Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor!

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The title of this post comes from Exodus 20:16.   This is a reminder of what we are commanded not to do.   When we spread lies and Gossip about other people, we are in fact “Bearing False Witness”.    This is a sin and will not go unpunished, unless whoever is doing this repents.

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Proverbs 6:16-19

What the Lord Hates
16 The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

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Matthew 15:19

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:


“Standing On The Promises”


 

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15 thoughts on “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor!

  1. Daily Devotional — 07/02/16

    PRAYER CHANGES THINGS
    Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

    Ages ago the prophet Jonah saw it happen. The population of the city of Nineveh (in the north of present day Iraq) repented from sin. A radical change came because he preached and God’s Spirit worked. Almost on the same spot in the city of Mosul (modern Nineveh), the climate has changed too.

    After 2003, Mosul became a city with increasing violence. Car bombs, attacks and all kind of violence are normal in this old city. Civilians of whatever religion and police and soldiers have been targeted. In the beginning of 2010, there was a significant increase in violent attacks on Christians. In the month of February that year, eight were killed in just ten days. This all caused an exodus of Christians.

    “Thousands of Christians have left our city…and that hurts,” shares twenty-one-year-old Dawud. “I saw a lot of my friends leaving too,” the young Iraqi adds. His family has been Christian for generations, as is the case with many Iraqi Christians.

    Open Doors worker, Daniel, says that as far as he knows the number of Christians dramatically dropped in the second biggest city of the country. Before the fall of Saddam Hussein, the number in Mosul was estimated at two hundred thousand of the one and a half million inhabitants. “We believe the number is now far less than one hundred thousand, many of them not living in the city itself but in Christian villages around.”

    “We started some years ago to pray for our city,” Dawud continues. “It started small with just our family, but soon there were more believers coming to the prayer meetings. Now we pray weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays from five till seven in the afternoon. Some fifty Christians in our city regularly participate,” he says. “Because of our prayer, the city started to change. The situation is different now. What I see now is that my generation doesn’t want to leave, we want to stay. This is God’s place for me. I’ll stay; I will never leave. And if I will be killed, I will be killed.”

    “But,” he goes on, “the situation is much better now. We can go out as youth again, even in the evenings. We can go to our meetings without being afraid, we don’t feel insecure anymore.” His father, pastor of one of the churches in Mosul, confirms that the climate in the city improved after they started praying as a church. With a smile on his face he adds, “We even saw Muslims becoming followers of Jesus.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will rejoice in the ability I have to take every issue I face to the Lord and trust Him for the answer.

    PRAYER: Remember brothers and sisters who live in violent societies. Pray that fear will not drive them to leave.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  2. Well our sinful flesh makes itself known time to time by passages like this from the book Of James also.

    James 3:6

    tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    But those WHO are in Christ Jesus dont have sin imputed to them, but IT dont mean we shouldnt guard our tongue. IT is our most horrible weapon and asset, through the tongue we speak the Word and also let out our less savoury traits.

    So we must be on Guard with our tongue and let IT flow When we speak the Word in spirit and in truth!

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  3. Gossip can also be put in the same category as assuming and I won’t go into the worldly definition of assuming.
    Also, not certain Einstein was a Christian but his well known statement: “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance”

    A good example is in fact, our neighbors! I fall into the ignorance category. Probably more than ignorance in hindsight. When moved in here, we learned right off the bat its a tight knit town and they don’t like outsiders at all. Our first month was not good, followed by more of the same for a very long time. I felt someone watching me and finally being fed up asked Holy Spirit to show me what was going on. I had prayed over our home again due to finding a razor blade with dried blood pooled over the top of it while cleaning the bathroom shelves. There was such a spirit of heaviness and depression in the home.
    20 minutes after asking Holy Spirit, the UPS driver delivered a package. He commented on how fast this place sold. I took the opportunity to ask him if he knew the previous owners. He thumbed over his shoulder to the homes down the hill from us. They had indeed been watching. They also made a habit of sitting outside our home at 12-3 AM idling in their trucks with loud stacks on them.
    I kept praying for them all. There’s 4 homes in a row, down the hill from us. The chance to meet the owners of the first house finally came, I simply drove over there to meet them. “They, ” hubby and wife were renting the homes to them. “They” said they were upset with us for buying the property and it would be too “uncomfortable” to all get together for a BBQ.

