A Truth Crisis
"And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." John 8:32, AMP
Today, I want to encourage and challenge you in what appears to be a "truth crisis." These days, people have a hard time knowing what the truth is and an even more difficult time embracing it. Why?
When we accept and embrace the truth, we may have to change. As a rule—because of human nature, ego, pride and selfishness—we resist change. Therefore, we create our own version of truth, so we won't have to change and we can continue to operate in our own egotistical, proud and self-indulgent ways. There is just one problem. It doesn't work!
The reason it doesn't work is because it's the truth that sets us free. It's not "our version" of the truth that sets us free—it's the actual truth that sets us free! If the truth that people claim really was the truth—they should be free as a bird and happy as a lark, right? Statistics, observation and the media will let you know we live in a world where people are not free as a bird or happy as a lark. People are bound…really bound…perhaps more bound than ever!
When we reject the real truth or when we invent our own truth—we remain bound! Just look around at those who claim to have discovered their own truth. Are they free? If you're reading the same headlines I'm reading, we see a culture where people are bound by depression and dependent on anti-anxiety and life-coping drugs. People are bound by drugs, sex, fame and adrenaline addictions they think will fill the giant void in their hearts. People are bound by anger, resentment and bitterness...and they can't figure out why? Not exactly the picture of freedom.
We can't invent our version of the truth and expect it to set us free. In fact, if our version of the truth doesn't set us free, that's inherent evidence that our version of the truth is not the truth! Because, the truth—the real truth—sets us free!
Jesus told us the truth. He told us what the truth was. He made it absolutely clear when He said these two things:
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" (John 14:6, NKJV)
"Thy word is truth." (John 17:17, NKJV)
Jesus is the truth. God's Word is truth. It's simple. When we embrace Jesus, we find freedom. When we embrace God's Word—we find freedom. Notice, Jesus never said He was a truth, He said He was the truth. He didn't say God's Word was one of many truths, He said God's Word was truth. There is no mistaking His claims concerning the truth; He established absolute truth.
Perhaps, one reason the culture seems so perplexed, confused and conflicted when it comes to embracing the absolute truth is because we live in a world that has not given much attention to the source of truth—the Bible. In fact, it is just the opposite. The Bible has been bashed, burned and banished. Therefore, most people are biblically illiterate. People don't know what God's Word says because they don't read it. They don't study the Word of truth; instead, ironically they search for the truth.
I knew a gal once who was on a quest for the truth. She traveled to Bali, read books, burned incense, ate health foods, studied with monks, embraced Buddha, watched Jesus of Nazareth on video and thought she might want to explore more New Age options in search of truth.
I told her I could save her a lot of time and energy and give her a shortcut. She was interested. I said, "Just go straight to Jesus Christ and His Word. If you are on an honest search for the truth—eventually you will end up at Jesus and His Word anyway, because He said He is the truth and He said His Word is truth. So, let me save you some time and money and just go directly to Jesus now." She smiled, but she didn't get it. She may still be searching for the truth. I have no doubt, if she is intellectually, emotionally and spiritually honest, she will end up finding Jesus and His Word—because He is the truth and His Word is truth.
How about you? Have you found Jesus as the truth? Have you read His Word as truth? I encourage you to do so. And, here's the bonus—Jesus promised to give us a truth-guide, the Holy Spirit who would guide us into all truth, when we trusted Him to do so. Eliminate the "truth crisis" in your life; embrace Jesus and His Word. When you know the truth, it will set you free!
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…." (John 16:13, NKJV)
"And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
Say It: “Father, I am so glad that my search for the truth leads me to Jesus and Your Word! I believe it—and I know it: Jesus is the truth. He is my truth. Your Word is truth—my truth. I choose to embrace the absolute truth of Jesus and Your Word and I thank You for helping me to make any necessary changes in my thinking, philosophies, views, opinions, stances, positions and behavior in order to be congruent with the truth of Your Word. Lord, I don't want to be guilty of being biblically illiterate. I commit to reading and studying Your Word of truth and I ask You, Holy Spirit, to be my teacher and my truth-guide. In Jesus' Name. Amen.”
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