“Your truth and my truth may not be the same” or at least that is what Satan would like us to believe. The sad reality is that many people even in the “church” would agree with this statement. Too many “Christians” are already doing what God tells us not to, which is to, “exchange the truth about God for a lie (Rom 1:25a)” and worse yet, “not only do them (sins of a debased mind), but give approval to those who practice them (Rom 1:32b)” Jesus drew very clear lines in the sand when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” With this one statement Jesus drew the battle lines; its God’s Truth or hell. There are no ifs, ands or buts in this proclamation. 2 Peter 2:1 tells us to be aware that there are and will be false teachers who is quietly and subtly bring untruth into the church and try to bring others with them to their destruction. All too often we seem to be watching out for the big, bad Anti-Christ that we don’t notice the termites in the walls; when the truth is, “the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already (1 John 4:3b).” The fact of the matter is the only way to combat a lie is to know the Truth. So how can we know this truth? By spending time in God’s Word, which like God, Himself, is true. The psalmist writes, “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path (119:105)”, if you learn what God has to say to you in the Bible it will light your way to the truth. When Jesus dealt with temptation from Satan in the desert, what did he do? He quoted scripture. If Jesus felt the need to use scripture, why in the world do we feel we can just ignore it or throw out parts we don’t like? Psalm 119 tells us the mind of Christ, “I have hidden your word in my heart so I might not sin against you.” So again if you want to stand firm in the truth you must learn the Truth from His Word and trust that the Holy Spirit will “teach you all things (John 14:26) and guide you in all truth (John 16:13).”
Holding fast to the Truth will not make you popular with the world, Jesus himself tells us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated me first. John tells us not to be surprised when the world hates us (1 John 3:13). This may seem like a bad thing, but the Lord says, “Blessed (fortunate and filled with joy) are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” You are fortunate and should feel joyful when this happens. One way to think of it is from the mindset of men and boys, when you survive something and get left with a “battle scar” you hold it up as a trophy, a thing of joy. Persecution and affliction are our battle scars. It helps us to know when we are on track, if the culture as a whole loves or celebrates what we are teaching we need to double check ourselves look back into God’s Word for His Truth. Do you really know why Jesus tore a strip off the Pharisees at every turn? It was because, though they started off with good intentions of bringing God’s people back to Him, they put themselves in authority over scripture. They sat down with the scriptures and decided in somethings that God didn’t go far enough and in other things that God didn’t really mean what He said. The moment you go into the Bible to see how it confirms your agenda or try to adjust it to help you draw more people into the church you are doing exactly what the Pharisees did. You are not God and only God has authority over the Bible.
This is a call to all those who claim to believe, if as 1 John says you don’t walk (strive, practice being) in the light you lie and do not live by the truth. God tells us in no uncertain term do not exchange the truth for a lie! For anyone who obeys God’s Word, God’s Love, the one and only true love (see 1 Cor. 13), is made perfect (complete) in them (1 John 2:5). When the going gets tough remember this is expected and trust that “the Joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:10).”
Stand strong and know that God is standing with you!
” The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”