Tag: the word of God

The facts aren’t always the truth.

img_2077

Facts don’t always equal truth. Even when you see evidence of the facts all around you. 

Something else needs to be considered when evaluating the “evidence”.

Truth.

Life’s circumstances may try to declare your physical demise and financial despair; all the while supplying you with limitless commentary on just how awful God is.

Facts as you see them.

But facts are not the final word as long as truth is allowed to have a voice. 

Elisha and his servant were minding their own business, when, from out of nowhere they were surrounded by an enemy’s army.

The servant had gotten up at the crack of dawn and turned on the coffee pot. As he stuck his head out the front door to see if the morning paper had arrived, he noticed soldiers and horses everywhere.

Quickly slamming the door and shoving the deadbolt into place, he ran to Elisha’s room.

“Elisha! Quick! Look out the window! We’re dead meat for certain!”

Closing the curtain, and turning to face his servant, Elisha said, “Why? What’s the problem? The facts declare we’re hopelessly outnumbered; but the Truth says something entirely different! Truth is telling me there are more for us than against us.”

“Huh? Are you still asleep, Elisha?”

“Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17 NLT)

And so it is with every child of God; everyone who has received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

Facts may say, “You might as well give up! You can never conquer your addiction, or failure, or experience the abundant life Jesus promised.”

Truth says, “God is not a man that He should lie. Every word is backed by heaven’s power and God’s integrity. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

We have a choice to make. If there’s ever a discrepancy between what we see or what we believe, are we going to listen to the facts or the truth?

And if we’re having trouble distinguishing between the two, maybe it would be a great idea to spend more time studying the truth.

Because the facts aren’t always the truth.

What are your ears itching to hear?

image

Don’t you just love all the wonderful options we have these days where churches are concerned?

I mean, gosh, somewhere there’s a church, television show, or a website proclaiming a message someone wants to hear.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3 – 4:4 NKJV)

The word “fables” is translated from the Greek word “mythos”, meaning – a tale, myth, fiction.

Many stories sound nice, but nice doesn’t necessarily equate with truth.

Christian folklore won’t raise the dead, but may harden someone’s heart.

Although a “church” may be known as a Christian hotspot, popularity isn’t necessarily an indicator of God’s approval.

In fact, if you’ll take a moment and remember all that you’ve read in the Bible, you’ll recall the majority is almost never right. The majority is typically found opposing God.

Truth isn’t always a popular thing.

At the Tower of Babel, the majority was wrong.

The residents of Sodom and Gomorrah were wrong, though they were loud, demonstrative, and in the majority.

The majority follow good marketing hype, popular opinions, charismatic personalities, and anyone who promises a great life with little investment or trouble.

“All you need is to believe in yourself, and you’ll have a life everyone else will envy.”

Truth is sometimes hard to handle. The Apostle Peter remarked that some of Paul’s writings were difficult to understand. But he reminds the reader to remain steadfast in the truth, not being led away into error. (2 Peter 3)

If you don’t abide in truth, you’re giving in to error, myths, and “Christian” fables.

In short, if you shun truth because it “doesn’t bear witness with your spirit”, you’re settling for a lie.

So what are your ears itching to hear?

Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”

It is very difficult to listen to the Spirit of God, and understand what He is saying, if we’re focused on something else.

No, I don’t want to sit and listen to gloom and despair, or how bad things are going to get before Jesus comes.

I’d rather not listen to a prophet who only speaks of judgment.

But I do want truth. I NEED truth.

And so does this world, whether they know it, or believe it, or not.

Truth may not give a person goosebumps, but it can enlighten one’s darkened spirit.

Truth won’t bow down to presidents or kings, peons or paupers.

It never yields to opinion polls, Twitter followers, or Facebook friends.

Truth doesn’t care who’s listening; it’s the same in season and out.

Truth is always relevant. Fads and fetishes are not.

What are your ears itching to hear?

“How can I tell the difference between truth and error?”

The word of God is truth (John 17:17).

Anything which doesn’t line up with the whole counsel of God is error.

“Mostly true” is error.

If you’re determined to hear (and speak) truth, don’t be surprised when people mock you for taking a stand for truth.

“We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19 NLT)

And don’t be surprised to learn the majority of the world, unfortunately, will not repent of their rebellious ways.

“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12 – 3:13 NLT)

One last time: what are your ears itching to hear?

You’d better know the answer…

A Matter Of Faith 

IMG_7418.JPG

I recently asked my Facebook friends “Is the devil real – yes or no?”. 

Overwhelmingly their response was yes.

Okay. Does that mean the devil IS real?

No. Public opinion doesn’t make a thing true or false. 

If YOU asked YOUR Facebook friends the same question, yours might respond in a different way.

Back to my question: “Is the devil real?” What are the possible answers?

1. Yes

2. No

3. Maybe yes, maybe no

What if I asked, “Is God real?”
Same choices.

Truth is truth, regardless of whether you, I, or anyone else believes it.

And truth is truth whether or not you or I know how to prove it.

So, is the devil real?

Let’s go through our choices. Starting with, “Yes, he’s real”, how might that truth affect us? Will it change the way we act? Should it?

“No, he’s not…” I mean, really. If we were to find out the devil isn’t real would that change our worldview?

Maybe you are of the opinion that no one can know until their life is over. But if you wait until that happens, what then?

There are people who claim to have seen the devil. Others claim to have seen God, Jesus, angels, demons, and Elvis Presley (while visiting Branson, Missouri).

I’m not going to make a big deal about what someone claims to have seen. Why? Because none of it matters, where faith is concerned. 

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV)

I believe the devil is real. I also believe he’s a liar, a killer, a thief, and grade A jerk. Why do I believe that?

Because, and only because, I believe the Bible. 

 

It’s simply a matter of faith.

 

I believe the Bible is the Word of God. It is His revelation to mankind regarding His holiness and our sinfulness. It reveals His character and our lack thereof. It also reveals the way His undying love reached out for you and I, through the cross of Christ, and our woeful attempts to reach Him by being good enough.

I believe in God and I believe in the devil. Better still, I believe God and what God said about the devil.

Someday each one of us will find out, in no uncertain terms, exactly what is true or false. But until then, we must choose what we’re going to believe.

That could make all the difference in the world and the hereafter. Because, like I said…

…it’s a matter of faith.

“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 ESV)

%d bloggers like this: