Ezekiel 18:23, 32 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
Has someone ever told a lie about you?
Saying you did a thing? Said a thing? Went somewhere; when in fact, none of it was true?
To be guilty is one thing, but to be accused of something falsely is totally another.
While I read Ezekiel this morning, I thought on all the times I have preached and wondered, “Have I ever lied about You God?” It was quite a sobering thought.
But I also think on the times when I hear people say things about God that just aren’t true.
“He’s a vengeful God”
“God hates me.”
“God will never forgive me”
“How could God love me after what I’ve done!”
This is not an exhaustive list, but I think you get the idea.
It was when I was challenged to study about forgiveness that I realized that what I thought about God wasn’t biblical or true. I projected God to be conditional in His forgiveness of me. When I did right, He was pleased with me. When I sinned, He didn’t want to have anything to do with me. Foolish thinking – right?
We often think and believe God to be far more human and in possession of human qualities than what is biblical and what is right.
God is love. I do not think many would disagree. But often, our experience of love in our relationships puts God in a postion to be conditional in His love… just like us.
The Word of God uses the greek word ‘agape’ or unconditional to describe His love for us. It means that whether good or bad – I am loved. God’s love does not diminish with my failures nor increases when I please Him.
We love those who love us. We struggle to love those who don’t meet our expectation or worse, do not return our love.
God goes to such an extreme by telling us to love our enemies!
For many, it seems insurmountable; impossible.
But when I realize that I can when I allow God to love them through me, it is possible.
Take something you may know about God and put it to the biblical test.
Ask yourself, “Is what I believe about my God in the Bible?” Unless you have evidence to back it up, you may have to change what you believe.
But you may say, “My church believes…” “My pastor said…”
Dear reader, I wish to cast no ill on any church or church leadership, but; if what they say does not line up with the Word of God – they are wrong.
In our church, it is encouraged that every person bring their bible to church. As the Word of God is preached to us, we check it against the Holy Spirit in us for it is His job to bear witness to the truth.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
In churches that have the Spirit of God present, you will hear “Amen” to things said from the pulpit. When the Spirit of God that is in me hears truth, I cannot help but testify that it is true and an “Amen” comes out!
But also, early in the morning as I read with God, I “Amen” what I read as well.
Lies are slippery things.
Charles Spurgeon popularized a staement by Jonathan Swift said:
“If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old Proverb, ‘A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”
Child of God, utilize the tools our Heavenly Father has given us. Use your Bible. Study Your bible. Meditate on its truths. Check out statements to see if they are true. None of us are perfect – Only God can claim that title.
But when we are in search of truth – God says we WILL find it!
Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”