Do you love truth? It is not up to us to decide what truth is...it is up to God, since He gives it. It is a powerful gift from above. So, I am not talking about reading something in a magazine that rings true for you and loving IT. NO. I am asking if you love truth so much that you won't accept any substitute.
So whatever it turns out to be you will accept it...and you have the humble attitude that even when you think you've found it you hold on to it with an open hand - and not inside a tight fist as though you've attained and now have all the light you need! NO. Because when the truth has done what it was sent to do, it is then you will have found the truth!
Because as you closely follow Jesus and what He taught...then the truth that you find there will do more than just sit in your head...Jesus said that it will set you free! So, essentially, you can be saved...and still not be free. However, Jesus wants to be more than your Savior, so He bids you come closer, follow His teachings and therefore be exposed to the truths you will not find out there trying to make sense of things on your own! He wants you to abide (live, cling, remain) in Him!
John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Isaiah 55:10-11 "For just as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and
do not return there without watering the earth, making it bring forth and
sprout, yielding seed for the sower and bread for eating, so will my message be that goes out of my mouth— it won't
return to me empty. Instead, it will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the
purpose for which I sent it."
Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper
than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the
heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden
from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and the truth laid bare before the eyes of him
to whom we must give account.
Barnes Notes on The Bible: That truth has power to show what man is, and is like a penetrating sword that
lays open the whole man; compare Isaiah 49:2. The phrase "the Word of
God" here may be applied as the "truth" of God, however made known
to the mind. In some way it will bring out the real feelings, and show what man
1 Cor. 4:1People should
think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God's
mysteries. 2Managers are
required to be trustworthy. 3It means very
little to me that you or any human court should cross-examine me. I don't even
ask myself questions. 4I have a clear
conscience, but that doesn't mean I have God's approval.
It is the Lord who
cross-examines me. 5Therefore, don't
judge anything before the appointed time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will
also bring to light what is hidden in the dark and reveal people's motives. Then
each person will receive praise from God.
sisters, I have applied this to Apollos and myself for your sake. You should
learn from us not to go beyond what is written in Scripture. Then you won't
arrogantly place one of us in opposition to the other. 7Who says that
you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn't given to you?
If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren't a gift?
The truth that saves you!
A number of years ago some representatives of a cult came to our door, and during our conversation I asked them how they helped people know God. I actually asked this several times because each time their answer was pretty much the same...- they would do bible studies with them, invite them to church and give them literature about God and so on.
So, in their mind learning about God by trying to gain specific 'truths' would save them. Altho, years later I asked one of their followers if he knew he was going to heaven. His answer was slow in coming...but then he said, 'No, I guess I really don't'.
Because how would we know, that we know or practice enough 'truth' in order to be saved??? This is sad, because God made it pretty simple to find that one truth that saves us!
2 Thess. 2:10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love the truth that would save them.
14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man comes to the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 There is no salvation by anyone else, for there is no
other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved."
The truth that IS you!
Everyone has a story. Yes, because everyone has a personal history of living and being. Your story is your truth. Only you and God fully know it. Your truth only belongs to you and God, no matter who you are. Your truth consists of ~ You! So, this means you and no one else has any right to your body but you and God. If I ever talk about rights, this is it! You and I have a right to be on earth just merely via the fact that we were born and we ARE here!
Therefore, we are also allowed to live and thrive, have a private life and make the decisions to follow God (or not) without manipulation, because God made it this way...and this is no matter the mistakes we have done, or what we believe, or what we look like...there is no one righteous, no not one...so, we are all in the same boat so to speak.
The only way someone else has a right to take any charge of my life is if I have deliberately #caused harm to someone else's rights...this includes gossip, slander, shunning, raging against, meddling and of course manipulation to just name a few.
#Side note here. I am not talking about experiencing inconveniences, or the ofttimes need to be flexible and getting toes stepped on, no...because this happens merely by living around other people.
2 Tim. 1:12 For this reason I suffer as I do. However, I'm not
ashamed. I know whom I trust. I'm convinced that he is able to protect what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
1 Thess. 5:23 May the God who gives peace make you holy in
every way. May he keep your whole being-spirit, soul, and body-blameless when
our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
1 Pet. 4: 19 Therefore let them also who suffer according to the
will of God in doing good, entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful
*That which I have entrust unto him-Greek, "my deposit"; the body, soul, and
spirit, which I have deposited in God's safe keeping (1Th 5:23; 1Pe 4:19). So
Christ Himself in dying (Lu 23:46). "God deposits with us His word; we deposit
with God our spirit" [Grotius]. There is one deposit (His revelation) committed
by God to us, which we ought to keep (2Ti 1:13, 14) and transmit to others (2Ti
2:2); there is another committed by God to us, which we should commit to His
keeping, namely, ourselves and our heavenly portion.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as
certain even of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
SO, what do we do with these three truths?? I submit these truths in your life and my life are so immensely valuable that we must treasure them...and to the point where we must be careful with whom we share them with and how. But this will be for next time...