The Nature of Lies

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Lies can vary in their presentation. Some are outright, in plain sight– bold-faced lies. Whereas, others are not so readily apparent or easily detected. This latter description reminds me of caramel apples. They certainly look delicious! Sweet and chewy on the outside with lots of mouthwatering, caramel goodness to satisfy the sweet-tooth. However, the surprise comes when we reach the apple at its center. More often than not, I have found myself busily savoring the decadence of the caramel’s sweetness only to be shocked when I bite into a very tart, sour apple. And the worst is when I have reached the apple–only to find it is rotten!
That is the nature of a lie. It is designed to feed an individual what they want to hear, thus, satisfying that craving, while masking the bitter truth that is under layers of “sweetness”.
When we look at the nature of a lie, we learn that at the core of its nature and purpose, it’s designed to deceive us. Its nature is derived from its creator, who is none other than Satan the devil.
John 8:44 ” “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Isn’t a lie like that?
It’s all good until we find out what was hiding underneath all that gooey sweetness. Some lies are packaged to look so good to the one who they’re being served to! Lies are built for deception. When someone is serving you a platter of lies, you don’t have to accept them. If you ask Him, God will give you the discernment to recognize the lies so you will not be taken in by them. When a lie is being served, we must recognize who it truly comes from–the devil!  Although it may hurt or be disappointing to know the sour, rotten truth, it’s better to know the truth than to be deceived.
These days, before I eat a caramel apple, I use a knife to slice right through to the core–to the truth! Let’s pray and ask God to help us rightly divide the situations and people in our lives with His Word–our sword of truth so that we can correctly recognize the truth of every matter. The Greek word translated rightly dividing is “orthotomeo” and is found in 2Timothy 2:15:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
May the God of truth give us wisdom to correctly study situations and rightly divide them to know the truth so that we are not deceived. In Jesus’ name , amen.
Cassandra Salamone ©2013

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