

Hendersonville, Tennessee

We have all done it. We have taken something someone said, something we’ve heard,
or something we, ourselves, want to believe, and taken it for truth without knowing
the facts. We will even go to extreme of believing our own untruths. During the last
presidential election, we heard a new term from the media to keep the candidates and
what they said honest: fact checkers. The word alone implies that people lie, and people
believe lies. The question is, why?

1. We have a sinful nature: The Garden of Eden

READ GENESIS 3: 1-5
the serpent lied to Eve
he contradicted God’s word
Eve made a choice. She could have believed God or the devil.

WE HAVE THE SAME CHOICE TODAY! WE CAN BELIEVE A LIE OR BELIEVE
GOD.

2. We believe our own lies

a. My own lie: I’M NOT FAT

READ 2ND SAMUEL 11 AND 12

b. David’s lie

David lied to himself when he stayed at home instead of going to battle, as he should
have. He lied to himself, when he saw Bathsheeba from his rooftop. He lied to himself
when he slept with her. He lied to himself when he sent Bathsheeba’s husband, Uriah, to
the front of the battle lines, so he would be killed. He lied when the prophet confronted
him.

When the prophet told the story about the selfish man who stole the sheep, David was so
angry. Nathan said, “Thou art the man!” In all this ugly tragedy the king not only lied to
himself, he lied to God.

FRIENDS, DON’T EVER THINK YOU ARE GETTING AWAY WITH YOUR
LIES. YOU MAY FOOL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND MAYBE EVEN YOUR
ENEMIES. YOU CAN NEVER FOOL GOD!

c. Don’t think that lies won’t cost you

3. Let’s consider Judas Iscariot

a. Matthew 26: 14 talks about how Judas literally bought the life of Jesus for 30
pieces of silver (at the time my commentary was written, about $20). From that
time on, Judas looked for a way to deliver Jesus to the chief priests. As the Last
Supper was taking place, Jesus told the 12 what was going to happen. When Judas
asked, “Is it I?” knowing it was, Jesus said, “Thou hast said.”

b. In Matthew 27, Judas begins to realize what he has done. In desperation he takes
the money back to the priests. They won’t take it. Then he begins to be sorrowful.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE SORROWFUL! YOU MUST REPENT BEFORE
GOD.

Then, Judas goes out, not being able to live with what he did, and hung himself. Jesus
said earlier, that it would have been better that he hadn’t been born than to betray the
Son of God.

4. How do I keep from lying to myself and to others?

Get saved
Study God’s Word
Go to Church
Be honest with yourself and others

JOHN 4:23 AND 24 SAYS, “BUT THE HOUR COMETH, AND NOW IS, WHEN
TRUE WORSHIPPERS SHALL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND IN
TRUTH, FOR THE FATHER SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. (God is looking
for you! He wants commune with you.) GOD IS A SPIRIT: AND THEY THAT
WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.”

5. Jesus is our example: MATT. 4: 1-11

a. Jesus was led to be tempted

THE WAY TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION IS TO CONFRONT IT HEAD-ON!

b. he fasted for 40 days and nights
c. How did Jesus defend himself?

WITH THE WORD OF GOD!!

d. What did the devil do?

HE MADE PROMISES HE COULDN’T KEEP!

Verse 6 says he asked Jesus to commit suicide. Jesus fought with the Word.

In verse 9 he promised to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world and all their glory. Who
owns the earth and all it’s fullness?

In verse 10, Jesus said, “Get the hence, satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the
Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.’”

THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO!! WE COMMAND THE DEVIL TO LEAVE US
USING GOD’S WORD AS OUR WEAPON.

READ EPHESIANS 6: 13-17

In closing, we saw how David’s lies entangled him in a messy web of sin. Judas may
have believed he was doing Jesus a favor. He was doing the devil’s work. In the end he
lost his life by his own hands. Both of these men believed their own lies. It cost them
dearly. You don’t have to suffer the same fate. You can truly repent and turn to the Lord,
who is Truth.

I have been thinking about the children of Israel. They became satisfied with slavery. They had a “life” although it was in servitude. They had land, animals, shelter, food, and to a certain extent, protection. What they didn’t have was freedom. They were in bondage. They were separated from God. Why? Because of their own choosing! Yes! It was their choice! They chose to be in bondage. They valued personal possessions and apathy over their blessing that God had prepared for them. It took God sending a Hebrew prophet among the Egyptians to motivate them into standing up for themselves and into the place where God wanted them to be.

 

  1. The Egyptians recognized how the population of the Israelites was growing. Exodus tells us how they set taskmasters over the Hebrews to “afflict” them. Pharoah was so scared of the Jews and what they might do to his kingdom, that he commanded that all Hebrew boys be cast into the river. BUT, God was in the works. Out of that genocide came the prophet Moses. And it was by Moses, that God set His children free. It just wasn’t that simple though.

