He answered, “must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?” Numbers 23:12
Freedom of speech is something that America treasures. People want to be able to say what they, when they want and how they want to say. This is always seen as personally they want that freedom as an individual alone, not always with everyone else.
Many do not care what another person is saying, as long as it does not offend them personally. As soon as it offends them directly, they no longer want another person to have that freedom to speak.
Balak had called Balaam to put a curse upon the Israelite people. Although Balaam had personal freedom to say whatever he wanted, he stated he could only speak what God says. At the first speaking, Balaam blesses the Israelites. Balak gets, mad, but Balaam reminds him that he could only speak what God has told him to say.
Today many believers are asked to talk, but they are told to say what the people want to hear. The world only wants to hear good news, but not always the full truth of what God is saying. There is bad news to be told, that the world is dying in their sins. The good news is that God loves them and is providing a way out of those sins and death.
As soon as the world hears the bad news, they get offended and angry with the believer. The believer is talking ‘hate’ in the eyes of the world, even though there is love being said.
When this is said against many believers, they change their words to what the world wants to hear. They no longer speak against sinful acts. They refuse to show the real need for a Savior.
Every believer needs to speak only what God is saying. They need to speak it with love, but also with truth. Balak did not want to hear the words Balaam was saying, but it was the truth.
There will be many times you will be allowed to speak to a non-believer. Your words need to be filled not only with God’s love, but with His truth and words also. As with Balaam, do not allow yourself to say anything more or less than what God is saying. Speak only God’s words to this dying world.
Whose words are you speaking, yours, the world’s or God’s words?
I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will not allow fear of this world to keep you from speaking God’s word; that you will only speak what God says; and that God will give you strength to follow Him and not fear the world.
Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:16
Slander is any information that is false or harmful to another person about their character, words or actions. In a simple way of putting it, slander is lying about someone else or using information harmfully against someone.
In this world slander has become a common place thing. Everywhere a person looks, he will see slander. It occurs from the person at the bottom, all the way to the top leaders of the nation.
In the workplace or in the political realm, people slander others in order to get to the top position. Many believe that if they can show the dirt on another person, he will look better.
These types of actions and words do not only happen in the world, but they also occur inside the church. People are very quick to talk badly about a person’s personal struggles with sin, rather than build the person up and encourage the person to grow more in the Lord. Pastor’s are often slandered behind closed doors on how bad the sermon was or because he did not come and visit someone.
God had told the Israelites to not spread any slander among the people or even do anything that endangers anyone’s life. Slander only brings harm to a person. It never lifts one up. A little slander can destroy a person for life, because many believe the false words and hold it against the person. Positions are removed, trust in the person is lost because someone spread a false word.
People accept the slander as truth because they do not want to take the time to verify the real truth of the situation. They believe others, rather than seek out the truth.
As a believer you must be careful in the words that you speak. God will take every idle word you speak into account. Do not slander any person, regardless of how good or how bad they are. Never speak a lie.
If you hear slander being spoken, you must put a stop to it. Do not partake in the harming of another person.
Jesus never slandered anyone, but built them up. God wants people built up to be like Jesus. They need to be encouraged, rather than cut down and destroyed.
Take time to build others up today.
I pray today that God will reveal all slander you hear; that you will build people up in Jesus; that God will strengthen you to stop all slander you hear; and that God will guide you in knowing the truth.
“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1
Watching the news closely through different sources can cause a person to ask what is the truth. Each newscast presents a different report on what had happened in a situation.
One of the things that is currently being talked about is false or fake news. Reports are being spread around that are not telling the truth. Yet, as they are being spread, more and more people believe the reports and keep on spreading the false reports.
In today’s internet and computer age, this is something that is easily done. Words are taken out of context to say what the person really did not say. Pictures are altered to make it look like something happened, that did not happen. False reports.
This also happens in the local areas, including the church. People see a person doing something, and instead of verifying what happened, they spread a rumor about the person that is out of context. False reports will always tear down another person, rather than build him up.
False reports can damage a person for life. It does not show love, but hatred for a person. This can be public damage or inside personal damage. People will fail to trust, when they hear false reports being spread.
God does not want false reports spread. God is all about telling the truth all the time, every time. God wants His love and truth to be spread. Believers should be the first to stop any false report. When something is heard, a person should check the validity of the statement, before passing it on.
The command God gave the Israelites has not changed since the day He gave it. God is a God of truth, not lies or false reports. God will never hand out a false report to anyone.
As a believer, you need to pattern your life after God. Fill yourself with His love and truth for every person, including your enemies.
Jesus went around building others up towards God, not crushing them down under lies, as Satan and this world does. Jesus said that He is the truth. Live your life as Jesus lived His. Speak and live the truth at all times. Be careful to not spread on a false report about any one or any thing. Speak in truth and love.
I pray today that you will know the truth of God; that God will reveal lies brought to you; that God will give you the strength to stand upon the truth; and that you will always speak God’s truth in every situation in life.
