Do What It Says

Matthew 7:5  “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

   Yikes!  I need to take a little time out from reasoning for God’s truth.  Just in case any one reading this blog thinks I have achieved perfection in the area of truth and obedience, I need to set the record straight.   I started this blog wanting to share what God has given me, but I hadn’t really considered how He might use this venture to change me.  I guess if I am going to write about how I believe in God’s truth and obedience to it, I better be living in His truth.  Since I started this blog, the Holy Spirit has been convicting me and revealing areas where truth is not reigning in my life—the “little white lies” I justify by not wanting to hurt people’s feelings, or the lies by omission like when I wait to bring in the shopping bag at a time that avoids my husband’s scrutiny, or when I don’t tell him something the kids have done because I know it will displease him.  I might try to minimize the severity of these lies, but Proverbs 12:22 says, “The LORD detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.”  The verse doesn’t say there are some lies He detests less.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:37,  “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’, ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”  Do I really believe this? 

  It’s one thing if someone says they don’t believe in truth and not live it, but what kind of witness am I if I profess belief in God’s truth but don’t live truthfully.  It amazes me how easily at times I can ignore the Holy Spirit’s convicting.  “Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  (James 4:17)  God will continue bringing my sin to light until I am obedient.  He can still use an imperfect me, though if I do what I know to be wrong, the flow of His life through me will be restricted like a clogged artery restricts the flow of  blood.  I believe He has given me a strong gift of faith in His Word, but I still have to choose to obey.  “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”  (James 1:22)

Where would God say you are not being truthful or look like a hypocrite?

How are you deceiving yourself by not doing what God’s Word says?

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