LYING

 

DEFINITION:   A lie is a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth. It is also called bearing false witness in the Bible.

FACTS ABOUT LYING:

Satan is the father of lies.  This means all lies are instigated by satanic or demonic influences (John 8:44).

Lying is sin. Leviticus 19:11 declares:  “Do not lie. Do not deceive one another” (Leviticus 19:11).

Lying is one of the main sins God hates.  See Proverbs 6:16-19.

Lying begins in your heart.  “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19).

Lying can become compulsive.  Lying can become a deeply ingrained habit and you can eventually become what is known as a “pathological liar”–you lie about everything.

DEALING WITH  LYING:

Ask God to forgive you.  Lying is sin, and as with all sins, forgiveness from God must be sought.

Ask forgiveness of others.  Seek forgiveness from the ones you lied to or about.  If you lied about finances or your lie resulted in any type of losses for someone, make restitution.

Bind the spirit of lying.  In the name of Jesus, bind the demonic spirit of lying from operating in your life.  Loose the Spirit of Truth to operate.

 

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT LYING:

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.  (Exodus 20:16)

Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. (Leviticus 19:11)

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (Deuteronomy 5:20)

You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors. (Psalm 5:6)

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. (Psalm 34:12-13)

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. (Psalm 52:3)

No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.  (Psalm 101:7)

I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law. (Psalm 119:163)

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,  a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. (Proverbs 11:3)

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. (Proverbs 12:19)

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (Proverbs 12:22)

The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace. (Proverbs 13:5)

He whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. (Proverbs 17:20)

Better to be poor than a liar. (Proverbs 19:22)

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. (Proverbs 24:26)

Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. (Psalm 119:29)

Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.  (Proverbs 25:18)

Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” (Proverbs 26:18-19)

A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

Keep falsehood and lies far from me. (Proverbs 30:7-8)

O Lord, do not your eyes look for truth? (Jeremiah 5:3)

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. (Jeremiah 9:5)

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:37)

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. (Matthew 15:19)

“You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'”  (Luke 18:20)

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10)

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. (Ephesians 4:25)

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:9-10)

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