“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape… A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.” [Proverbs 19:5,9]
As I write this it is now Ash Wednesday 2015, and this passage reminds me of an old TV show, Truth Or Consequences. It also brings to mind several questions from a little different perspective. The bold italicized phrase, ‘he that speaketh lies shall not escape”, has been coursing through my mind of late, and so I set about the business of how the Lord might be speaking to me about it, especially as it pertains to this year’s Lenten observance – a time when we review how The Truth (Way and Life) indeed sets us free through His passion.
Ordinarily we think about lying as simply not telling the truth. This can come about on a number or levels of thought, word, and deed. Some people are able to live a lie, a “double life”, where their public persona may be one thing, but in fact they are actually covertly quite another. They seem to be able to manage this for awhile, but eventually they are always found out – with consequences. As it is said, oh the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
However, might it be time to explore this on the level of the inner man? What are we who name the name of Jesus Christ telling ourselves? Do we dwell in a consciousness of being overwhelmed by sin, sickness, and sorrow? If so, perhaps we have not been affirming consistently and fervently to ourselves the Truth of our position and authority as being one with our Lord in His cross, death, resurrection, and even ascension. Did He not cry out, “It is finished!”?
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” [Psalm 51:6]
Apparently there are those deep places within us where truth is a very good idea. It is here that the seed of our blessed reality in Him must be acknowledged and received. So we cannot afford to acknowledge a defeated posture any longer. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” [Revelation 5:9,10]
So the question is, what are we speaking to ourselves? What are we affirming? God’s truth or the world’s lies? Are we proclaiming to the Kingdom within us that we are redeemed and set free, that the “Luciferian occupation” has no authority here and now, that Jesus Christ has already made us kings and priests to God so as to reign on the earth?
The first “earth” we have authority over because of Him, in Him, and by the power of the Holy Spirit is ourself! The beginning of a new creation!
As we follow Jesus on His journey to Jerusalem, on His Way of sorrows, what are we going to tell ourselves? Do I claim and proclaim to my inner being that, as Paul confessed, “I have been crucified with Christ”? Is the old self dead and buried? Am I raised up in Him? Do I embrace, know, understand, and acknowledge that I dwell with Him above all principalities, powers, and every name that is named? Does my attitude, worldview, and life reflect this higher reality [Galatians 2:20]?
Or am I still embracing and living a lie? Do I live in His truth or the consequences of living the stories that come from the father of lies? Have I seen myself in Him, and do I confess and affirm that it is at the cross where the end of my old self and the reign of evil finally bit the dust? Is this the truth in my inward parts, my inner being?
Let us truly examine ourselves as we walk these forty days on the Way of Sorrows with our Lord Jesus. Self must co-suffer and be co-crucified to reign with Him! “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.” [2 Timothy 2:12]
Let us therefore daily during this holy season pose the question to our innermost being, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Song recorded here:
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?…
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?…
Were you there when He rose up from the grave?…
O… sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble…