Proverbs 17: King James Bible
Lying Lips – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verse 7
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Lying Lips
Kind of a strange verse for the Lord to include wouldn’t you say? How can we relate to a prince, much less how one should be talking?
How quickly we tend to forget that we who are in Christ, will one day be kings and priests of the Most High God. So when we come across any verse like this, that gives either insight or a form of instruction in conduct or behavior, we should be taking notes for the future.
But there isn’t just a prince included in the verse above, but also a fool. Excellent speech won’t be found with the fool. However, it’s not just found with a prince, but is expected.
Much less should we expect to find lying lips on a prince, but as far as a fool goes, it is expected. Lying is a trait that falls under the “fool” category, because lying in and of itself, is more often than not a foolish thing to do.
For whatever the reason be it a foolish one or not, lying is not a trait found in the Father, nor the Son, but is found in the prince of this world, Satan himself. Lying is a ball that bounced out of his yard, not the Father’s.
So, if we say that we are striving to be more like Christ, and yet we find ourselves lying about things instead of partaking in excellent speech, are we being good representatives of the Lord? If we do what Jesus would do, or say things that Jesus would say (not necessarily scripture, but truth in general), we reflect his nature, particularly when it isn’t convenient for us to do so.
However, should we be using lying lips, and making ourselves known not for excellent speech, but instead foolish talk, we are not emulating the Lord Jesus, but rather Satan. This is a hard pill to swallow, especially these days, but it is no less true, as it is extreme.
Some people may get offended by that statement, maybe some believers that think I’m taking too strong of a position to have said that foolish talk and lies are emulating Satan. I’m not suggesting that it is an act done for that purpose, or that the intention on emulating the enemy of the Lord rests in anyone’s heart.
I know a good amount of people who’s vowed never to do the things that their parents did while they were growing up, just to be found doing those very things that they swore they’d never do. If you would ask them why they are acting like their parents did, they’d probably get mad at the accusation, and deny it.
We tend to do things subconsciously, or as a reflex, and have no clue why we’re doing it. Lying can be the same way, and may take a conscious effort to prevent from doing so as a natural remedy. But there is such a thing as a lying spirit. All wicked spirits lie, but there is a spirit which specializes in causing others to do so.
This is why lying lips are most common found on a fool, as they say in their heart, “there is no God.” You’d kind of expect spiritual problems there, but for we who are saved, we must pay attention to everything that comes out of our mouths.
Prayer and a steady diet of the Word of God, and getting it into your system, is a good start toward shining a light on these kinds of problems, so that we may see clearly to remove whatever is in our power to remove, and pray that the Father remove any that we can’t.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 8: King James Bible
38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
John 8: King James Bible
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.
Revelation 1: King James Bible
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 5: King James Bible
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Thank you for your Word, as well as your mercy and kindness that you show toward each of us. Please forgive us for any lies that we’ve ever partaken in, and also forgive us for any unseen iniquity that we may harbor. Route these things out of our hearts Lord, and lead us to be as Christlike as possible. All so that we may be more like you, and less like the world./ In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you catch yourself using lying lips?
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