Everyone lies at one time or another including me. Lying is a universal talent. Some people can do it rather well.
Most little kids start practicing the skill as soon as they master language.
When you look at it objectively it seems the ability to lie is part of everyone’s kit of survival tools, a side effect of possessing language skills.There are a lot of situations in which the ability to lie is extremely useful.
For instance, there are times when you might have to lie to protect yourself or someone else.
Or you might have to lie just to defend your personal privacy.
People lie all the time to diffuse a tense social situation or to avoid hurting someone’s feelings or even to calm someone who is frightened.
The way I see it, if people couldn’t lie, they probably wouldn’t be able to live together in groups, at least not for long or with any degree of sociability.
The bottom line is- if humans could not lie, civilization as we know it would cease to exist.
Imparting the spirit of error however happens too easily- and more often than not without the leader even realizing it.
This is what happen with King Saul and Jonathan.
If you are in the position of a leader, you are communicating to others (even without words).
Your life is saying, “The way I’m going is the way you should follow”.
So, anything that you do incorrectly (because you have rejected the correction of the Lord), you are actually telling them, “This is the way you should act.”
If you are imparting the spirit of error to them, rebellion will multiply in the lives of your spiritual children.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul spoke these words to Titus:
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was sent to stimulate and promote the faith of God’s chosen ones and to lead them on to accurate discernment and recognition of and acquaintance with the Truth which belongs to and harmonizes with and tends to godliness (Titus 1:1)
So basically, in common language, Paul was saying, “I’m a servant who has been ordained by God.
Understand that I have been called by God to bring correction to you.
I want you to understand that my job isn’t to be concerned with your gifts, callings, or talents.
I’m concerned with ‘cutting out’ a pattern for character in you.”
Today in the 21st century we have many in the church with wonderful talents and abilities and even during Paul’s time, some members were expressing and using their gifts but were having a hard time being true servants.
Basically, Paul was telling Titus, “You might have been an evangelist or a prophet at your old church.
But if you’re going to minister in our church, we’re going to watch your servanthood.
If you qualify as a servant, then we know you can be trusted as a prophet.”
So many believers get too anxious, asserting: “Oh, the Lord gave me a word; He gave me a word.”
If He gave you that word, it will keep.
In the meantime, your spiritual leaders will need to carve character in you to bring you to a level where you can handle the word you have received.
You must be made to understand that a true leader cannot allow your gifts to take you where your character can’t keep you.
If you are reading this and can truly identify with me, let’s pray this simple prayer together:
I want so much to be used by you in a unique way.
I want you to help me to discover my spiritual gift and unique talent so that I may use it to uplift your church and my community. Help me to be bold and persistent in my journey.
Do not let the pride of life and what society might consider relevant cause me to be ineffective for you.
Let the Queen or King in me rise up and be resolute in this mighty cause.
Once again, do not let pride, discouragement, lack of finances, or even my beloved family- basically any spirit that is not of you, deter me from my course.
This day I commit myself to you. I ask for your anointing to flow freely in my life and for you to make me a special blessing in your name.
For those of you who followed me in that prayer; may God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of faith in Him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.