Pastor Mark Jeske
One of the first casualties of the nightmare of alcoholism is the truth. Heavy drinkers lie—to their families, to their bosses, but first to themselves. They cultivate a fantasy world to enable their drinking to continue. Long after everybody else is on to them, they continue to pretend to themselves that everything is fine.
People can try to fool God, but they will never succeed—he sees through us like a pane of glass. If Satan cannot keep you from Christianity and church life, he will try to hollow out your heart and let you pretend that your old passion and integrity are still there. In the days of the early church, a man named Ananias wanted the benefits of pretending to be a paragon of generosity while keeping the money for himself.
The apostle Peter was on to his scam: “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? . . . You have not lied to men but to God” (Acts 5:3,4).
Does it terrify you to realize that God searches the human heart? Then give up your games. Be honest with him and with yourself. Confess your sins to him. Embrace Jesus’ forgiveness. And then live a life of integrity—say what you mean, mean what you say.
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