“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” (Psalms 101: 7)
While it may be wise to take this statement literally and steer clear of those who are not of the best character or who have malicious intentions, this stance goes further. We must guard against the entry of the lying thought, that which defies the word of God and lures us into its deceit. We must begin to recognize this thief when he enters our house, our consciousness.
Have you gotten caught up in a story of your life that seems only to snowball as you think of it, until your sleeping hours are as busy with it as your days are? The small lie, that accusation against your goodness, your safety, your peace, needs to be rejected and all its companions along with it. One lie tends to bring a bunch of friends to companion it, making it seem even more powerful and difficult to expel.
But that lying thought, that worrying, ruminating, self-defensive, self-condemning thinking, should not tarry with us. We don’t need to give it even a moment of our time or attention. Making that wrong idea comfortable for a time will never do us any good. It doesn’t need even a short visit with us. The lies, the accusations against our innocence and our love, won’t ever be helpful. They will only make our house dirty and even more vulnerable to intruders. Keep your consciousness focused on what is good and true and there will be no entry point for liars and no tolerance for lies.
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The Big Alert here for me is that the lies always appear as “truth tellers”!! Like, “Who me? I am real, factual, accurate, believable…” Like the serpent that spoke to Eve in the allegory of the Garden of Eden’. Thanks for this timely alert as we are pelted with negative suggestions regarding contagion, flu, etc. Just identifying those suggestions of fear, illness, greed, infidelity and their false promises is a big step! Good work!
Thanks, Pat. That serpent does tend to appear logical at times, until you hear that hiss. Good to have the ears, the perception, attuned enough to make out that hiss, and respond with quick dismissal!
Clever play on words – hiss and dismiss – this bunch of sss’s is impressive. Love it!
Thanks, Carolyn! The poet in me responds to these writing suggestions from God!