One of the principles revealed in the OT Law for entry into the Promised Land or the land God destined His people to live in was being honest. Here in Deuteronomy 16:20 it is translated with the word just, “That which is altogether just (honest) shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” The principle of honesty in this verse still applies to Christians in the New Testament and is made possible by Christ’s nature within us. We also have a destiny (the will, plan, and work of God for our life) and a land of promise, not a physical land, but the land of possessing God’s promises by faith.
Honesty means being sincere, truthful, genuine, fair, trustworthy, and loyal with integrity. It means telling the truth, not lying, cheating, or stealing. Telling the truth despite consequences and being true when voicing one’s opinion in kind thoughtful ways. It is doing what we know is right and not betraying ourselves or going against what our conscience dictates. Proverb 12:19, and 22 says, “The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. (v.22) Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His delight.” In the N.T. it says we are to put away all lies and lying Ephesians 4:15, 25. Dishonest people and people who lie never reach their destiny. Lies are:
1. False statements.
2. False impressions.
3. Vague, incomplete half-truth statements.
1. Have an intent to mislead.
2. Either falsify or conceal.
Let’s be honest, shame the devil, the father of lies, and go forward into our destiny.