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Stop Lying to Yourself

April 7th, 2013 No comments

stop lying to selfIf we want happy hearts, we have to begin by telling ourselves the truth. Truth and happiness and inextricably linked. Listen to what Jesus said:

“If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”
John 8:31-32, Message

Unfortunately, before the Truth sets us free, it first makes us miserable.

So the choice before us is to live in freedom by embracing the truth or to live in denial. To live in freedom, we must stop lying to ourselves.

Do you remember the story of Jacob? In Genesis 25 we see that Isaac’s wife Rebekah is pregnant with twins. As she is delivering, the first child out of the womb is Esau. As he is delivered, they see something rather strange taking place. The hand of another child is grabbing on to the heel of Esau. We find out shortly that the hand belongs to Esau’s brother Jacob. His name means “supplanter or deceitful.”

And as his life unfolds, we see Jacob living up to the meaning of his name. His entire life is marked by lying and deceit. Finally, he has had enough. He can no longer live under the weight of his deceptive lifestyle. He is desperate for a change.

Jacob decides to return home. He must now face Esau, the brother he swindled. Before they meet, Jacob spent a night wrestling with God. Let’s read about it in Genesis 32:24-28 (Message):

But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint.
26 The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”
Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.”
27 The man said, “What’s your name?”
He answered, “Jacob.”
28 The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.”

Before God could bless Jacob, he had to stop lying to himself. God asks him his name because he wanted Jacob to confess his true character. In effect, Jacob is saying, “I’m a lying, cheating conniver!”

The Bible warns us that,

People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
Proverbs 28:13, NLT

When Jacob stopped lying to himself, God transformed his character and blessed his life. God will do the same for you and me if we’ll just be honest about who we are.