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.

ARE YOU REALLY THANKFUL?

How many of us really consider what it is like to be thankful? We all have so much compared to others. We need to sit down and take some time, more often than we do, surveying our lives compared to where we used to be.

Where would any of you be today if God had not intervened in your life? He has been there more times than we know or realize, for most of us.

In the past, some of us have lived a pretty hellish life. Others haven’t. Yet we all started out as sinners. Psalm 32:1 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”

Are you thankful today that your transgressions are forgiven? When was the last time you told God how thankful you are for His forgiveness? So many of us wouldn’t even be here today if God’s amazing grace hadn’t been spread upon our lives, even though we didn’t deserve it.

Does God’s word remind us that He sent His only Son to pay an awful price for our sins so we could have another chance to escape from the pit we were in?

Lamentations 3:55-58, “I called on your name, O Lord, from the lowest pit. You heard my voice. Do not hide your ear from the sighing of my cry for help. You drew near on the day I called you and said ‘do not fear.’ O Lord you have pleaded the case of my soul. You have redeemed my life.”

God has been faithful to you. Have you thanked Him today? Some of us may not have been as low in the pit as others. But no matter where we were, God heard and came to lift us out. Have you told Him “thank you” lately?

THE TIME IS NOW

Many people say that they are a Christian, but how many really know how to trust God? I believe most are getting ready to find out. At no other time in history has the stage been set in order for this. Every person who really believes they are a follower of Christ may get put to the test.

God always has a plan. Even though everything else may be uncertain, God is not. Faith requires that you trust, and if your faith can’t be tested, it can’t be trusted.

God is, right now, beginning to set people in positions and places like never before that will serve His greater purposes. He won’t waste time with those who are half-hearted. He’s got a plan, and it is going to come to reality in these days ahead. God knows who He can really count on. Is that you or someone else? Are you really going to put all your effort into obeying His plans, or will He have to look somewhere else?

God’s not going to waste any more time because time is now running out. Today is the day to prepare. You are going to be called up if you claim you are a Christian. You are going to be put to the test of just where your faith is or is not.

For the time is now, because the times are changing quickly.

A Christian’s Spiritual Life

Anytime I see a Christian with little effect in their life or constant struggles, it is because they have disconnected somehow from the Holy Spirit’s help. The work of the Holy Spirit is a continual work, and a Christian’s life should have evidence of an ongoing work and a more powerful life coming from that work as they grow in their Christian walk.

There is no limit with the Holy Spirit. That’s what made many a great man or woman of God. It is because they wanted to know more and were willing to be open to what God wanted to do and how they could participate.

Jesus spells it out in the book of John 14:1-12, “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 the Father.” Then Jesus says how this will happen in verse 16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

And Jesus again reminds us in verse 26 this word, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” You have the words of Jesus who said that He would send you the Help you need in time of trouble or sorrow when you’re faced with any situation.

THE HIGHEST PRIVILEGE

Many owe their life today to prayer because somebody prayed concerning their life in some way or they wouldn’t be here today. You want to see more people in the church? Now some of you think we need a big advertising program or some big promotion campaign or to add a program.

No, the real growth of this church is going to come from prayer. Real church growth comes only from its people who will get serious about praying and seeking a visitation from God. Much growth in churches many times is only superficial because programs and events or promotions only can build a crowd. But if you want substance then it is going to require you praying.

It is through prayer and praise that we bind and loose sin’s captives. Prayer makes the most unlikely thing a possibility. Intercession knows no boundaries, no limitations in its path. No wonder then that the enemy labors to blind our understanding concerning prayer. For the average believer, prayer is merely a required formality, a means of spirituality.

Real prayer originates in God. It is the activity of His nature. The Christian life has nothing to do with the possible but the impossible. The cross has not only opened free access to God but has also inspired contact with man. In prayer, distance is nothing. God anticipates not only our needs but our prayers. Praying people can tell you of answers that must have been on the way before they put their requests into words.

Just how serious are you about the things that are really serious to God? You see, we are never higher than when we are on our knees. Prayer is the highest privilege, our greatest responsibility, and the greatest power God has put into our hands.

HE ONLY ASKS

God only asks His people to obey and to live for Him. But He will not make anyone obey Him, and God will not ask any of us to do something we were not created for or be something we are not created to be.

It is the people that try to readjust their position because they don’t like the way God has done something. It is not that people aren’t prepared to do what God created them to do. It is because they want to do what they want. This is what brings problems into society because what you do, good or bad, affects other people’s lives, regardless.

Some people are not ready when God calls them to step up. They are unprepared; they miss opportunities that heaven set up. And the kingdom of God isn’t effective as it could be because of spiritual negligence. Now this doesn’t mean God’s will doesn’t get done. It means the people that God created to be used in His plans have chosen not to cooperate. They’ve chosen to be more in control of their lives than letting God be.

God doesn’t make mistakes; people do. God doesn’t change His position. People change theirs. God doesn’t change His purposes for people. People want to re-adjust to their own ideas and desires. And we are all guilty of it in one form or another. But it doesn’t mean God is finished with us. It means God still wants to do something with our lives if we will let Him.

God can fix any problem you have through genuine repentance. So we can become good witnesses, good examples. God can and wants to fix our broken and rough areas so He can use us more.

