Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What is Truth?

Deborah, I have something to tell you,” I hear my Savior say as I read His words in Luke 7:40. The risen Christ desires to talk to me.....and you. Am I listening? Are you listening? Can you hear Him speaking? Open His Word and your heart and receive the truth from Jesus Christ who is the Word (John 1:1-5). “   Your name    , I have something to tell you,” says Jesus.
Who do you listen to? What words grab your attention? Words can give life and they can bring death. Some words are just noise, empty and lifeless. Some words prove to be true over time and other words are definite lies. Words come and go like the winds of change, and they blow all around us as they have done for hundreds of years. Do you follow the latest philosophy of the world or do you believe in the truth of the Word of God that stands the test of time and continues throughout eternity?
The world gives us many words in many different forms through many different people. Some give us cause to listen and others we simply ignore. Believers in Christ live in the world like everyone else, but Jesus says believers are not of this world. Instead He claims they should be kingdom-minded, believing on the Word of God. Take a look at these two words: WORLD & WORD. They are very similar except for the letter L. Let’s say the letter L stands for the lost. Now look at the two words.....the lost are in the world, but they are not in the word which is truth. Jesus Christ is the Word (John 1:1-5) and He is the TRUTH (John 14:6).
Too many times those of us that believe in Christ try to make the words of Jesus compatible with the truth of our reality. We should instead reconcile our reality with the true words of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself stated that He came into the world to testify to the truth and He said that everyone on the side of truth listens to Him (John 18:37).
Jesus came to earth to glorify His Father in heaven and accomplish His mission (John 17:4). But before He left earth, through His death on a cross, He explained all things to His disciples. He gave them truth. They didn’t fully understand it at the time, but Jesus promised to send a Helper, the Spirit of Truth or the Holy Spirit, to guide them in truth and help them to stand firm on His words (John 15:26).
The book of Acts begins with Jesus returning to the Heavenly Father after His resurrection. And true to His Word, He kept the promise He made to His disciples and sent a helper, the Holy Spirit, to strengthen them and give them full understanding of the Word (John 15:26). Once the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they powerfully stood on the word of God, performing miracles like Jesus and spreading His gospel of good news (Acts 2-3). 
When we receive the Holy Spirit, we too will gain understanding of the true words of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then we will be able to bring Jesus into our reality, and by listening to Him, we will know truth. What is truth? The truth is the word of God and Jesus Christ is that Word. Hear and believe the word of God.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)
Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Isaiah 8:20 (NIV)
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31 NASB)
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:6 (NIV)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV)
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Revelation 3:14 (NIV)
The words of Christ Jesus to His disciples before His crucifixion are recorded in John 14-17. He spoke truth to His disciples and He told them about things before it all happened. He speaks those same words to us that will believe on His name, and even though we read it in hindsight, these words are for our future as well. So read His words and know truth. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is speaking to you and me. Are you listening? 
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37 (NIV)
“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.” John 16:1 (NIV)
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear” (John 16:12).

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Mark 13:22-23 (NIV)
Are you deceived by the words of the world or are you able to discern the truth using the Word of God? The quote, “A lie repeated enough becomes the truth,” is often attributed to both Vladimir Lenin, the first Premier of the Soviet Union, and Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda. The original basis of Lenin’s and Goebbels’ thought is believed to have come from William James, known as the father of modern psychology, who said, “There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” These men deceived many people and led them astray. Scripture tells us about such people.
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:18 (NIV) 
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (NIV)
On the other hand, there are people like Dr. Billy Graham who desires to speak truth. In fact, during the month of November he has been delivering what the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is calling his "last message to America."  A billboard over Times Square in New York City tells the story: "With all my heart, I want to leave you with truth." (If you haven’t already, click on these words and visit his website.) So again I ask: are you deceived by the words of the world or are you able to discern truth? God’s Word is alive and that Word is Jesus Christ. Don’t be deceive by flattery and falsehoods. Believe in and stand on TRUTH.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

“The words of God which you receive by your ear, hold fast in your heart. For the Word of God is the food of the soul.” ---St. Gregory I

“The best protection against Satan’s lies is to know God’s truth.” ---Anonymous
“Everyone may be entitled to his own opinion, but everyone is not entitled to his own truth.” ---Doug Groothuis
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 (NIV)
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 (NIV)
Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
Psalm 86:11 (NASB)

Listen to truth, live in truth, and speak truth! You will hear from Jesus and be blessed by God!

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