I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:
Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you. It is yours. I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there. Speak to me during these moments. I commit them and myself to you.”
II. Prayer of Confession:
“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you. I confess my sin(s) of ______________. Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)
III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________. Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”
IV. Scripture Reflection
Read: Proverbs Chapter 14
5 An honest witness does not lie;
a false witness breathes lies.
In courthouses all across the U.S., witnesses raise their right hands and make this oath: “I solemnly swear that I will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” To lie is the complete opposite of the oath; it’s “intended deception!”
When it comes to our court systems, lying is taken very seriously. Yet, in the streets where the prevailing culture is lived out, it’s amazing how often lying is thought to be a regular/healthy aspect of relationships. We see lying portrayed as a virtue in movies and television shows; it’s portrayed as a necessary ingredient to people thriving. Often lying is seen as something that’s done for the good of others. Our culture calls this form of lying “little white lies;” they’re told with a wink and a smile!
If we’re honest, we all would admit that we’ve told these kinds of lies, too. Sometimes it’s done to self-protect while other times it’s done to make ourselves look better. Either way, it doesn’t make it right. Culture may look favorably on lying, but anyway you cut it, it’s a sin and it offends God.
Paul makes it clear that we are not to lie to each other. And the reason we’re not to lie is because we’ve taken off the old self with its practices and put on the new self (Colossians 3:9). Part of the sanctification process—becoming more like Christ—means that we should emulate God’s character more and more. Now we know that God never lies! (Titus 1:2) If we’re going to be more like Him, then we need to learn how to stop lying. Remember, He is the source of all truth.
Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life! He expects us to follow Him and be people of truth.
As you’ve read this devotion, you may have felt a bit of a sting in your conscience because you’ve been guilty of lying, even those little white lies to self-protect or puff yourself up. Determine today to stop! Decide to do the things that will shape you more and more into the image of Christ.
V. Prayer for others:
Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others.
VI. Prayer of commitment:
“Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself. Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.” (Luke 10:27)
This Week’s Scripture Memory:
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.