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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.

Psalm 118:5 ” In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid.”

For many, the bondage of fear stops us from being able to move forward with life.  We long to be liberated from the paralyzing emotions, but feel there’s little we can do to change.  But if we’ll take the time to study a few Scriptures, we’ll discover that God has already made the way for us.  It starts with this verse in Psalms.  When I cry out to the Lord, He answers by liberating me from the terror I’m going through…in other words, setting me free from its control.  And this freedom from fear can only be found in the truth of the Gospel.  For Jesus declares to us in John 8:32, ” If you hold to My teachings, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  There can be freedom from doubt and fear, and it starts with the saving revelation of the Gospel Message.

Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Even within my lifetime I’ve seen this huge shift of what we consider right and wrong.  And with the advent of mass media, the Internet, Snap-Chat, YouTube, and Hollywood…we see our societal mores slowly morphing into something our Great-grandparents would be appalled at.  But this blurring of ethical principles and practices didn’t happen overnight…for it relied on man’s pride,  rebellion and apathy to flourish.  So now we sit, so desensitized, we don’t even react anymore to what we know is wrong…but if we do, we’ll likely find ourselves being chastised for being intolerant and narrow-minded.    Job 24:13 warns of this Spiritual blindness…of evildoers who rebel against the light, who don’t know its ways or stay in its path.  I ask Heavenly Father, that we would be enlightened by Your Word, and that You would illuminate our minds with Your truth,  that we may be able to discern right and wrong correctly.  Amen.

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.

Genesis 1:3-4 ” And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”

The diversity between bright sunshine and complete darkness is a stark contrast.  In bright sunshine, we can walk confidently, even in unfamiliar terrain, for we can see the path we’re following and the obstacles around us.    But when it’s total darkness, we struggle to make our way…stumbling, falling, and lurching along…fearful of the next step.  Isaiah 42:16 speaks of this, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.”  Allow the God of light to illuminate your path today with truth and wisdom.

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.