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GOD’S WORD FOR JULY 31 ~ ~ Proverbs 19:5 ~ ~ “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.”

Colonies of Paper Wasps consist entirely of female wasps who are ordered according to a strict hierarchy. After mating, the females fight each other for dominance in the colony. Those who prove to be better fighters have more dominance. This means that they can spend more time laying eggs and less time working.

Researchers studying Paper Wasps found, however, that the situation was more complicated than that. They observed that the stronger fighters generally had more black splotches on their face than the weaker fighters. To test if the black markings were related to hierarchy, researchers painted some of the wasps’ faces to make them look higher or lower in the hierarchy than they really were. Researchers found that the rest of the colony would not tolerate the social imposters. Those who were caught lying about their status were harassed continually by the others. This was true whether their faces showed them in a higher or lower status than they really were. Researchers also found that a few wasps had mutated so that their faces inaccurately signaled their status. They were also attacked. The scientists concluded that the wasps’ face coloring accurately predicted their strength.

While sin entered the world through the temptation of the father of lies, God’s standard is the truth. Those who love God’s truth will seek to reflect truth in their lives.

God’s standard of Truth is so strong, that He even made creatures that can discern a falsehood and punish it. How much more should we hold up a high standard for spiritual Truth?!

In this world, we are told to test the spirits of teachers in the Church. It’s not necessarily the gifted speakers who are speaking the Truth. We need to, and are commanded to, discern the spirits in:

1 John 4

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. …”

We pray, Lord, that we not only know the Truth which has set us free, but that we would discern even a hint of deception in any teaching. Deception is subtle, and it takes Your Spirit to discern it. Please give a generous portion of Your discernment through Your Holy Spirit for these times that are upon us and to come with even greater lies that sound like truth. We praise You for Your Word which we need so terribly now, to make sure that teachings line up with The Only Truth. We thank You for Salvation, for Your Presence, protection, peace, Joy and the inner Living Water that rises up and shows us Your Presence!!!! We thank You for the intercession of Your Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and it is in His Name that we can ask these things. Amen

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