Have there been a time when the Holy Spirit asked you to give up something that no one knew about…like an offering maybe?
The Lord is always after our heart and there are times we tell the Lord we will do this that or the other and never do it. We think no one else will find out. But God sees all.
*For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Usually when we don’t want anyone to find out about our hidden agendas, we tend to lie so others will not find out. There are times we think the Holy Spirit does not know either. But scripture says the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
*Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. [John 16:13]
So, again how do we find it within ourselves to lie?
We read throughout scripture how much the Lord really hate lying tongues. So much that in Revelation 21:8, that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. Which means lying is very offensive to God. This is an act of the flesh.
Some may say, well there’s nothing wrong with a “little” white lie every so often. I am here to tell you, a lie is a lie! The reason why God hates lying so much is because it is one of the characteristics of Satan himself. The Word describes Satan not only as a liar but the father of lies. All lies originates from the devil. When we lie to and against one another we are using the tool of the enemy to deceive. There is no other way in looking at it. Lying manipulates and causes a person to be blinded from the truth. It covers up hidden agendas and hidden motives. God want to deal with all the lies in our heart because the day is coming when it will be too late…even for the Believer! For no one is exempt.
*But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostle’s feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered him, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.” Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look at the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things. Acts 5:1-11 NKJV