    Well, time went on. I kept praying for them all (still do) and the man who clears our snow for us, asked us why we didn’t talk to the previous owners of the house if we had questions about it. He told us how nice they were and they were friends of his.
    OUCH! The first people had caused much trouble, it was the teen kids that sat out idling. I can totally imagine how they would feel losing their home and having someone else move in. The whole point being, I should never have listened to the first couple, should have done investigation prior to assumption and things could have been very different over these past few years.

    Even though I pray/prayed for them I had made up my mind they hated us based on gossip and a short few times of interaction with the first couple who rented to them. Live and learn. Either way I look at it, that lie based on what I thought was fact, caused much heartache and even fear not knowing what those trucks out there every night were really up to. And, I just learned of this recently. Gossip lead to a waste of fellowship (turns out they go to a local cowboy church) and also in turn caused us to look bad due to not having a clue what the “first couple” said about us! Hindsight: I should have gone to the source to begin with. The first couple are not Christians …yet… and will not be convicted by Holy Spirit over their gossip outside of a wake up call.
    Gossip is the devils playground and I’ve seen churches split over one person starting something they “thought” was real. Names should never be used even as a “prayer request” in many instances. It needs to be with the permission of the person requesting prayer. When that name is out there, those who are not mature in the Lord can take it and open the door for doubt, gossip and a whole slew of junk that’s not of God.
    Gossip is, bottom line, “character assassination” and isn’t that close to murder…….via the tongue

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    1. Sonshine, all we can do is pray for people like them. There are gossips in my small town as well, but I keep my conversations with them peaceful and walk away when Gossip starts. Some make assumptions based on the way we look, who we are living with and are offended by the fact we stand strong in our faith.
      It’s never easy, but we must leave these things in the hands of the Lord. Small town living has some amazing benefits, but that sometimes comes with too many people having “idle hands”.

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      1. LOL James. Yes totally. I was raised and have lived in small towns 98% of my life. Some are tougher than others. Back in Texas we had a ministry of reaching out to new people moving into town. The mainstream townspeople were not friendly to outsiders there either. Thus, filling that need with His love. It’s amazing what can happen. If there’s no one to do this, you can bet the enemy will send in his minions rofl.

        What a wonderful day with the Lord if we take that time with Him. Lately it’s been digging into Strongs and other study helps to check out a word given by a well known radio show host. Still digging. Gossip has reached an all time high over his latest, but only proving or disproving against the Word will settle each persons heart. God is so good. These are perilous times and gossip will continue to reach more and more people. Scary to see how many will not seek out the Truth on their own:(

        This Reset at the Slave Freedom Tower is another area that’s crazy. One World Religion being set?

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  4. Signs — Jul 02, 2016 06:00 am | Glynda Linkous

    The signs of My soon return are all around you, yet so many refuse to see. They choose ignorance over anxiety, but this is not to their benefit, for it shall happen and they will not be ready.

    Do not be deceived that this is not so, My children. I am coming back soon!

    John 3:16-19

    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

    Matthew 25:1-13

    1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

    2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

    3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

    4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

    5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

    6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

    7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

    8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

    9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

    10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

    11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

    12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

    13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

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  5. Daily Devotional — 07/03/2016

    PRAY THAT GOD WILL BE GLORIFIED
    Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Acts 4:29

    In Acts chapter four, Peter and John have been released from prison after many threats from the authorities. They return to the church and report. The church goes to prayer. But the remarkable thing is that they do not pray for protection but for boldness. We know God was pleased with their request because after their prayer the place in which they were meeting was shaken. Filled with God’s Spirit they spoke the word of God boldly.

    Four hundred Christian young people attended a three-day prayer conference in the mountains of northern Iraq in the summer of 2011. Six busses full of Christians came from violence-ravaged Baghdad. For the Christians from the south of Iraq, where persecution, kidnapping and bombs are a daily reality, the conference was like refreshing water. For three days they didn’t have to worry and enjoyed being together with hundreds of other young believers in freedom. Christians from Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk, Basra and other cities came to the Open Doors sponsored meetings.

    Behind the podium hung a huge banner with the theme of the conference. As waters cover the sea, the glory of God will cover the earth.

    “That is the dream of God for Iraq and this world,” said one the worship leaders, “and that should be our dream.” Referring to the difficulties in the country he continued, “Tell in the middle of trouble about your hope, about God’s dream. Know that in the middle of the heat, fruit ripens. God is preparing us for the harvest.”

