Letting Go, Part 5: Lies

Posted on 07/22/2018 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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HOLY IS THE KING
by Benjamin R. Faust

He is worthy, and we proclaim
The name of Jesus
is far above every other name
He is holy and we declare
His glory fills the earth
and there's rejoicing everywhere

He is mighty, and sovereign over all
He's coming for who's ready
when they hear the trumpet call
He is Jesus, the ruler over all
And every soul in worship
to the King will fall

Holy, holy is the King who reigns
The Son of God,
heaven and earth proclaims
In joy we bring to you our offering

(In spirit and - in truth we sing)
(And so to you - our lives we bring)
(As a li - ving offering)


LORD YOU'VE BEEN SO GOOD
by Benjamin R. Faust

VERSE ONE
Lord, You've been so good to me
You gave me sight when I was blind
You showed me light I could not see
You brought me truth I could not find

Lord, You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me!

CHORUS
And so I praise You in the morning
and I praise You in the night
For You are my Salvation
You are my Guiding Light
So I give You my everything
I just can't give You less
When You sent Your Son to love me
You gave me Your best!

VERSE TWO
Lord, You've been so good to me
You set my feet on solid ground
You rescued my life from the grave
when no other help could be found
Lord, You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord, You've been so good to me!

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE
Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (better than I deserve)
Lord You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me

Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (you're good all the time)
Lord You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord You've been so good to me

(CHORUS)

You gave me Your best!
You gave me Your best!

Lord, You've been so good to me.


I SURRENDER ALL
by Judson W. Van DeVenter

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.


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For the past few weeks, we've been talking about Letting Go. We've covered Fear, Guilt and Blame, Shame, and Grief. And today, let's continue by talking about: Letting Go, Part 5: Lies.


Psalm 51:6 (TLS)

6 You desire truth in the innermost parts, and You make me aware of Wisdom in the sacred inner place.


Most of us have heard from before Sunday School that we should never tell a lie, because "All liars have thier part in the Lake of Fire." But an outward lie is like maggots on the ground: they wouldn't be there if something wasn't rotting underneath.

Now, I don't mean to get melodramatic with that example. But compulsive lying is just a symptom of inner deceit. And let's go even further than that: A life not lived true to your callings, and in line with the Nature of God, is a symptom of inner deceit.

Here's a little example that hopefully will help make this more clear.

Suppose a child was raised being told that she is stupid and ugly. And let's suppose that she has a healthy mind and an attractive appearance. On the level of form, the words spoken over her are lies. The one speaking them might think they're true, (after all, most people believe whatever their mind tells them), but in the earthly realm, these words are untrue.

Over the years, these words poison the girl's thoughts and feelings and choices and desires. They weren't HER words. But they became a part of her mind and of the self her mind created -- the self she believes she is.

So without knowing it, she is owning the lies. And because she is dwelling in deceit, she does not live and does not dwell in Truth. But by Truth, I don't mean saying the right things. Instead, by Truth, I mean the fullness of the realization of the true nature of Life, of Love, and of Purpose.

Maybe she thinks her purpose is career, or marriage, or motherhood, or to be abused, or to be unloved, or to be cheated on, or to be alone.

Here's another example.

As a child, his parents told him he was very handsome, he was highly intelligent, and that he would succeed in whatever he chose to do. On the surface, these affirmations sound really good. Right? But let's follow him for awhile.

When he says, "I," or "Me," to whom, or to what, is he referring? To that which is eternal? That which is not of the earth? Or when he says, "Me," is he referring to something which is earthly, and which is passing away?

The accumulation of personal history. The earthly story. The temporary circumstances. The earthly desires. The conceptual "me." All these things are of this earth, and all these things are passing away. Wood, hay, and stubble. And the feeling that these things are solid, is just an illusion.

It's like looking at a few strands of God's hair, and never seeing, much less kissing, His face.

So both the girl who hates her form, and the boy who loves his, are dwelling in various forms of deception. And whether that results in self-abuse and negative situations, or worldly success and pleasant circumstances, neither one of them is dwelling in the Truth.

"You desire truth in the innermost parts, and You make me aware of Wisdom in the sacred inner place."

Only by dwelling in truth, and not in illusion, can you wake up to the Wisdom of God that lives inside.


Proverbs 11:3 (TLS)

3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the distortions of those who dwell in deceit will destroy them.


That word translated "integrity" includes rightness, straighforwardness, and honesty. It is intimately connected with Truth. "But the distortions of those who dwell in deceit will destroy them."

Do we cling to the familiar? Are we attached to what the mind says is real and right? Or are we okay with finding out we have been wrong?

Of course most of us are probably convinced that we are mature enough to admit when we're wrong. But of course that is only when the mind realizes it was wrong. If it doesn't, then we cling to what it thinks.

"My mind is right, unless it discovers it was wrong, in which case when it tells me it was wrong, I believe that it is right in thinking it was wrong......... so it's still right."

"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the distortions of those who dwell in deceit will destroy them."


