TRUTH VS POWER

What is truth? Well there is only one source. What is power? Again the same answer, that is, if you want to believe truth. There are many definitions of power. Many I’m sure believe it has to do with money and position. Well that is half the truth. Position is the right answer if it’s placed with the real source of truth.

There is only one place where truth begins and the only source that keeps real truth alive. “He who knows God, hears God. He who is not of God does not hear. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6.

People over the centuries have lied but this has grown worse over time until today where lying is just a very common way of life, especially those with what we look at as power. There has been many an empire and political system built on lies. Yet they will eventually crumble and truth will still be standing. The only way to address deceptions, misquotes, half- truths or whatever word you want to use which means lying, you can.

But it is only truth that is going to stand in the end. Today there are some, but few it seems, that will speak truth against the powers of the day that lie when and wherever they feel like it. Truth in a person is becoming more rare but it possesses great power against all others. And those that choose to make telling lies a habit will have no place in heaven and that is not my opinion. That is the truth from God’s Word. And the Christian has the greatest of all power when they live their life in the truths of God’s Word.

WE HAVE BEEN TOLD WHAT TO DO

The day in which we are now living demands that the Christian who cares about the lost or about God’s plans and God’s purposes stop doing what they believe and do what God says. God says what God expects from those who say “I am a Christian. I am a follower of Christ.”

Though our earthly body perishes, our life will continue in the place Jesus went to prepare for all that would ask forgiveness and make Him Lord.

Jesus said in John 14:1-3; “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

To believe that Jesus is the true Son of God and to accept His life and sacrifice for our sins, will lead you from this life to eternal life with Jesus.

We cannot be saved by works but by repentance and the mercy extended to us through the life of Jesus. He came to heal your sickness, your wounds. Jesus came to mend the broken hearted, to save the souls of the lost and to bring them to His Father’s kingdom.

Jesus has told His followers what to do with their lives, to serve His purpose and has given His followers great abilities to use on His behalf through the work of the Holy Spirit. We find Jesus saying this to us today so that we may move from our past and take our place as His true sons and daughters.

GOD DESERVES A BETTER TESTIMONY

A while back we entered into a building expansion. The start kind of sputtered along. We’d get a little ways then stop. During that time we had a man come in for a few days at different churches to speak of his years of experiences as a missionary among the cannibals and head hunters of Papua New Guinea. Some of his experiences are told in a book called “The Pineapple Story”.

He looked over our work at the radio station and said these words, “God sure deserves a better testimony than this”. These words would not get out of my mind. I thought of them day and night and decided God did. So with only $65,000.00 we started out to build to see what God would do if I would try to give Him a better testimony and 8 months later the project was finished. The cost was $155,000.00. Yet we never borrowed a dollar, never went into debt. God provided. God gave us a better testimony.

This makes me think in America around 70% of the people claim to be of the Christian faith but of course this is only a claim or America would be much different in its morality and Biblical practices which are to be much more prevalent than they are today.

What about you? Do you consider yourself of the Christian faith? Does God have a testimony of His likeness in your life? Jesus gave us the example, the pattern to follow. As God’s only Son there is no other pattern to compare you to.

What kind of testimony does God have with you among your friends, neighbors, and family? Does not God deserve a better testimony if you are going to claim to be a part of the Christian faith, is your testimony showing that in how you are living life day by day?

IF YOU LOVE ME

It has been said that there are those who truly believe in God and then there are those who believe they believe in God. It is the wise person that allows God to use their life daily more for His benefit than their own. Nobody is committed to you like Jesus Christ is. He died for you and made the pathway to heaven. Just follow Him. Obey His word, live as He lived to help others find their way to His Father. And Jesus is the only way to His Father’s Kingdom.

Jesus had this to say in the Bible, John chapter 14, verse 15; “If you love me keep my commandments.” Jesus is committed to love you no matter if anyone else does, to stick it out with you until it is time to leave this earth. And even then He will be there to assist your final step into heaven. He has promised to never leave you and when you put the world aside and look, you’ll find help from His Holy Spirit who has been given to those who follow Him.

So when you don’t know what to do, God knows. And He will let you know through His Spirit that you are never alone when He dwells with you and will be your helper as you have to walk through this life.