 

  1. Pharoah had to be convinced to let the children of Israel go. So, 12 plagues were placed upon him and his people. Finally, after losing his son, the Pharoah let them go. So God gave a cloud of protection by day and fire by night to protect Moses and lead them to the Red Sea. At that very moment they began to complain. God began to give Moses instruction. The Egyptian army was handed a huge defeat as the Red Sea parted for the children and fell in on the Egyptians as they pursued afterwards.

 

  1. One has to wonder, after giving Israel such a great victory, why He would lead them into the wilderness? The only answer that makes sense is that He wanted them to learn to depend on Him. There is nothing in the desert. God worked miracle after miracle to provide for them. Remember, the reason they left Egypt was to go to the Promised Land. Instead of heading North into what is now Israel, they went south deep into the desert. God was teaching them in every way. From the Commandments, the Ark and to the Levitical law, it was all part of God’s plan. All along the way, they wandered in the wilderness just a short distance from the promised land.

 

  1. After the rebellion of Aaron and Miriam, Moses, at God’s command, sent the heads of the tribes to see what the land held and who lived there. 10 gave a bad report and 2 gave a good report. At that moment the children of Israel could have believed God and took the land that was promised to them and crossed over into their destiny. Instead, they murmured against Moses and the Lord, and refused to go into the land out of fear. The sentence from God was hard, but it was just. 40 years of wandering, because they still had not learned to trust Him.


***This all could have been avoided, if the children had chosen to trust God. How many times have we stood on the doorstep of blessing, which is our destiny, and turned around and walked away from it?

EXAMPLE:

David had won victory after victory with the Lord’s help. He rose from being a shepherd boy to the King of Israel, a man after God’s own heart. One day, instead of going to battle and fighting, he decided he would hang out at the house. He let his desires get the best of him. And by his choice, he fell into an ugly cycle of sin, which cost 2 people their lives. He could have walked away from the rooftop and headed out to do what God called him to do, but he didn’t. It altered his destiny and that of his family, as well.

ON THE OTHER HAND:

When God let the devil tempt Job, he could’ve followed his wife’s advice and cursed God. Instead, he decided that regardless of what happened to him or what it cost him, he was going to trust God. In the end He recovered all. That was his destiny.

Esther knowing what her own people, the Jews were facing, decided to go before the king and plead with him. She said, “IF I PERISH, I PERISH.” In the end she saved her people. That was her destiny.

WHAT IF THESE PROPHETS AND PROPHETESS HAD SAID, NO, IT’S NOT WORTH IT? I MUST SAVE MYSELF. I MUST GO MY OWN WAY.

They would have missed out on their destiny with God!

READ ROMANS 8:1-14

Here is a little commentary to go along with the Scripture:

Verse 1: No matter what men say about you, there is no condemnation in knowing Jesus because we walk after the Spirit. His Spirit!
Verse 2: the Spirit of life in Christ (that’s your relationship) frees you from sin and death
Verse 3: he says the law was weak through the flesh. Weak comes from the Greek word astheneo which means impotent. The law was powerless to stop sins of the flesh.
Verse 4: The Spirit man brings righteousness, not the flesh.
Verse 5: People who walk after the flesh “do mind” in the Greek means set their affections on fleshly sins.
Verse 6: carnally and spiritually minded means the same thing as verse 5.
Verse 7: the carnal mind cannot obey the law of God.
Verse 8: you cannot please God with a carnal mind
Verse 9: Paul says we, as Christians, are not in the flesh. We are in the Spirit. If you’re not, you aren’t one of His.
Verse 10: If Christ’s Spirit lives in you, your body is already dead. The Spirit is alive because of righteousness. Not our own righteousness, but Jesus.
Verse 11: quicken in the Greek is zoopoieo which means make alive, give life
Verse 12: we don’t owe the flesh anything!
Verse 13: flesh = death; the Spirit = life
Verse 14: we are the sons of God!

WE CANNOT MISS OUR DESTINY IF WE ARE WALKING BY THE SPIRIT! THE TRIAL MAY BE HARD. IT MAY BE LONG. WE MIGHT THINK, WHEN WILL IT END? BUT HAVE FAITH, CROSS OVER, BE ENCOURAGED, LIVE IN THE SPIRIT. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO YOUR BLESSING.

IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO YOUR DESTINY.

PRAY THIS PRAYER WITH ME: LORD, I KNOW YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR MY LIFE. YOUR PLAN INCLUDES THAT I BE BLESSED. I KNOW, IF I FOLLOW AFTER YOUR SPIRIT, I WILL BE BLESSED. I KNOW, IF I LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE, I WILL NOT MISS MY DESTINY. JESUS, RENEW MY MIND, SO THAT I CRAVE WHAT YOU WANT, AND NOT WHAT I WANT. LORD, HELP ME TO BE OBEDIENT AND TO FOLLOW YOUR LEAD. IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

FOR FURTHER STUDY READ ROMANS 8:15-39

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