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Truth and Trust

January 17th, 2014

“This word [from God] continues to work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NLT.

Trust the truth God entrusted to you.

My thoughts and comments today are about “truth and trust.”

Unquestionably, you and I live in a generation of hyper-information. Satellites provide internet, television, radio, and phones that connect us with information that is immediate, in a quantity that is immeasurable, and on a scale that is global. Within that incalculable capacity, your challenge is the ability to distinguish truth from the unending opinions, misinformation, or speculation that abounds.

Every day, truth is assaulted by opinions drawn from little more than personal whim or prejudice, or partial truths mixed with so much error as to leave the truth unrecognizable, or deliberate misinformation that is scandalously untrue. What is true? Where is truth you can believe in? In the shadows and fog of all the noise, God’s Word is a beacon of truth.

At the end of his life, Moses said, “Ascribe greatness to our God . . A God of truth, righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:3-4 NKJV. Moses knew the Lord to be, “A God of truth . . righteous and upright.” Truth is what we need. People complicate the matter of belief, but it is simple really. Either God is true, or what He says is not. But if God be true, His Word cannot be otherwise. See Romans 3:2-4 NIV.

I have observed: “You do not choose what you believe; you first choose who you believe and that choice determines what you believe.” Choose to believe God. ”Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and . . you have known the holy Scriptures.” See 2 Timothy 3:14-15 NIV/Hebrews 13:7 NKJV. Trust the truth God entrusted to you.

Who you know and trust ultimately forms your beliefs and shapes your opinions. From those come your convictions, felt and held deeply. Conviction of truth is not imposed upon you; truth resonates in your spirit and is recognized and embraced by you. I have chosen to believe God; therefore I believe the Word of God is divinely inspired, ultimately and eternally true, and both practical and powerful in its application. See 2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT/2 Tim 3:16-17 NIV.

Paul commended the Thessalonians, “When we preached His message to you, you didn’t think of the words we spoke as being just our own words. You accepted what we said as the very Word of God – which of course it was. And this Word continues to work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NLT. This morning, Paul’s assuring words intrigued me: “. . this Word continues to work in you who believe.” Cherish it; read it; study it, meditate on it, obey it; and trust it. As you do, truth will continue to work deep within your spirit and mind, imparting God’s wisdom and understanding. When you don’t feel it, or see it, or understand it, or wonder if it is, His “Word continues to work in you who believe.”

God won’t quit; His Word won’t fail.“If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard.” Colossians 1:21-23 NKJV. God’s Word continues to work in those who continue steadfast in His Word. See Isaiah 55:11 NIV. When you embrace God’s Word, you release God Word to work until completion. Philippians 1:6/2:13 NKJV.

The Bible is Truth, and in its pages are found the incomparable wisdom and knowledge of God. The Bible teaches principles of how truth is to be applied in practical ways and ordinary situations. Jesus taught that a life that endures remains unshaken by all that changes around you, established firmly upon the Word of God. Read Matthew 7:24-27 NIV.

My prayer for you today is that truth continues to work deep in your heart and life.

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