No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Revelation 14:5
Speaking the truth all the time is something that most people struggle with. There are some people who tell lies all the time, but all people tell lies some of the time.
Often people look at telling lies as something major was said that is not the truth. Unless it is a major lie, it is not really a lie. However, not telling the full truth is telling a lie.
In this passage, the people being looked at are the 144,000 who were set a part and saved during a time of tribulation. One of their characteristics that is pointed out is that they were to found to have not lied and were considered blameless.
While the majority of people may state that they are not liars, most do tell lies. It is often found in ‘little’ lies that people tell. When asked how a person looks, many will not state the truth and tell a lie. When asked how a person is doing, many will state that they are doing good, while they are suffering and feeling rejected by God. They put on a false front, making it look like they are doing great, yet are really hurting.
Some people will try to state that they make statements to protect someone else. Telling a lie, no matter what it is for, will always hurt someone else in the long run. Lies are never the truth and are always against God.
People often get angry at others who are found in telling a lie, yet, many will still tell lies themselves. Believers should never be found in telling a lie. Jesus was never found telling a lie. He always spoke the truth, sometimes it hurt, but it was still the truth.
Focus your life upon Jesus and allow His truth to fill you. Allow His words to fill your life to where you no longer fear telling the whole truth all the time. James said that the one who can control his tongue is perfect and can control the whole body.
One of the largest areas in control of your life is with your mouth and telling lies.
Think about the words that you speak each day. How much truth is being said, and how many times are things not spoken that are true?
Will you be found blameless?
I pray today that God’s truth will be in your life; that you will speak the words God would say; that you will be found blameless before God and men of telling lies; that no one can find fault in the words you say; and that your words will be a witness of Jesus to this world.
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:6
Very few people like to be considered a liar. They want to be known as for telling the truth. Yet, there are many who will tell lies on a regular basis.
Lies usually start out with not telling the truth is little situations in life. They ‘bend’ the truth to be able to get away with something, or even to ‘protect’ someone. As they tell these lies, the lies get easier to tell.
One area that many people lie in is who they really are. It is common for a person to portray himself as someone who he really is not. Some will claim to be wealthy with money, but don’t have any. Others claim to be very important, while not really being anyone at all.
There is a lie that is found in the church very often. People claim to be a believer and have fellowship with God, yet, live in darkness. They purposefully live in some type of sin. These sins can be things that are not seen as really bad, such as jealousy, gossip, anger, or other ‘small’ sinful actions. While others live in immoral relationships, outright lying, cheating, violence or more.
John says that any person who claims to be a believer, yet lives in darkness, or sin, is a liar. There is no real truth in the person. He is not being who he says he is.
A person cannot have a relationship with Jesus and still live in outright sin. Jesus has purified the believer of sin and made him a new person. He must be changed and turn away from all sin. He must walk as Jesus walked.
You need to examine your own life and determine how you are living out your life. If you claim to be in fellowship with God, does your life reflect that belief?
As a believer, you must be actively turning away from sin. Striving to live a holy and pure life that God has called you to live. Do not live as the world does, in sin and darkness. Step into the light of Jesus and walk His path.
Live out the truth that has been revealed to you. Do not lie and walk in the darkness that this world offers. Be who you claim to be.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have fellowship with God; that you will turn away from all sin; that God will make you a new person in Jesus; and that you will always live in the truth of God’s word.
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerades as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14
Paul talked about some people being in the church acting like they were apostles of Christ, yet they were only acting like that. They were teaching false teachings and deceiving the people, all while claiming that they were doing it for Jesus.
Since that time, there are still people who claim to be a believer, yet, are just false apostles and workers. They appear to be good believers because they do know a bunch of scriptures from the bible. They can quote the bible and tell a person why they are a Christian.
Yet, while they claim all of this, they are teaching false teachings. There are many people in the world who rightfully claim that God loves them, which is true. Then they teach because God loves them, they can do whatever they want, regardless of whether it is a sin or not.
There are ministers of the gospel message, who lead churches, that will state it is acceptable to live as a homosexual or lesbian and still be a believer in Jesus. Others will state that is acceptable to gossip, as long as you pray for the person afterwards. Many will state it is acceptable to break a law of the land that has nothing against God’s word. All of these, and many more, are openly saying that it is acceptable to sin against God with no remorse.
This comes as no surprise, because Satan, himself, acts like he is a messenger of God. These are false prophets and preachers, who deceive people into living the way of the world and not like Jesus.
As a believer, you must work to ensure that your life lines up with the life of Jesus and the word of God. Along with that you do not want to allow yourself to be deceived into following false teachings.
The best way to ensure these things is to stay in the center of God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be led down the wrong path. The world is seeking to lead you away from God, even while inside some church.
Know the truth and live by the truth.
I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will not be deceived by false teachings; and that you will be a true messenger of God’s light–Jesus.