I want to deal with a very important issue in the body of Christ. The issue is our response to Gods word as it seeks to perfect us.
Our relationship with the truth defines the quality of our relationship with God and the genuineness of our Christian walk, this is important so we are not found living out the Devils script in Zion.
John 17:17. Sanctify them through thy TRUTH: thy word is TRUTH.
John 17:19. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the TRUTH.
TRUTH IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT Gods word is truth, he can do nothing in our lives without it. It is the most precious commodity on the earth, it is the only substance that can transform the human spirit and soul through regeneration of the spirit and renewal of the mind.
One human souls worth before God far outweighs the worth of the all the earths resources put together. The human soul is bedevilled with sin (error, bent of thought, degrees of deviation from truth), only truth can cure it!
The amount of his truth that you have in you is the amount of God residing and working in you. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of active present truth operating in the body of Christ.
TRUTH ISNT HEAD KNOWLEDGE, IT IS A HEART RESPONSE! Many confuse head knowledge of scripture with truth, truth is a heart and life encounter with Gods principles that totally transforms, consistently guiding your life and thoughts away from selfishness and rebellion to love and righteous acts.
SANCTIFICATION & TRUTH Sanctification (cleansing of their souls) is different from salvation (cleansing of your sins), sanctification is the renewing of your mind through the word, it is how you recode your soul 'software' to work with your new spirit 'hardware' this means you renew your intellect, imagination, emotions and motives, truth is our souls 'detergent'.
DONT BE STIFF-NECKED! Many of us unknowingly resist truth... This is dangerous! To resist truth is to resist change and transformation, to refuse to change your thought system (also known as repentance) means you choose to be 'conformed' still with the kosmos (world system) instead of being transformed! This is seen by God as rebellion 1 Samuel 15:22-23
This is the reason why the children of Isreal died in the wilderness and never got to the promised land (Hebrews 4:2) we often condemn them for not obeying God, yet in our own heart and private lives, we also disobey the word... And consequently are forfeiting the promises of God!
WHY DO WE RESIST TRUTH? We resist Truth because we don't like how it makes us 'feel'... as if we own how it should make us feel!
It hurts our pride, and we feel the need to protect our pride more than the need to exalt truth.
The question should ask is "can truth feel 'nice'?"
This isn't possible at our early stages of involvement with it. Because real truth in its very essence is a challenge, it challenges the core of your being to change, there is nothing comfortable about change, because it challenges our sense of security, identity and motives.
With time... however as we get used to it, we start loving it! We start embracing the chastening it brings and welcome the 'rod' and the 'staff' celebrating its life giving ministry to us.
WHAT THEN IS TRUTH? Truth is when we come face to face with ourselves in the light of Gods own word, either through directly reading scriptures, being challenged by Godly relationships or the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH TRUTH?
The human nature always seeks to do the following: 1. Deny it 2. Shift the blame 3. Rebel against it 4. Ignore it
Whereas the recreated human spirit always rejoices in truth and is always eager to reset its own standards to fit the word of God, the carnal nature always try to reset the word of God to meet its own standard...
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF... Are you cooperating with truth or are you rejecting it, because you don't like the sound of if?....If so you are carnal!
Are you seeking to change the way the truth interacts with you to suit your carnal nature.... You are proud!
Are you giving excuses for why you are not able to conform to truth, you might even have someone to blame? ...You are rebellious!
DID I JUST OFFEND YOU? If you felt offended before you even had time to think through whether statements above are true about you... Then it means you have problem with truth...
EAT THE HUMBLE PIE Humility goes with truth, just as pride goes with deception (pride goes before a fall) think of this, the reason the world hates Christ is because they don't want their works reproved! This is the reason they want to bend the word of God to suit them, it is called law-lessness! Don't join them.
GODS ADVICE TO US... 1. Bend your life to conform to truth 2. Receive it with joy whenever it comes at you 3. Don't allow you flesh to give you reasons why cant take it (usually your flesh will say "I could have taken it if not because of how it was said") 4. Seek truth daily by applying the word to your life and submitting yourself to word based accountability relationships 5. Make yourself a vow that you will have allow your own opinions, preference and desires to challenge Gods word
TRUTH IS OUR CULTURE The Ekklesia is the ground and pillar of truth, if there is any place in the world where truth should be appreciated, loved, received and freely disseminated, it should be in the body of Christ, we are custodians of truth, yet many believers hate truth! 1 Timothy 3:15
Remember Gods goal is to make you Good and not to make you "feel" good!, stop misbehaving and start transforming!
THE WORD OF GOD IS THE BOSS!
Posted: Thursday, 9th July 2015