“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have right standing with God their savior.”

Psalm 24:5, NLT

A husband comes home from work and sits down for dinner. His wife comes into the kitchen and slaps him on the back of the head. He turns around with a bewildered look and asks, “What was that for?” She snarles, holding up a piece of paper. “I found this in your pocket! Who is ‘Mary Lou?'” The husband chuckles and says, “Honey, that is the name of the horse I bet on at the track the other day.”

      Three days later: same scenario. He comes in, sits down and a few minutes later, she walks by slaps him twice as hard, making him see a few stars. Again, he asks, “What in the world was that for?” Her simple reply: “Your horse just called!”

      Lying has become the norm in everyday interaction with others, according to a survey cited in Psychology Today (Sept/Oct 1996):

Adults lie in one-fifth of their social conversations
Students lie in one-third of their conversations
Lying is more common in phone calls than face-to-face

      A mother caught her little boy fibbing. She confronted him and probed, “I thought you told me you had a lesson in church about honesty. What does the Bible say about lying?” Her 7 year-old son got the Scriptures a little scrambled. He replied, “A lie is an abomination unto the Lord, and a very present help in time of trouble.”

      We have all lied, been lied to and have been lied about. All lying is destructive. The most damaging lies are the lies we tell ourselves. Can you relate to any of these?

I have to be perfect.                            Salvation must be earned.
I need everyone’s approval.                Life is supposed to be fair.
My past will determine my future.        I’ll never amount to anything.

QEUSTION: What lies have you believed? As you read the Bible, what can you find out about yourself that contradicts the lies we sometimes believe? How can you renew your mind to God’s truth?