When love is stretched, commitment holds firm. When love is challenged and becomes difficult, it is one’s commitment through Jesus Christ that will be the anchor.

THE VERY WORD WE NEED

People can do all the exercising or eat food supplements, diet, take tablets, be a vegetarian or have a regimented schedule but still the human body responds only 25% to these areas. 75% of the Body responds to the spiritual intake more. So what then are you feeding your spirit, apart from your physical body? How much time and effort are you putting into the 75% and into the 25%?

Your life, your body, your character, your attitude, your success and your failures will reflect that which is most important to you. Folks, I have no hope in this world. But the hope I have is in what Jesus Christ can do in me still and what He can still do in you if you’ll let Him. Take your refuge in God’s word. Ask Jesus to again fill your heart to do what your life was created to do and fulfill the reason you are still here.

So to live by faith in the word means to live in faith to God. If a Christian really wants to grow as a Christian then they must have a familiarity with God’s Word. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17; “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Most Christians should know what the great commission is and yet, 55% in the church today don’t. What we are now witnessing is a society, and in some of the churches, a lack of, or ignorance of, Biblical knowledge. Scripture contains the very word of God and it is always for now, it is relevant to this or any other culture. The Bible is alive because God is alive. There is absolutely no limit to what God can get accomplished because faith comes by hearing and applying the Word of God.

HIS BOAT STAYS AFLOAT

Today across America, around the world, all over the land there is a great storm brewing, the greatest storm that some of us may ever face. God has not been asleep. He is awake. He knows what is happening. He knows who is behind all that is going on and He knows who is participating in it. There is nobody that is getting away with anything. God sees. He understands. He is going to help His people and He is going to deal with His enemies.

God’s boat does not sink, but the world’s does! God’s boat survives all the storms because Jesus is the captain and the storms have to cease when He speaks. God’s ship is unsinkable, fully capable of going through the worst of all storms. It might be battle-weary but it stays afloat and sails us home while all others sink in the turmoil.

You may be facing a storm now. If not, there may be one later. It doesn’t matter when or where. God is in charge over all. That concerns you, because as a Christian you are His. Storms, cancers, enemies, any kind of attacks, all have to cease and desist when Jesus speaks and rebukes them and the Christian needs to step up and speak forth the word of God and live it in front of the world.

The Christians do not serve some make-believe God, made of earthly material, or some animated or mythical legend. The Christian serves the eternal and maker of the universe.

God is God. “I am that I am” He said, and He has given this world its chances. Many continue to mock Him. They live lives contrary to His word and it is coming to a head.

OUT OF THE RUBBLE

You can rest secured in this life when your life is truly attached to Christ Jesus as your Lord. It is He that overcomes the world and it is you who can as well. For some of us there have been sorrows and disappointments. We’ve had struggles with the places in our lives where it could have been only God who ever got us through.

Regardless whatever you ever have to face in life, you’ll never have to on your own. When you walk with Jesus, He has promised that He always would be here. He’s just as close as the mention of His name. Jesus has provided for His born again people the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit, which again is another aspect of God. The Holy Spirit of the living God is here to guide us every step of the way.

Now that Jesus has become Lord of all, He never fails us. He can do incredible things. He’s proved it over and over that nothing is ever impossible where Jesus is invoked into the matter. God doesn’t ask us to speak for Him. He really wants us to live for Him amongst a world that mocks Him. God asks us to live for Him in the face of opposition to His kingdom and do it in boldness, yet always in love.

Jesus told all of His followers in Hebrews chapter 13 verse 20 that He will never leave you or forsake you.

Many a song has been written, many a life has been changed, kingdoms have changed, and leadership overnight has been defeated by the stroke of just the hand of God moving. And today it still moves just as well as it ever has.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

They happen all the time, for wherever God is miracles are possible because with God involved all things are possible. You cannot have a lot of miracle working power of God without faith. You must have faith to believe. God will show that He is at work even if you don’t understand.

When Jesus came, He brought the miraculous with Him. Before that the prophets were used and then Jesus started it all with twelve ordinary men just like we are. The miracle working power of God came through Jesus and was given to any of His followers who desired to be used of the Holy Spirit to serve His kingdom.

