Posts Tagged ‘Truth

06
Sep
17

Do You Know The Truth?

The Apostle John wrote about the difference between those he called the antichrists and the believers to whom he was writing. He said:

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. – 1 John 2:20-21 (NIV)

For thousands of years humans have been trying to figure out what is truth. When Jesus was on trial, Pilate asked Him, “What is truth?” It is a question that echoes down through history. People want to know what truth is and what the implications of the truth are for their lives. Jesus said that He is the way, the TRUTH and the life. If you want truth, you’ve got to look to Jesus. He will never lie to you. He will never deceive you. As John says, “…no lie comes from the truth.” God’s Spirit can lead you into truth. Are you willing to listen and to follow?
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17
Aug
17

Denying The Sin Within

There is a prevailing thought in our world today that people are generally good. There is this notion that people aren’t that bad and that we’re getting better all of the time. The Apostle John had a different take on the matter:

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8 (NIV)

People are NOT good. We are, in all actuality, pretty rotten to the core. The events of Charlottesville this past weekend should be all that you need to see in order to know that people are capable of great evil. We’re ALL sinners. When we deny that fact, we are only deceiving ourselves. If we deny the fact that we’re sinners, we also deny the fact that we need a Savior. After all, if we’re not sinners, why do we need Someone to save us from them? If we’re all “good people,” then we don’t need anyone to save us. The truth is that we’re all sinners and we need a Savior. The good news of the Bible is that God, in His great love for us, reached down into our world and sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. He is the only hope that we have.
20
Jul
17

Lying Lips

God, in the Ten Commandments, says that His people should not bear false witness against their neighbors. This had more to do with legal proceedings than with being truthful, but the principle applies. God’s people should be truthful and honest. Solomon wrote about truth and lies in Proverbs 12:

Truthful lips endure forever,
    but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. – Proverbs 12:19 (NIV)

Solomon also says:

The Lord detests lying lips,
    but he delights in people who are trustworthy. – Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)

​God wants His people to be honest and to live lives of integrity. If you are tempted to lie today, consider what the Lord says. He DETESTS lying lips. Don’t make promises you do not intend to keep. Do not lie to your husband, wife or kids. Do not cheat at work. Live with integrity, honesty and character. When we tell the truth, God delights in it and He will reward it. When we lie, we only delay the inevitable trouble we are going to be in when the truth is discovered. So tell the truth today, even if it hurts, and God will delight in you.
04
Apr
17

Grace Talk

When considering how we act toward people who are outside of the faith, we need a reminder from the Apostle Paul about how we talk with them. He wrote:

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

Facebook. Sure, Paul had no clue as to what Facebook would be, but I’m positive he would write, “Let your posts be always full of grace…” My brothers and sisters, Jesus always spoke the truth in a grace-filled way. If Jesus wouldn’t say it or post it, then we shouldn’t either. Screaming and yelling at people who believe differently than you won’t pique their interest in following Jesus. Season your conversations and posts with grace so that people will want to know WHO it is that makes you different. When people are struggling and wanting to know where to turn for answers, will they turn to you because you belittled them and berated them? Or will they turn to you because you spoke the truth in a grace-filled way?
09
Mar
17

Speaking Truthfully

Paul reminds the Colossian believers that they have taken off the old self with its old ways. One of the old practices of the old self is lying. Paul says:

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. – Colossians 3:9-10 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we need to speak truthfully to one another. We need to be known as people of honesty. Don’t lie to your spouse or your children. Don’t lie to your boss. Don’t lie to your brothers and sisters in church. Paul told the Ephesians to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). The old self tells lies. The new self speaks the truth in love. If you are tempted to lie or to perpetuate lies today, remember that you have been changed and it is time to come clean. Tell the truth and do away with the lies.
08
Sep
16

In Spirit And In Truth

John 4:19-24 (NIV)

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

 
It appears that the worship wars started many years ago. The Jews and Samaritans were at odds over the proper place of worship. Jesus says that it isn’t the place of worship that counts. It’s something else entirely. He says that true worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth. Spirit-filled worship of God does not take happen in just one place, such as a mountain or a temple. True worship of God takes place in the heart of every born-again believer in Jesus. True worship is more than just words on a page or a screen. Spirit-filled worship emanates from our souls as we express our gratitude for what God has done and our admiration of who He is.
I think that fighting about worship, whether styles or locations, is about the dumbest thing we do as followers of Jesus. How foolish is it that we think that God is contained in our little worship box? As though there is only one kind of music God likes? As though God can be limited to being worshiped on a Sunday morning at 10:30 (in your particular time zone) in a church building? When we gather for worship, the important thing is not the songs we sing nor the place where we gather with brothers and sisters. It is the attitude in which we enter into worship. Are we there to express our thanksgiving to and admiration of Almighty God? It’s an honor and a privilege to come before Him! We’re beggars and paupers coming before the King in our filthy rags of self-righteousness and we’re going to fight with each other about how we’re dressed or the proper way to sing His praises? Ludicrous! Let us seek to honor and worship Jesus in Spirit and in truth that we may be unified in awe and wonder as to who He is and what He’s done.
PRAYER: Forgive me, Father, for my wrong attitudes regarding worship. I want to worship You in Spirit and in truth. Help me to know the truth and to be filled with the Spirit so that my worship may be pleasing to You. You are good and kind. You have provided all that I need. You are most worthy of praise! Accept my offering of worship and praise today in the name of Jesus, amen.
22
Aug
16

We Love The Darkness

John 3:19-21 (NIV)

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

 
Let’s face it, human beings love spiritual darkness. It’s much easier to hide our lies and our sins in the dark. We hide them from one another and we try to hide them from God. Why? Sometimes we try to hide because we’re ashamed. Sometimes we try to hide because we want to keep doing what we’re doing. If we bring our sins out into the light of truth, we’re forced to admit that what we’re doing is sinful. If we venture out into the light of truth, we know we have to repent. The darkness of sin is easy. The light of truth is hard. 
The reality of the situation is that we’re not hiding anything and we’re not fooling anyone. God sees it all and knows what we’ve been up to. He’s not shocked by our sins. He’s well aware. That’s why we need to step out of the darkness of sin and into the light of Jesus’ love and grace. We may be afraid of condemnation and punishment, but that’s not what we find in the light. We find Jesus in the light and He will not condemn us to Hell because of our sins. He wants to forgive our sins and rescue us from Hell. That’s why He came. Don’t be afraid of the light. You don’t have to hide in the dark anymore. 
 
PRAYER: Father God, help me to step into the light of truth and grace. I don’t want to hide in the darkness anymore. Thank You for your mercy and grace. Thank You for your love and forgiveness. Thank You for Jesus. I love You, God. Amen.



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