21 Day Challenge – Day 13

“Many people think that lying is not really bad. Everyone needs to cover up a mistake once in a while. But there are three really bad things about lying. First, it hurts our character for we know the truth in our hearts. A lie weakens our moral resolve. Second, it hurts others because it violates their trust in us. They may also live wrongly when we mislead them. Third, lying offends God because He is truth. How can we say the Spirit of truth lives within us if we refuse to acknowledge lying as a sin?

What’s the result of lying? “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Rev. 21:8, NLT). We lie because we are sinners, and sinners go to hell. But Jesus took our punishment on the cross! He died for every sin, including every lie. Those who have come to Jesus for the forgiveness of sins know “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7, NKJV).

When you pray, “Forgive us our debts ”“each day, you remember Christ’s sacrifice that saved you from the wages of sin. But you also ask the Father to forgive the white lies, greed, lust, gossip and other sins that disrupt your relationship with Him and others. His forgiveness tears down the barriers sin puts up and sets your feet on praying ground.

Don’t rationalize your sins or blame others.

Excerpt From: Elmer L. Towns. “Fasting with the Lord’s Prayer.”

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:10-28

Memory Verse: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NKJV).