Revelation 14:5 No Lies

 

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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.

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3 John 3 Faithfulness

 

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It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 3 John 3

Loyalty and faithfulness are some characteristics that are desired in people, but are rarely seen in the world. Going back forty years ago, it was common to hear of a person staying on one job for twenty years or more. He was faithful and loyal to his employer and the employer was faithful to him.

Today employers hire and remove people rapidly, regardless of how long a person has been there. People change jobs constantly. If a person stays on one job for more than five to six years, it has been a long time. People are no longer faithful to their employer.

People treat faithfulness to God in the same way. They do not always remain faithful to Him. One day a person is serving God, being a witness, turning from sin, and showing His love to others, then the next day, he is refusing to be a witness, living in sin, denying God and cursing others. There is no faithfulness in the person.

Many people have walked away from God, when struggles or trials came. They did not remain faithful as God does.

While many have become unfaithful, there are also many who have remained faithful to God. Their lives are a shining light of Jesus in this dark world. They stand out as foreigners in this world. They refuse to partake in the sin of this world. Seeing believers like this can bring great joy to other believers.

When a person is being faithful to God, it will encourage others to be and remain faithful to God. It is showing the truth that God has revealed in his life.

People are watching you every day. They are trying to find out who you really are. While the majority of the world is unfaithful in every area of life, you must remain faithful. Faithful to God and to other people.

Be willing to show and live out the truth that Jesus has revealed.

It brings me great joy to see another believer who is striving to remain faithful to God. It brings even greater joy when others testify to the faithfulness of another believer.

As you live your life, are you being faithful to God and His word?

Or are you living like the world and changing loyalty all the time?

I pray today that you will be faithful to God; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is to this world; and that the world will know you serve God.

1 John 2:4 Do Your Really Know God?

 

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Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 1 John 2:4

Claiming to know a person is easy to say. It is common to hear about someone who has met someone else one time and they claim to know that person. Or they have read a lot about that person and they claim to know that person. While they may know a little about that person, they really don’t know that person, unless a lot of time is spent with that person in person.

Claims are easy to make, because they are just words. It takes more than just words to know a person.

All over the world there are people who claim to know God. Many will even go to church on a regular basis, carry a bible and be able to quote the bible. As they claim to know God and will talk about Him, they will also live their lives in willful sin and refuse to do what He is asking them to do. Others will claim to know him, will flee sin, yet, will not do what He asks them to do.

John says that if a person does not do what God asks of him, he really does not know God.

God’s love, mercy and goodness is so great that if a person really knows God, he will know His love, mercy and goodness. Knowing those things will cause a person to want to serve Him and obey Him.

Very few people want to hurt someone who really loves them. They want to do good to that person who loves them. God’s love is greater than any love a person can give. Jesus gave His life for each person.

If you, as a believer, claim to know God and really know His love for you, then you will want to obey Him in every area of your life, with every thing He says.

Do not be the one who claims to know God, yet, will not do what He says to do. Be the one who will do whatever God tells you to do. Show God the love for Him that He shows for you by your obedience.

Ask yourself how well you really know God today. Do you know His great, infinite love for you?

Are you showing you really know God by your obedience and love to Him?

I pray today that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know God’s commands to you; that you will do what God commands; and that you will love God as He loves you. 

1 John 1:6 Don’t Be A Liar

Path in the darkness

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. 

2 Peter 2:1 False Teachers

 

Light in the world

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:1

People all over the world teach others different things. Among all of the teachers, there are some who teach while being ignorant of the truth or the facts of what they are teaching. They have just not fully learned what they are teaching and so are incorrectly teaching the subject.

There are others, however, who teach something different or wrong on purpose. They deny what the truth is about the subject and teaching it in an incorrect way.

One area that has people in it that teach falsely is with the truths about God and His word. While there are many who just have not learned the full truth in God’s word and make mistakes, there are many who purposely teach false teachings about God’s word.

Satan and this world do not want believers to succeed and be right. They do not want to hear the truth found in God’s word, because it is convicting. It states that they are sinners and are in the wrong. So they attempt to change what God has said.

These types of teachings have made their way into the church and are being preached from the pulpit. There are some who state that one can get into heaven with or without Jesus. Others state that one can be a believer, get into heaven and still live in purposeful sin, living as a liar, a gossip, an adulterer, being sexually immoral, a drunkard or more.

Believers must be careful to know the word of God correctly and recognize false teachings. Being filled with God’s Holy Spirit and studying the entire word of God will enable a believer to know when there is a false teaching being taught.

Take time to know God’s word in truth. Do not allow yourself to teach something false or be led by someone teaching something false.

The world is seeking to destroy your belief in God and make you fail. Do not allow that to happen.

When you hear a teaching from God’s word, look into it. Study the entire word of God and make sure it lines up with what God really said. Do not be swayed by a false teaching.

I pray today that you will know God’s word fully; that God will open your eyes to see false teachings; that God will guide what you believe; and that God will remove all false teachers from the church. 

1 Peter 2:12 Live A Good Life

 

Accused

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12

When a person is watching the news, it can be seen that people are always accusing others of doing something wrong. Many times it is an accusation that goes back several, to many years. Millions of dollars are spent every year to pay lawyers and courts to prove that someone had done something wrong, or to defend a person that something was not done wrong.

These accusations show up in personal lives, the political realm, the public realm, entertainment industry, churches and more. There is no area of life that is not touched by accusations in this world.

The accusations are that someone has stolen, injured, abused, cheated, lied, hated, harmed or more, someone or something. Some of the people are found guilty, while others are not found guilty of the wrong doing.

There have been believers who have been accused of wrong doing. Some have been proven innocent, while others have been found guilty.

Since there are accusations in the world against other non-believers, there will be accusations against believers. Satan is an accuser and wants to blame someone, right or wrong, of doing wrong.

Peter tells the believers that they should live a good life. One that is so good, that when a person is accused, the world cannot find any proof of doing wrong.

Living a life this way, is living the same way that Jesus lived. They were unable to prove anything wrong in His life, though they tried.

Some believers have done much harm in how they spoke or acted towards the people of this world. They are guilty of treating people wrong.

The one who lives for God and does as Jesus did, will not be proven guilty of wrong doing.  His words and actions will be proven as good.

Take a look at your life and see how you act and speak around those who are not believers. Look at how you act and speak when in private. Will the courts be able to prove you did something wrong against God? Or will they find that you are truly living the way Jesus lived and are living a pure life of love?

Live your life in a way they cannot prove any wrong in it.

I pray today that you will know how Jesus lived; that God will guide you to live as Jesus did; that you will live a pure and holy life before all people; and that your life will be a witness of who Jesus is.