GOD CAN BACK UP HIS WORD

What God’s word says is truth. God means what He says, and He does back up His word, and He expects His followers to know His word and live by His word.

We rarely know what God is going to do in the future, and right now the future is very unstable, but God expects those who claim Christ as Lord to trust Him, regardless of what they see happening. To stick with Him, not to compromise when times get tough (and could possibly get tougher); He expects those who claim His name to live by faith and trust Him and not the government or some other group.

God is bigger than this world and nothing is just happening by chance. God’s children are being tested by faith right now for the position He can trust them with in the future. Think about that.

What does Job 23:10 say about those who call themselves children of God? Listen to it: “But He who knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” God grows His true followers through trials. God will pour His love into those who desire to serve Him. God through His Holy Spirit will guide us, no matter what obstacles get in your path. God will move mountains for His people, when need be.

What is required to get God so involved in our lives? Serve Him, put your whole life (your entire being) and future in His hands. They are more than capable to help you every day, not just now and then.

HOW ARE WE RESPONDING

Every day there are more than 153,000 deaths in the world, and the number is growing as the days grow more evil. In the Unites States today nearly 7,000 die every day. Some of them we may know, but what about their soul? How concerned are we? People are dying and are going to hell more than those going to heaven. And here we are. How are we responding? Jesus said He came to save the lost. Are we helping His efforts? Are we concerned enough to put other things aside and pray and witness?

It may not be very pretty at times. But sin never is, and battles are hard fought with Hell to get captives set free. Time is running out for some people. Who are they? Most don’t know that their time is almost up. But God knows, and He expects us to be about His business.

There is only one hope: Jesus. He alone is the way to salvation because He alone went to a cross and gave His life willfully so you and I could be saved. For the Christian, this world is the closest we will ever get to Hell. But for the lost, this is as close as they are going to get to Heaven.

Listen to what Hebrews 10:26-27 says: “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Verse 30-31: “…The Lord will judge His people. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

A surrendered life to Jesus is the only eternal hope anyone has.

WHEN TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT

Now that may sound silly, but let’s look at the facts. People don’t generally like truth if they’re violating it. There are some who don’t know truth because they’ve gotten so accustomed to not speaking it. Some tell lies so much that they begin to believe they are truth.

Twisting, discrediting and watering down the truth has become an art. This is where we are now at in society. People may know there is truth about others, but they are willing to turn a blind eye to truth because they’ve got so used to hearing and accepting lies.

Truth, in its real form, is becoming rare. In fact, someone could hear the truth and swear it was a lie because their consciences have been seared by deception and delusions. This world is in terrible trouble because truth has basically, in many forms, become irrelevant. In other words, “Who cares?”

Well I can tell you who cares: God. He despises lying and is not going to accept half-truths. It is going to bring big consequences. The Bible specifically says liars will not enter the eternal kingdom of God. It goes for me, you or anyone else. People are not going to plead ignorance when they know truth yet go around it.

The results will be very disastrous. The truth is not irrelevant to God. You either tell the truth, or you’re plainly just a liar. And there is no quarter found in God’s kingdom for those who choose this method of talk.

A MOST INTERESTING STORY

Bethlehem: It was there that Samuel searched through all of Jesse’s sons until David was revealed to be God’s choice and anointed King of Israel. It was also on these hills outside Bethlehem David would defend his father’s sheep.

Bethlehem was also special because the shepherds in the field of Bethlehem raised lambs for the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.

There shepherds “would wrap the newborn lambs in swaddling clothes” and place them in a manger “until they calmed down” to keep them “without defect,” suitable to be sacrificial lambs for the sin of the Israelites by the priest.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesus was called the Great Shepherd, born in the place of Shepherds. Jesus was born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes as the sacrifice for all mankind’s sins, all by the appointment of God to be the priest for all mankind.

Isn’t it interesting how God Himself ties together history and prophecy bringing together a picture to help people understand, if they choose to see it, that what He has done and is still going to do awaits us every day.

The Bible is a most interesting book that brings together stories of the past and makes them real for today. It is never outdated because it always reveals and knows the future.

GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING

You and me, all of us, are valuable to God’s plans being carried out here on earth. Our lives hold a special purpose and there is only one way to find out what you are to do. God holds the plans, Christ is the way to them, and the Holy Spirit is the guide in how to follow them properly. To be able to live our lives in the realm of who God is, we need to get a better understanding of God. Who does He say He is?

Isaiah 55:11 says,” My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God will, regardless, accomplish His intended plans for the future.

God lets us know there is no one like Him. He has sent angels out to devour whole armies. He has created water to feed a million people from a rock. He has provided quail from the sea. (By the way, since when did quail live at sea?) Only God can do such things.

The God who made you made every one of us. He is concerned for you and me and our involvement with Him really depends upon the depth that you decide you want to know Him. There is nothing this world can throw at any of us that God has not already calculated. Satan is no match for God, or for one of His children that faithfully serve Him. You have power available when you serve God.

There is no height too tall, no pit too deep that your Father in heaven cannot ascend to and help you at any time of the day or night at any place you are at.

God loves you. He is for you if you will let Him have control of every aspect of your life. You won’t have to go it alone. God is big enough to take care of your every need.