Many people believe that telling a lie grants them escape from physical trouble. Some marriage counselors would even encourage you to tell white lies to get certain favours from your spouse. While this may truly give you a favorable physical result, you’ve activated something in the realm of the spirit that only the truth and repentance can deliver you from.
To understand this better, I’d have to explain three words that are often used to describe sin in this world; Sin, transgression, and iniquity.
Sin is an act or an action, something you did that is displeasing to God. For instance, if you lie, you have engaged in the act of lying, and lying is displeasing to God. That’s a sin.
Transgression is simply a violation of the law. So when you lie, you have violated the law that has been established against lying. Let me show you two scriptures to prove this:
1 Samuel 15:
24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Did you see that? Saul first acknowledged that he had sinned and that his sin also violated the commandment of the Lord. This also tells me that there are things we do that may be displeasing to God but did not violate any law. Examples are drinking alcohol to stupour, putting on tattoos, and so on. God may not have explicitly mentioned these acts to be against His laws or punishable, but scriptures clearly shows that He’s displeased when we do them.
The second scripture unveils to us that some of the things we do as a tradition may be against the commandments of the Lord. It may be traditionally rights, but scripturally wrong. And as Christians, we must make God’s commandments a priority for our living.
The thing about transgression is that it has punishments attached to every law that was violated. For instance, among the many things that the bible unveils about telling lies, it says anyone that tell lies has become the property of the devil and will be compelled to do the devil’s lusts. Let’s see how the scripture puts it:
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.
What this means is that a garment or the spirit of lust will come upon you if you don’t repent from the lie you told. The moment that garment comes upon you, you’d graduate from that one lie to telling more lies. And because lying is associated with many other sins, like stealing and killing, it won’t be long before you’d begin to do them.
If you lie that you’re hungry just because you want someone to have compassion on you and help you, it won’t be long before you’d start stealing to satisfy your selfish desires. Before you know it, you’ve become a daylight robber. The continuity of the first sin and the unfolding of other sins from the first sin is what we call iniquity. And most times, God does not visit sin, He visits iniquity. His laws can take care of sin, but His judgment is what handles iniquity. Let me show you a few scriptures as I conclude:
Ezra 9:13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this.
Leviticus 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity.
According to Psalm 38:4, any man who lives in iniquity is carrying a heavy burden. He has to keep sinning to live. That scripture says, “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me”. Now you see why your life has been in a mess.
So to break free from it, you have to start by repenting before the Lord and then go back to correct all the wrongs that your lies or iniquity has caused. This is the only way you can escape God’s judgment.
Let me conclude with this; anything that displeases God can lead to iniquity, even though it may not be a transgression at first. Drinking alcohol or wearing tattoos may not be violating God’s commandments, but the devil can use that to deceive you into sin, and then into transgression, and then iniquity, and ofcourse judgment – if you don’t repent. So be sober, be vigilant!
I hope this has brought deliverance to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!