Friday, August 19, 2016

End Your Week Well - The Truth That Sets You Free

Fiction is easier than fact. That's what I used to believe. When I dreamed of being a writer, I always assumed I'd be writing fiction because I thought it would be easier. In a lot of ways I think it would be - I can only imagine I'll be dabbling in that arena as well. But right now that isn't where God has called me.

In the heat of any given moment, fiction ... or a lie ... something that bends or transcends reality is appealing as an escape. Under pressure our focus tends to narrow; fitting for an athlete, but leading to decisions without a thought or care for the consequences. Monday I warned about the father of lies. If there is a father of lies ... where is the truth?

"... If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."- John 8:31-32
God is the author of truth. That may not be what you want to hear. You may not want to hear about the Bible at all. Or you may want to hear that some of it is outdated. Your belief may be that we make our own truth, but I'm here to tell you that if you are writing it the foundation is the dust of your flesh. If you are writing it, it is fiction. Even logic will tell you that it doesn't work that way.

Think about it with me - if we each wrote our own truth, and we each prayed to "our god" who believes like we want to ... what of the areas in which they disagree? To simplify it ... if my truth is that the sky is red, and your truth is that the sky is blue ... assuming we're at the same location at the same time we can't both be right outside of our own minds.



The truth is the sky is God's. Without His truth it wouldn't exist. Every word that comes from His mouth is a fact. If He speaks something that doesn't yet exist ... there is its beginning. You can't get any more factual than that. The best way to irradiate lies is with truth.
"The sum of Your word is truth,And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting."- Psalms 119:160
Fiction is easier for us than truth, and it is impossible for God. I'm not speaking in a riddle "Can God make a rock big enough He couldn't move it" ... I'm saying that if God spoke fiction it would become fact. If God made a rock and said He wouldn't move it, He's not going to move it. Not because He is weaker than His own power but because He is truth. He doesn't break His promises.



Fiction is easier for us than truth because of our sin. We all sin. Not easy to swallow with our accomplishments and superimposed realism; a flimsy guise we're all too eager to accept because it doesn't require us to shift our focus. But without Christ we are bereft of truth.
"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us."- 1 John 1:8
Why would God make the truth a mystery? Why would He allow the enemy to continue to draw us away with shimmering mirages of perfection?

But dear friend, He has not abandoned us. When my flesh clings to the syrupy confection of fiction there is a way. The truth can be buried deep in our hearts where we can hold every illusion up in comparison and be guided in determining what is reality, not based on our own feelings, but on God.

"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me."- John 14:6
He hasn't left us here alone to work out an inexecutable assignment. He has given us a way ... not a choice. Not a confusing array of paths like some convoluted maze only the clairvoyant will solve. One way. A way we cannot achieve or attain. A way that isn't taken from one and given to another. A way available to any who would simply have faith and accept it. It doesn't cost any of us anything - yet He paid everything.


God's truth doesn't stop there. Oh no. Why would He leave His children here to flounder once we've accepted Him if that was all there is to it? Wouldn't He just bring us home? But He not only saves us from the entangling lies, He helps us. He frees us to show others the way we have found. He commands us to show our love and gratitude through obedience and sends us help to do so.
"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."John 14:15-18
That, my dear friends, is the truth that obliterates the chains of every lie we've willingly and unwittingly taken on. That is the truth that sets you free.

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