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II Samuel 22:31 ” As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Is God’s word sufficient?  Do you believe it is inspired and without error?  I just completed 30 hours of classroom instruction in Biblical Counseling where the central objective was, Yes it is!  The Bible attests to its sufficiency in that it contains everything we need for salvation, trust, and obedience in God.  Within God’s word we can find flawless truth to build our lives upon (John 17:17) and guidance to help us navigate throughout that journey. (Psalm 119:105)  But for those who think the Bible doesn’t pertain to modern times and situations…sin started in the Garden of Eden and continues to today.  You can go ahead and hang all kinds of new names on it, but sin is sin…it’s rebellion against God.

Ephesians 1:17 ” I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may know Him better.”

You’ll find there’s two different and distinct types of wisdom out there today…worldly wisdom, and Godly wisdom.  Worldly wisdom is of man’s making.  So it’s no surprise that it’s full of ego, arrogance, and selfish ambition…with a motto that reads, “Look what I’ve done!”   While Godly wisdom is full of humility, mercy, and peace…and always is seeking God’s perspective and counsel in all matters both big and small.  With worldly wisdom we become unteachable, but with wisdom from above, we are continually growing into the person God wants us to be.

Hebrews 10:26-27 ” 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.”

God’s divine viewpoint is true truth.  It is the redemptive revelation, or saving truth we receive when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  But God’s truth is also uncomfortable, and makes us squirm as we face the unlovely parts of our life.  So it’s much easier to water down and bend God’s truth than to change ourselves.  That’s why we’re warned in II Peter 2:20, that when those who know Christ but then become entangled and overcome by sin are worse off at the end than when they were at the beginning.  For there’s only one form of the truth, and when we intentionally embrace half-truths to make ourselves feel better…it’s still sin.

Isaiah 42:18 ” Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see! “

We all spend our lives searching for it.  But when we’re confounded with it, we usually don’t like what we hear or see.  What is it you ask?  It’s the Truth.  The truth is sobering, straightforward, and serious.  It’s what we don’t want to hear or see, so instead, we play mind games with ourselves, pretending it doesn’t exist.  But the truth will remain the truth, regardless of what we want to think…and God is really good at revealing it to us.  What we have to do then… is accept it.

Galatians 4:16 ” Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

Sometimes, the truth hurts.  It’s not that we don’t already know we’re on the wrong path…it’s when it’s brought to the light of day by someone else that we squirm.  For when someone is bold and loving enough to confront us openly and honestly…we need to not react, but to listen.  It’s called speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).  It’s genuine love, not wanting to wound, but sincerely desiring spiritual growth in the other person.

Isaiah 2:5 ” Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

Walking in the light of the Lord is so much more than how we behave in Church…or what we say, or don’t say around the Pastor…or how we can quote Scripture at Bible Study.  No, walking in the light of the Lord is more a lifestyle…a way of life of putting others before ourselves, of speaking truth and wisdom in difficult situations, and of doing the right thing…even when no one else is looking.   Rather, walking in the light of the Lord is manifesting the enlightenment of the knowledge of God into everyday living for His glory.

I Corinthians 13:6 ” Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

We have become so accustomed to hearing half-truths, falsehoods, and the spinning of the account to serve ones self…it’s hard to identify truth from lies now a days.  Selfish love deliberately mixes truth with falsehoods to best serve the present situation.  They conveniently leave out details that might incriminate or point the finger to them…having no regard for others.  Selfish love is only interested in its own welfare…not caring how it may impact another person.  The love of Christ is glad to tell the truth…the correct and accurate rendition…not the sugar-coated half-truth that might get us out of trouble.  Also,  unselfish love doesn’t have to remember what story was told to who…if it’s the truth from the beginning.

Ephesians 6:14 ” Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…”

It tells us here to stand fast against the enemy, but unless you’ve prepared for battle ahead of time, the enemy will  have you for lunch.  The belt of truth is that solid foundation of doctrinal knowledge of God’s Word…It’s His unshakable, unchangeable, everlasting truth that we need to gird  our heart, soul, and mind with.   Our belt of truth also holds all our weapons in place around our waist… weapons that are always at the ready.  Finally, this belt of truth  girds us with the power and authority of Jesus Christ to stand firm against anything the enemy throws at us.

I John 2:10-11 ” Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

I love nightlights!  I’ll admit I have at least 8 spread throughout the house, casting their subtle radiance so I won’t trip and fall in the dark.  God’s truth is like a nightlight into our darkness…showing us His way so we won’t stumble.  But when we choose to not live by the light of His truth, we are easily deceived and blinded by lies that only foster hatred and distrust against our fellow-man.  When we love one another, the light of God’s truth illuminates situations, obstacles, and personalities for what they really are…exposing hurting hearts and revealing with honesty how we’re more alike than different.

Colossians 2:2 ” My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ…”

You may have been like me…your parents took you to Church every Sunday, you participated in activities at Church, and you even memorized Bible verses.  You had lots of head knowledge about God…but it never migrated south to your heart.  It wasn’t until years later when I had a very personal encounter with Jesus, that my life was changed forever.  So what happened?  We can go through life knowing “about” something, but it’s not until we come to the full comprehension and experience it for ourselves that it’s made real.  When God reveals the spiritual truth of just who Jesus Christ is to us and that He died for our sins…there is no longer any confusion.  For the spotlight of truth shines brightly onto our wretched lives, and we see ourselves for what we really are…a sinner needing salvation.