The word of God speaks truth! It may be truth that we have not experienced or understand, but God’s word is truth. Truth is the reason Jesus said he came, “For this cause I was born and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone that is of the truth hears My voice.” John18:37 b
God Himself has spoken and given us His written word to guide us, teach us and to be an example to us and yet, we still allow life, family, culture and society to tell us who we are and how to live. When life does not go as we planned or when there is lack, sickness or chaos, many will ask, where is the love of God? Life experiences are teaching and shaping their minds and opinions and not the word of God. These are things that seem right to a person but only lead to destruction and disappointment and they are not His truths.
Jesus came to tell us the truth of who we are and to set us free from the mindset of a fallen world system, culture and society. In this worldly system there is division, hate and an evilness that is in conflict with the things of God. Some people want to blame God for the wrong and evil that is in the world but they have been trained by a world system that lies and distorts God’s truth. Jesus came to show us God’s way of life and truth, which will equip us to fight the good fight of faith! That fight is to believe the word of God and not the lies of this world. Our fight is not with evil men or with the devil, he is a defeated foe. Our fight of faith is to believe God, to bea His image of love and to come against every lie with His truth.
We will determine what truth we will live by as our choices and decisions reflect our beliefs. Life experiences, family, culture and society teach principles and precepts they want us to believe and live by. They want to speak louder than the truth of God’s word. This fallen world system wants to tell us how to live our lives, what is important and define our worth based on our race, culture and or finances.
Many may fall into that trap of assessing their worth, value and quality of life based on a lie that tells them they are failures and how bad and sinful they are. The true Gospel of Jesus tells us that we are valued, a pearl of great price, because of God’s love for us. He sent His Son Jesus to pay our debt that He may redeem us back unto Himself.
When we constantly think about how bad and sinful we are and that we will never live up to God’s righteousness, then we focus in on our sin and see ourselves as worthless. This is a lie from the world to get us to think we are bad. So as a man thinks, so is he in his mind. The trick of the enemy is to get us to think we are worthless and think bad of ourselves and thereby open us up to all types of negative suggestions, thoughts of failure and sin.
The truth of God’s word says we are made the righteousness of Jesus and thereby we can see ourselves as good. Though we may not be perfect at all times, we are good because we believe in the completed work of Christ, not our experiences. The world would label us according to the deeds and actions of our past but God has called us a new creation and the old things are passed away.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. KJV
Which truth will we live by? Truth as defined by our experiences and this fallen world’s opinions or will we let our life be defined by the love of God and the word of God? This western world culture wants to define God’s love and the Christian life without challenges, hardships and struggles. This is not what we see in God’s word. Most every servant of God or prophet had adversity, tribulation and persecution and yet they endured. Though we have the benefit of seeing their lives lived and completed with victory, they did not know the end of the story but their faith in the word of God and not their circumstances enabled them to live transformed lives. Even when they were disobedient, God used their failures to teach, train and transform them into His image and their created purpose.
When the chaos of life ensues, then we must choose to trust the truth of God’s word, the truth of Who He is. No matter the situation or the outcome as we see it, God’s word is true. God is working all things out for our good.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesu might be made manifest in our body. KJV
Consider the truth of God’s word when you enter into challenges and tribulations. Know that God is with us in every situation and He has a plan and a way for us to escape. Though we may be troubled on every side, perplexed and cast down but we will not be destroyed when we see every challenge met with God’s supply. All of life’s situations have provisions made by God. All those who believe and trust in God will allow their truth to be defined by the word of God and not be defined by their experiences.