What is Truth?
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).
What is truth? This morning I read an article in the daily newspaper that was supposedly the “real” truth about an incident that happened recently. Was it? Or was it another opinion?
Some people lie outright or tell only some of the facts. Some withhold information and give a false impression. Sometimes, people remain silent when they know the truth. Is there anyone we can believe anymore?
And, we have to admit, at one time or another, we all have been guilty of telling lies. Some times because we are unaware of the facts.
Phillip Keller, in his book, What is the Father Like? wrote that what God says is absolutely true because He is the embodiment of all truth, and all truth through all time has its source in God.
He reminded me in his book, that truth is constant and unchanging. God’s truth remains the same from age to age, generation to generation, no matter how things change. God’s truth will set us free – if we act upon it. If we ignore it, our life can be wrecked – broken hearts, hopes, homes and even countries.
If our lives are centered in God’s truth, He is able to renew our minds, calmly guide our emotions and activate our will to tell the truth. His presence brings truth and can bring a magnificent purifying influence on all our life.
The Lord Jesus, the Truth, can restore our soul, heal our diseases, preserve us in peril and make us live in peace. To live life not believing in absolute Truth robs us of the stability He seeks to give to us. We can trust God to be absolutely truthful because He cannot lie. The more we are centered in Him, the more we will become like Him – more truthful.
We sometimes wonder if what we are told by others is the truth. With God, we never have to wonder. He is Truth.
Do you know God? He is absolute Truth and totally reliable. If you sincerely desire to know Him personally, you can PRAY the following prayer and He will come into your life and become your best friend.
“Lord Jesus, I thank you for your love and that you came into the world to die for me. I confess that I have directed my own life and that I have therefore sinned against God. I now want to put my trust in you and receive you in my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins. Make me the person you want me to be. I thank you that you answered my prayer and that you are now in my life. Amen.”.
Lies We Believe
“For he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44)
God is Truth and speaks the Truth. Satan lies and is the father of lies.
A few days ago, over a breakfast meeting with a friend, we were discussing the awesome miracles of God. We both felt so privileged to be called to serve Him. During the discussion, we also touched on fact that the enemy keeps whispering lies into our thoughts, trying to stop us from serving God.
Satan seems to know our weaknesses and he attacks our minds in those areas. For example, I told my friend that Satan often begins to tell me, “You are too old to put up another website. People will laugh at you for building a website. What do you know about the Internet? You will not be successful.”
But God tells me, “In your weakness I am strong. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. I called you and I will be faithful to do it. Because I am your shepherd, I am everything you need.”
Years ago, Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, International explained this battle for our minds this way. As Christians, we have both a spiritual nature and a carnal nature, and each has its own channel. Our spiritual nature listens to the Holy Spirit channel, while our carnal nature listens to the enemy channel. Many times a day we have to decide whom we will listen to: the Holy Spirit and truth, or the enemy and lies. We make the choice.
When the enemy begins to torment you with lies or tries to make you feel unworthy, turn the channel of your thoughts to the Holy Spirit channel and begin quoting Scripture to yourself and the enemy. That is what Jesus did when the enemy taunted Him and the enemy had to go away.
Remember what the Psalmist said, “Your Word have I kept in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Memorize and keep the Godly affirmations handy (see the Related Article below). When the voice of the enemy would have you believe lies, quickly turn your thoughts to God’s truths.
Father God, You are Truth. There are no shadows with You. You are Light and Joy. Make us alert to the enemy’s lies and turn our thoughts toward heaven. We love You. Amen.