Paint a spiritual picture.

4 Oct

My friend was telling me a story yesterday and it was one of those REALLY frustrating ones where a person who TOTALLY doesn’t deserve something is somehow being awarded a prize and it seems so wrong and unfair.

In the moment, undoubtedly because of the Holy Spirit, I was able to paint a spiritual picture for her.  To the world, it seems so unfair that this particular person is gaining so much success, but in reality… the life that is coming with this success is honestly extremely dangerous for this person’s eternal salvation.  The more success and achievements they reach in this certain area, the farther they walk from the Lord, pick up more bad habits, and indulge in the sinful nature of the flesh.

Have you ever thought about situations strictly in light of an eternal perspective before?  It isn’t easy to do because it goes against our flesh and our reality in this world, but it is really crucial for us to actually reach a place where we feel compassion for the lost and learn to love our enemies.

When we see the distance their actions take them from the Lord, the entanglement they are bound by sin, and the blinders that keep them from seeing or accepting the light of Christ, we can honestly start to care less about what gain or success it appears they have in the world, and have a sympathetic understanding for the bigger picture that eternity is at stake, not worldly fame and riches.

I want to take one area that causes us so much disgust for people and help unfold the spiritual aspect of what is really happening.

Everyone has told a lie.  Everyone knows someone they label “a liar.”  No one likes to be lied to.  And no one likes not being believed (even when they are telling a lie.)

I’m willing to bet that each person reading this post knows someone in their past, present (or even future) who seems to have a habitual lying habit.

Lies come out of mouths in a number of different ways.

1.) An exaggeration to a story.

2.) An added sentence or plot to make a story more interesting.

3.) An added twist so a story doesn’t sound so bad (like including an excuse for certain behavior)

4.) A cover-up to keep from getting caught.

5.) A cover-up to hide a secret for someone else.

6.) A made-up story entirely.

I don’t necessarily think this is the end of the list, but I think I pointed out the main ones.

Some of you might be burning with guilt right now.  Some of you started drifting off and may not even be reading now because you’re thinking about a specific time that you told a lie or that you were lied to.  And some of you are looking at an image in your mind of a person you think is a habitual liar and they disgust you.

In order to get to a place where we can have any compassion for this disgusting behavior, we have to look at what is going on spiritually.

Lets look at what scripture has to say in John 8:44

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Wow! That is really heavy and a brutal description of Satan and lying.  And SO necessary for us to understand.  First and foremost, when Satan talks to us, he speaks in lies.  He makes bad things sound good.  He makes accusations against us and against others in our lives.  He twists truth.  He embellishes ideas.  He takes things completely out of context.

And the bottom line is, he teaches us by his twisted whispers how to be just like him by example.

When we lie, we’re speaking the language of the devil.  We’re acting in total bondage spiritually and actually carrying out Satan’s desires.

The person who is lying is trapped in sin.  And chances are they feel entrapped in quick sand and they really don’t want to be, and would gladly take a hand out, if they had any idea how to ask for help, admit their evil ways, or were offered a hand of mercy.  Lying brings total suffocation to someone by slowly squeezing the life out of them.  Many times, they only intend to tell one lie.  But when the one lie risks being exposed, they have to tell another and another and pretty soon, they can’t remember what they’ve said, who they’ve said it to, and possibly even what is true from what is a lie.

It is not a walk in the park for a liar, though it may seem self-inflicted behavior.  And while it seems justified to detest the liar and the twisted stories, in reality we ought to consider hating the lying tongue encouraged by Satan and the tempter himself and feel compassion for the sinner.

Lets look at a list of reasons why people lie, and hopefully this will help us with compassion as well.

1.) They are afraid.

2.) They have anxiety about the truth.

3. They are desperate for attention.

4.) They are deceived that what they are saying is or could be true.

5.) They make up stories to cover up something else.

6.) They are desperate for affirmation or acceptance.

7.) They are trying to keep sin hidden.

8.) They don’t want to disappoint someone else with the truth.

9.) They are stuck in a habitual sin that is actually addictive in nature and may or may not realize it.

10.) They long for fantasy to actually be reality because it is better than what they have.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list. But a good start to help see why someone might be speaking sheer untruth.

Please don’t misunderstand that I am saying this behavior should be accepted, excused, or allowed.  Definitely not.

Lets look at some practical applications with this area.

~ If you are a person who is trapped by lies of the past or a current habitual lying problem, confess it aloud! It will be PAINFULLY hard, scary and probably come with a flood of tears, but the quicker you expose the darkness, the faster Satan has to flee from you and you can change, get help, find freedom, and walk away in victory.

~ If you’ve been lied to.  Sit down and look at the person and the spiritual battle and warfare going on in their sole for them to speak the Devil’s native tongue.  It isn’t a walk in the park to tell lies.  Pray for God to give you compassion and love.  And earnestly seek to understand and forgive.

~ If you have a loved one or friend with a habitual lying problem.  Pray over sharing some of this truth with them IN LOVE. IN PRIVATE, and WITH TOTAL ACCEPTANCE so you can help them find freedom from the bondage of lying.  Most likely they are suffocating and will struggle to ever breath again without the help of someone else telling them they love them anyway and they can find freedom.

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2 Responses to “Paint a spiritual picture.”

  1. Stephanie October 5, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I never got a chance to read through this entirely yesterday… but now I have and I’m screaming (on the inside). I think you might’ve convinced me… I might have a phone call to make…

    • kaylagulick October 5, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      I’m so excited about that. If anything good can come from a life of painful consequences, then I can find joy still from the rubble.

      Let me know how it goes. And I’m praying for you!! Love you lady!

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