Dishonesty

The old, unregenerate self, originating in Adam (see notes on Rom. 5:12-14; 6:6; Eph. 4:22).

“Seeing” means “since.” The “old man”, is all that a person was prior to salvation: his worldly thinking and sinful acts. Since all this was renounced at conversion, one should “lie not.” Falsehood ill becomes the person claiming to be a disciple of Him who said, “I am the … truth.”

We can see from the following Scripture, where lies come from.

John 8:44 “Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Look with me at the seriousness of lying in the next verse.

Revelation 22:15 “For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

Hope for the Hopeless

He has caused to be born again to a living hope. (1 Peter 1:3)

We live in a world where many foundations are crumbling. Many institutions are fading. People that we admired and respected are being exposed as predators and frauds. Natural disasters have become more devastating. And in our lives, trouble abounds. Hope is based on the expectation that things can get better. But in our world, it seems like things just keep getting worse. Even for Christians, it is easy to fall into despair.

Despair is nothing new, and neither is the remedy. In today’s passage, Peter argues that because of Christ’s resurrection we are able to be born anew and therefore are not bound to a false hope. Instead, we are bound to a living hope! Despite our trials now, we can rejoice in the inheritance we have been promised. But how can we trust this hope? The apostle Paul challenged some among the church at Corinth who denied the resurrection. If, Paul argues, Christ has not risen from the dead, then Christians are to be pitied above everyone and we have no true basis for our hope (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). But, he affirms, the resurrection is true!

In the darkness of despair, the Bible has a message for the world: there is hope, and that hope is the person of Jesus Christ. No matter what challenges come our way, we can rest assured that there is a reason for the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15). As you pray, hold onto the hope of Jesus and ask God to make you a vessel of his hope for others.

Learning To Live In Contentment

To live in inner contentment, the entire focus of your life must be the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I’ve had short periods in my life when a particular problem or situation would cause me nights of tossing and turning, hour after hour, unable to sleep. I’ve discovered the best thing I can do when I can’t seem to let go of thinking about a particular problem, conversation, or betrayal, is to get out of bed, get down on my knees, and cry out to God: “Please help me through this. Help me focus on You alone.”

Sleep comes when my focus is on the Lord and on how He’d have me think or respond in my emotions to a particular situation. Sleep is elusive when I allow my focus to shift to what others have said, all the things that might happen, or the difficulty of a challenge that lies ahead. The choice is quite simple—think about the Lord and His abundant provision, protection, and love, or think about all the people and circumstances trying to rob you of provision, destroy your life, or heap hatred upon you.

Thinking about the Lord brings a person peace. Thinking about anything else is usually a shortcut to anxiety, fear, or worry. 

When you focus on the Lord, it’s important that you see Him as being in your situation with you, right at that moment. Too many people think of God being far away. They don’t see God as being accessible or available to them in the immediacy of their lives. The truth is, He’s present with us in every moment of every day.

I can remember the most peaceful place I’ve ever been, when I was a teenager and Christ knocked on my heart and we became one.

But I felt great peace there. Why? Because I felt the Lord there. I sensed His presence.

It’s easy for me to close my eyes and see the Lord walking right beside me making me lie down in green pastures and leading me by the still water I also find it easy and beneficial to envision the Lord walking right beside me in any number of beautiful natural settings I’ve experienced.

It’s not these environments that give peace. It’s the awareness of God that I feel in my heart when I’m in these environments that produces peace. It’s that sense of “God with me” that’s important for me to recapture, envision, to see with spiritual eyes, when times of trouble hit my life.

No matter where you are at any given time, Jesus is the source of your contentment. See the Lord walking with you in peace. Sense His presence. Become aware of His awesome power and authority over your life. When by faith you enter into a personal relationship with Christ, living with the assurance of His presence and provision in your life, I promise you will experience true peace.