    Many times during the conference, speakers referred to the persecution in the country and in other parts of the Middle East. Some of the churches lost many members during the last few years in Iraq. Due to the violence, Christians fled from the south of Iraq to the north, the Kurdish region or even to other countries. “Know that the church in Jerusalem was small too, but it changed the world,” the speaker encourages the young believers.

    One of the pastors said, “With this Arab Spring we’re living in a very special time. We believe this is an historic conference. In the coming months big things are going to happen in this region. Focus on God; focus on His kingdom and God will do the rest.”

    Another speaker shared an experience from Egypt. “December 2010 and the beginning of January 2011 we had 40 days of fasting and prayer for Egypt in our church in Cairo. God said to us that what He was going to do would be awesome.” Everyone knows what happened after that in Egypt.

    “That was God’s interference in history!” He expressed the way many Egyptian Christians saw the events of January 2011. “Ask for the impossible and it will happen,” he said. “Pray for His desire. Look what happened in Acts when the church had a hard time. They did not ask for their own protection, they asked to glorify God’s name.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will pray that my circumstances and challenges will ultimately glorify God’s name.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord for boldness You give Your church in the midst of threats and violence.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  6. (Post has been reformatted for ease of reading)
    A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 02 Jul 2016 06:24 AM PDT

    “The day of retribution is at hand. Man has gone too far, drifting away from goodness. Man has chosen to ignore, rage and reduce My creation to a man-made image of evil. You have taken what was beautiful and polluted it. Man has no goodness apart from Me, yet continues to drift further and further away. Man, on a collision course with his creator will soon see where these choices have taken him.

    Man has no regard for My Light, but you My child have struggled long, hard to see My goodness. Tough roads behind tough roads ahead. Weary traveler, lean on Me, know that your labor is not in vain. Great will be your reward in heaven.

    Trumpets sound that will begin My judgments. Unrest will spread like a cancer over this nation. There is no room nor place for the faint of heart. Grow in My grace, accept your position as My child and willingly be pliable for use by your Creator.

    Many will be the challenges ahead, but My own have been equipped to win.”

    ********************************************************************************
    John 8:12 JESUS said; “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

    Galatians 6:7-8
    “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

    Matthew 5:10-12
    “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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  7. Future Post Note ** I will be writing up a vivid dream I had last night. I only write up the ones I can remember, as they always have a message with them. This one will be called “The Veil Of Secrecy” .

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    1. The veil is used as an symbol of occult which means veiled secreto in itself. H.P Blavatsky wrote a book called Isis unveiled about occult secrets being unveiled to disciples Of what she labeled the art.

      Interestingly enough Jesus said he taught nothing in secret. So teaching in secret is a tradenark Of the devil, open discourse and teaching one Of the Lords.

      Simply put but waiting your post JC 🇫🇮

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      1. This would not post earlier so trying again. I need to ask your forgiveness from all of you.

        The Lord dealt with me a few weeks ago to take time on what I post (due to not having the gift of writing) and certainly not to be posting when family, husband or other issues have a short time frame. I’m not editing, or re-reading when I do this. It’s a bad habit I got from texting during scale stops on the truck that has flowed over into blogs and emails also.

        Someone told me I was scattered on emails, this was a first I’ve ever heard this but it did stop and make me think. If I have 5 minutes to post something, it can wait until I can pray over it, read it again and edit to the best of my ability, which is limited……
        Another area He dealt with me over is posting something that I had not prayed over and through period! To WAIT until I had confirmation so it didn’t cause distraction etc.

        Again, asking for forgiveness because I can’t delete a post that someone has already read:(

        Blessings to all on these forums and emails. Again I’m so sorry.

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  8. Sonshine, I don’t recall anything you wrote that gave me a sense of something isn’t right here. If there’s anything you want me to go back and delete for you, just send me a private email with the blog posting and what comments you are referring to. Blessings.

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  9. Thanks James. I just read back over some areas I’ve posted and need to take more time. There are days I can spend plenty of time going over the forums etc. Other days only a few moments and this goes for my emails too. An area the Lord is really asking me to slow down and take my time…be certain it’s conveyed correctly.

    If you ever see an off one please delete:)

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  10. Sonshines posts are like a truck diesel, big and reliable for millions Of miles. A truck carrying a heavy load takes time to accelerate and burn alot Of fuel.
    But once its rolling its like sonshines posts, they arrive at target in time.

    Keep on truckin ☝

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