Just A Little Lie
The Lord shocked me by showing me a sin I have been committing for at least a decade. He has forgiven me and I must discontinue that sin. I have been manipulating my bath-room scale. The fact is, I have been lying to my bath-room scale. When I give the scale a lie, it cannot give me the truth. Without a single thought about whether it was right or wrong I lied to the scale all that time. My flesh still prefers lies over truth. That should not have been a surprise to me.
I accidentally discovered some time ago that if I put my weight on my toes the scale sometimes tells me I weigh a half a pound less. If I put my weight toward the center of my feet or my heels the scale sometimes tells me I weigh a half a pound more. I usually get on the scale first thing in the morning. Whenever I was not pleased with the first reading I would weigh myself again with my weight closer to my toes. I actually was pleased with the result when I deceived that scale.
My weight has been very important to me. If I gave my mouth whatever it wanted to eat, I would probably weigh 30 or 40 pounds more. And that would only be if I was still alive. A few decades back I was about 25 pounds heavier than now. I definitely learned that I could not carry that much weight. I am grateful that the Lord has given me something of a warning system. When I gain about 5 pounds I don*t feel well. When I lose those five pounds I feel better. I am able to gain four or five pounds in a week but I have to fight hard to lose a couple of measly pounds in a week.
Before the Lord pin-pointed my lie to me, I had the notion that my balance isn*t as good as it was when I was younger. Therefore, my leaning toward the front of that scale was not my fault. But that fact is, I was sometimes discouraged by truth and I was sometimes encouraged by a lie that I told myself. I wasn*t just lying to the scale I was lying to myself.
How on earth can I give truth to others if I am so wicked that I must lie to my bath-room scale? If I can so easily lie to myself I certainly need the Lord to increase His work on me.Jonah 2:8: They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.Mark 10:19: Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Exodus 23:1: Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.Ephesians 4:25: Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
I trust that I have not taught any of you a new way to lie to yourself but rather, that you will see more importance in truth and in rooting out your little sins.
A woman told D. L. Moody that she had a habit of exaggerating.
Moody: Well, the next time you catch yourself lying, go right to that person and say you have lied, and tell him you are sorry. Say it is a lie; stamp it out, root and branch; that is what you want to do. She said she wouldn*t like to call it lying. But that is what it is.
I have resolved to tell the truth to my bathroom scale. I have resolved to weight myself both ways. If I weigh the same amount with my weight toward my toes and with my weight toward my heels I am content that I have the truth. If I weigh more with my weight on my heels, I believe that is my true weight.