Speak With Integrity
“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles feet. But Peter said Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” (Acts 5 v 1-4)
Some people are so used to lying, that they have began to believe their own lies. It is important to tell the truth. Many people in societies today, have become absorbed and are revelling in an ocean of lies and vanity. Sin does not pay. What are the lies you are living by? They will destroy you if you do not discard them today and begin walking in the truth. There are several lies many individuals commonly believe. Infact many have patterned their lives after such falsehood;
1. Some people think that if you are smart enough, a lie can be covered up for life. Where God is concerned, there is nothing hidden that shall not come to light. By telling another lie to cover over the first lie, only makes your position worse.
2. A few politicians think they are smart when they rig and get involved in all manner of election malpractices in order to be declared the winner. Similarly, business owners and their employees bend the rules on providing high standards of customer service to consumers, leading only to fraud and deception. Such people are not to be envied, but pitied because their evil will eventually catch up with them.
3. Another lie is to think that the end justifies the means. If you pursue lying to achieve your ends, you will building your life on sandy soil. Your life will not have a firm foundation on which to stand, and will surely crumble sooner or later.
4. Popular opinion suggests that If you do not become financially wealthy, you have failed in life. This is not always the case. You can also be wealthy and/or materially successful, and yet be a failure.
The Sin Ananias and Sapphira committed was not stinginess or holding back part of the money – they could freely choose whether or not to sell the land, and how much to give. Their sin was lying to God and God’s people – saying they gave the whole amount and yet held back some for themselves, trying to make themselves appear more generous than they really were.
This act was judged harshly because dishonesty and covetousness are destructive. All lying is wrong and has severe consequences. But when Believers lie to try to deceive, we destroy our testimony for Jesus Christ.
When a liar begins to lie to himself, he/she has reached a point of no return. Ask God for forgiveness and for His grace to be truthful to Him and to yourself!