week 3: we lie to ourselves
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Do you ever lie to yourself? We all tend to do it. We lie to other people, but we also lie to ourselves.
And one of the biggest lies in our culture right now is that it's more important to be perceived to be something than to actually be something. When you look at all that's going on in social media, it's really a great game of pretending. We're pretending to be something other than what we are. We give people these shots, these instances in our lives, where we think, “That's a fabulous moment.” But that's not a whole life. That's not who we are. It's a game of pretending, and it's a way of lying to ourselves.
And not only does God want us not to lie to other people, but he wants us not to lie to ourselves. He wants us to be rigorously honest with ourselves. And learning to be rigorously honest with ourselves is not as easy as it sounds. Think about, the next twenty-four hours, how often you lie to other people, how often you lie to yourself, how often you tell other people the whole truth, how often you don't tell other people the whole truth, how often you hold back the whole truth about yourself and from yourself. We've got to stop lying to other people. We’ve got to stop lying to ourselves.
If we are going to move beyond the lies that our culture tells us, we have to stop lying to ourselves.
For a deeper look into the lies we tell ourselves, get your copy of The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.
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