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Lying Has Consequences

The story of David’s life is very sad indeed. What he had to go through, in order to spare his own life from the king, was very difficult. Not only did he have to leave his wife and best friend, in order to find a place of safety in a cave, but even the Lord’s priests had to be killed, because of his choices and the king’s jealousy. And not only were these men killed, twenty-five in all, but their wives and children were killed by the sword also. Even all their livestock were killed. There was only one person that was able to survive, named Abiathar, and he went to be with David for safety. This story is real and is recorded in 1 Samuel, chapter 22. The chapter and verses are below. As you read these verses, your heart won’t help but break for the people that were innocently killed. Surely, the priests didn’t even know that David was doing anything wrong, while he was in their company. He said he was doing the king’s business and they believed him. However, with one single lie, a multiple of people suffered because of it. You can learn about that lie in 1 Samuel, chapter 21. Now, what is even more difficult to swallow is that David knew that something bad was going to happen to the priests, the day he was with them and Doeg, the king’s servant, who was there also. 1“David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.” (1 Samuel 22:22) I can just imagine how he must have felt, now that what he realized came to fruition. He must have felt terrible about it as well.

Surely, guilt can really kick in when we’ve lied to people that we care about. Even other people often pay the consequences for these mistakes, which is very sad. For example, let’s say we were called out for something we did wrong at work, and instead of taking the blame, we denied it, in order to keep our job. However, upon doing this, another person looked guilty, even though he was innocent, he got fired. So because you were a respected person, they didn’t interrogate you like they did the other employee. Now, you have to make a choice, either fess up and lose your job, while possibly reinstating the other person’s position, or continue on your lying path. The choice you make here will either lead you to be forgiven by God or not. Now, lying at work is just one example. Lying about a pornography addiction is also terrible. Surely it is better to tell your wife about what is going on sooner than getting caught and possibly even having your kids, friends or even church members catch you in the act as well. We must realize that our lives are an open book to God, therefore, it ought to be with people as well. Lastly, there is a reason why 2“all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire”. (Revelation 21:8) It is because they not repented and gotten right with God. Now, in David’s case, he did repent and is now in good standing with the Lord in heaven. The question is, are you? If not, then don’t delay, but confess your faults one to another, especially God. Then, will you be forgiven and the Lord will have mercy upon your soul. Please think about this!

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will stop playing around with their lives, but get right with You today. Our life is short and it is better to be ready now, then wait another day to repent. For I know that You are always waiting for us to turn to You, that we may experience Your mercy and be forgiven. Only You could lead us on a better path, which leads to heaven. Your ways are higher than our own desires, and I pray that we will start seeking Your hand, not only daily, but all throughout the day. Then, will we stop falling for the temptations of the evil one. Lord, lead us apart from the darkness of this world and into Your light. Give us clean hands and a pure heart. Take ever lie from our hearts, that we may be rid of the guilt, once and for all. And every person that we have hurt, because of it, may we tell those people sorry. Only You can help make right the wrongs in our lives, while also directing our paths on how to do the same with people that we offended. There is room for forgiveness and mercy for our fellow men, and if we have hurt others, may these same people that were offended also forgive us, as You are gracious to forgive also. Help them see that we are sorry and were wrong. Therefore, we came to You for forgiveness and now ask for others to forgive us. Yes, Lord, I pray for healing to occur in my life and other people’s lives that are broken right now. Bring a restoration of peace and joy, once again in all our lives. I believe in You, Lord. I trust in You. All the praise and glory to Your holy Name. I love You. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

11 Samuel 22 (KJV)
1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.
4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.
5 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.
6 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)
7 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;
8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
10 And he enquired of the Lord for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.
13 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?
15 Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.
16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house.
17 And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the Lord: because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the Lord.
18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.
19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.
21 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the Lord’s priests.
22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.
23 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.

1Revelation 21 (KJV)
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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