Revelation 21:8 (TLS)

8 But the fearful, the disbelieving, the hateful, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, those who serve forms, and all who dwell in deceit, shall have their part in the lake of consuming fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

That's interesting. It starts with "The fearful." Of course fear is the opposite of Love. So when Love is lacking, there ALWAYS is fear. The level of fear present inside of you can measure the level of Love. Dwell in Love, and fear fades away.

So this COULD start by addressing the unloving. It could. But it doesn't. You see, most of us believe we are fairly loving. Just like some of us believe we have no fear.

But let someone accuse you of being unloving. Does the feeling of defensiveness arise? Do you argue and try to prove they are wrong? If so, what is the purpose of defensiveness? Defensiveness is the imagined need to protect one's self from harm. In other words, defensiveness and offense are rooted in fear. Fear of an imagined threat to the false self. And that fear is just a symptom of deception.

To most of us, the self-image is real, and the self that self-image claims to define is also real. And they ARE real...... just as real as a work of fiction, or a vivid dream, or a vapor which is here for a moment, and then vanishes away.

So fear is a symptom of not dwelling in Love, and not dwelling in Love is a result of dwelling in deception. Not the deception that is called "false doctrine." False doctrine has power only if it takes your attention away from direct realization of that which is beyond belief.

But if you don't BELIEVE the false doctrines, they tend to lose their power over you. And if you don't BELIEVE your BELIEFS, then it doesn't matter whether they are right or wrong.

Don't believe me? Good. Just consider for yourself whether you can honestly be certain that EVERYTHING you believe is 100% true. If you believe in your beliefs, then it's pretty certain you are dwelling in deception, because believing in what you believe is deception in and of itself.

"Wait a minute... I believe in Jesus." Okay, fair enough. The demons believe, too.

"But... God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life." Different word, unfortunately translated as "believe." What saves us is Grace, which comes from God, through Faith, which comes from God, not just a mental belief, which can come from anywhere.

Is that too scary to even consider? Probably so. But that's just an indicator light that shows you you're still dwelling in fear, which is caused by dwelling in deception.

Where there is fear, something is blocking you from dwelling in Love. And that something is rooted in deception.

Well, today, the invitation is to let go of the lies.

Your mind might still believe things that aren't quite right, but if you don't believe in what your mind says is true, then it doesn't matter if your mind comes to the right conclusion or not; you will not be holding on to lies. And when you fully let go, there is no need to hold on to the Truth. Instead, you will dwell in it.

You will KNOW the Truth, and it will set your free. Not knowing in the head, but a deeper knowing that goes far beyond the mind's ability to know. So it does not depend on your level of mental intelligence. Instead, just like the sun helps the flowers to grow and enables the grass and trees to be beautifully green, so the Truth is known in the presence of Love.

The clouds come and go. But the sunlight does not come from the clouds. Of course the rain is delivered by the clouds. The water is warmed by the heat of the sun, and it becomes clouds that are carried by the wind to water the earth.

Without the sun, there would be no clouds, no flowers, no trees, no rain. And without Love, there would be no mind, no thoughts, no imaginary self, and no silence, no stillness, no knowing, no waking up to the fleeting nature of the clouds of form that appear for a moment, and then are gone.

And only Love remains.


Okay. So in closing, let's take a brief look at the last part of what we just read in the book of Revelation.

"But the fearful, the disbelieving, the hateful, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, those who serve forms, and all who dwell in deceit, shall have their part in the lake of consuming fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

Does that bring fear?

"Well, if I am dwelling in deceit, and I don't figure out how to be free from it, does this mean that I will go to hell?"

Consider who the "I" who is thinking that really is. And let it go.

Dwell in Love.
Dwell in Peace.
Dwell in Presence.
Dwell in God.

And HE will save you, not the idol in the head.


So, what is fire and brimstone? Well, I looked it up in the Bible concordance, and found this very interesting definition of the word translated "brimstone" in this verse. And it is:

Burning Brimstone: "Divine incense." Burning brimstone was regarded as having the power to purify and to ward off disease.

Is the lake of fire a place where God gets you back for not being a "good Christian" by making you suffer for all eternity? This word doesn't sound like it. And I'm not saying hell isn't eternal. I'm also not saying hell IS eternal. Instead, I'm pointing out that the fearful, the disbelieving, the hateful, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, those who serve forms, and all who dwell in deceit, whether with the Breath of God that animated them or not, will have their part in the Divine Incense, which purifies and cleanses from disease.

And in this sense, we can learn a lot from the fish. When someone puts a hook on a line, puts a worm on the hook, and throws the bait into the water, the fish is only caught when it becomes attached to the hook. Well, the deception of identification with form is like a hook. But dwelling in Truth will set you free.

You are not the worm.
You are not the hook.
You are not the line.

Let those things go.

Let go of your attachment to your circumstances, your thoughts, your self, your story, your past, your desires, your fears, and your beliefs.

Does that last one scare you? Let go of the fear, of the inner lies that cause that fear, and dwell in Presence, dwell in Love, instead. And in that place in God's temple with the Life and the Love He is, you are free.