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IS LYING TO MYSELF A SIN?


Diane Burton - Friday, July 27, 2018


On a recent connection call with peer coaches, our trainer shared a poem he wrote. In the poem he talked about lying to himself and the sin of this. He shared about how we treat our inner self (which I call our Emotional Immune System.) 


I found myself writing a question: "How many lies do I tell myself everyday?" I shared this question with the group and then shared how lying is horrendous to God. Proverbs 12:22 says, "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord." Proverbs 6:16 says, "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him" and a lying tongue is on the list.


After asking myself the question of how many times a day do I lie to myself, I then asked if lying to myself was a sin? All my life I've been taught not to lie....to someone else. I don't remember anyone teaching me that lying to myself was wrong; because, telling myself I wasn't good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough, or talented enough, etc. wasn't a lie anyway. Or was/is it? Does telling myself I'm not good enough, etc, just mean I have a low self-image and I just need to change? Or, am I'm deceiving myself with lies, therefore, justifying why I'm not being all God intended me to be? 


As I think about this, I'm reminded of 2 Timothy 1:7 that says, "God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power (boldness) and love and self-control. So, if God didn't give us that spirit of fear and timidity, who did? Satan! And, since satan is the one who gives us a spirit of fear and timidity, is he convincing us to lie to ourselves everyday! Lies that we're not good enough, or smart enough or talented enough, etc., and therefore, our Emotional Immune System is unhealthy!!! And, if we're lying to ourselves, are we also lying to God, telling Him we can't do what He has put us on this earth to do?


And, since God has given us a spirit of power, love & self-control, then why would we ever want to lie to ourselves about not being capable of doing what He put us on this earth to do? WOW - this is really making me take a closer look at my Emotional Immune System and what lies I've been telling myself! What about you? Has this made you think differently about what you say to yourself? Is it lying to ourself when we choose to tell ourselves we can't - are we being deceptive, protective or lying? It's something to pray and think about. 



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