Remember every person that God chose to use was once a sinner saved by the grace of God just like any other true Christian is. Jesus loves to work in weakness, in people who have little to no power in themselves but are willing to be used in a powerful way when called upon.

We must be seeking more from God if we want to be effective for God. If you want to make a real difference as a Christian, you can. Jesus set the example countless times in the scripture of the power of how God used Him to impact the world. And then when Jesus left what did He say? The words are recorded in John 14:12 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

You have God’s word that you can do great things so the question is, do you want to be used more by God? Do you want those words to become true in your life?

The Christian is the only connection for people to see the hands and feet of Jesus in action. If you do not try to be used by God, you never will be. But if you surrender your total life to Christ Jesus, your possibilities are endless.

GOD HAS HIS STANDARDS

Some of you may know what a plum line is. Others may not. If you’ve been in the construction business, this will make sense. When building anything, you need to be even; square a corner of a foundation which must be the same length from one end to another in either direction. By doing this everything else that is built on this foundation will stay square and even. This is what is called “plum”. Now a plum line was an ancient tool and still is used today in some building that has a string and a bobber type of weight that holds the so-called plum line to square on the corner edge.

The Bible speaks of a plum line in Amos chapter 7, verses 7 & 8. This is talking about a vision the prophet Amos saw from God concerning the fact of the nation of Israel’s continued sin. Here is what the two verses say, “Behold the Lord stood on a wall made with a plum line with a plum line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plum line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘Behold, I am setting a plum line in the midst of my people. I will not pass by them anymore.’”

Because of the nation’s continued rebellion to God’s ways and the gross sin of the people, the nation was not found right with God.

Today America, as well as other nations, are finding themselves the same way and the Lord has the plum line out and is finding that the people no longer measure up to His standards. Without the plum line the structure is no longer safe that this nation is building on.

Without repentance to the major architect of life (God) for how we’ve built society, great will be our fall. Man’s standards will not hold up to God’s.

WILL YOU STAND FOR FAITH

Will you serve God or man? In the days that have been dark in the past, God has used a man or woman to be His light in a dark place, but you must be willing to stand up and show up.

Today God is looking to men and women who will step up for such a time as this, those who will now step up in the pulpits of America and proclaim the truth of God’s Word. Some are going to be surprised by old friends and church family and even in people with close family relations from neighbors to children you may face with some difficult times with people who will side against you. The Bible tells us they will.

Listen to 2 Timothy 3: 1-5; “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; having a form of Godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

What about those who may lose business deals, promotions, maybe lose your job or position on your job? People are now going to be put in the position to make some very interesting decisions about what they truly believe. Politics, court battles, law suits are going to do little good until people decide to break this onslaught of sin with repentance, prayer and a lifestyle of righteousness and return to holiness.

Some say we can’t turn all these people around. Well, what about your life personally? How serious are you about changing yourself? More people interested in the world than following God’s instructions, not being salt and light – this is what’s got the country in the shape it’s in.

The days are changing rapidly before us. Will you choose to start being more faithful to God.

THE INFLUENCE OF THE LAND

There is a great demonic influence in the land. There is big trouble brewing. But this, in no way, intimidates God. God is not going to back down to the culture. His work, His power, and His wisdom have been established and God is looking for those Christians that will step up and take their position.

The church today, the Christians, the 10% must not back away from society’s difficult discussions. The Christians have the truth, the only truth. If the Christian does not engage society then society’s discussions will only gain a stronger foothold of their own humanistic positions. 70% of Americans claim they are Christians but what we have today is cultural Christians who look like the world’s population more than those who are Biblical Christians according to God’s standards.

Far too many people believe in the principles that good people, that good works, being a conservative or going to church will get them into heaven. Jesus says in John 14:11; “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.”

You have the word of Jesus, you have His promises, you have what He has offered you and God’s looking to you. The rest is what will you do in the days we now live in? You were by God created to live in the day you now live in, like Esther, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul and Peter did. What are you going to do for the God that created you?

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18; “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Regardless of the day, God’s word prevails, His ministry will stand. It is the same for today as it was yesterday.

The call has been sent out. Who will answer it? Who will support the gospel where you can’t go or do what you can’t do? The scripture says that God looks for a person who will stand in the gap. Does God deserve a better testimony in your life?