Saturday, April 25, 2015

Truth is Life-Changing

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
 that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,
 which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world,
 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." 
Romans 12:1;2

Did you know that if you come clean with reality, your life will be transformed? Daily exposure to absolute truth enlightens the mind. It changes the nature in which we process circumstance. We think differently, we feel differently and we act differently. To think, feel and act is to live. When these three aspects are transformed, we can define truth as life-changing. Do you desire to think differently about certain unlovely people in your life? Do you long to feel content with the work of your hands and secure in your future which is in His hands? Do you wrestle within to act as one in whom the Lord delights? Reconcile your life with the truth.
Until death you embody a sinful nature. So you may as well just wait for death; why struggle against something inseparable in this life? (Study Ecclesiastes) Why? Because of love. In the weakness of possessing to two natures (old sinful/new righteous) we can more clearly see God for Who He is-- and others can see Him through our weaknesses too. "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you." II Corinthians 4:10-12 You see, our lives are designed for God's use and we can exemplify this through our interaction with others. Our interaction with others either confirms or denies our love for God. Please note that nothing you ever do will increase or decrease God's love for you. "The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people." Deuteronomy 7:7 "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 ''But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Titus 3:4;5 Furthermore, nothing others do will ever increase or decrease God's love for them. We as Christlike children of God should never set our affections toward them according to their actions. Why is it then that we should act like Christ? If we cannot increase God's love for us by what we do, why struggle? We do struggle because we simply love God back. Our actions are the ultimate response of what we love. "We love him, because He first loved us." I John 4:19 Like a child that tries to help his parent and in the long run causes more work for the parent, so are we before God. We are incapable of helping God. God did not create us to help Him. He created man with a free will to chose himself whether he would please or displease God. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6 Who would want a robot to worship them? That would practically be mocking. However, if an individual soul wills to trust, obey, love, and worship-- that is something profound! When there is evil to be enjoyed but righteousness is chosen, that is unusual, remarkable. What in the universe and beyond could be so cherished that all sinful forces are refused? God.We can only love Him because He first loved us as a sacrificing Father, an interceding Son, and a sanctifying Spirit.

I opened with the statement that truth is life-changing. All of us have different errors in our minds and because of them we continue thinking, feeling, and acting in error. Sin has our eyes darkened. But God be thanked that in the process of sanctification, we can confirm truths that make our relationship with God (and others) a miracle. For me, one of those truths was the reality that I can glorify God in doing something small, insignificant, and monotonous if I did it in the right motive, the motive that I love Him so much that I love those He has placed around me. My actions are rooted in what I ultimately love. He is not calling me to be Jim Elliot, Corrie Ten Boom, or George Washington. He is calling me to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly wherever He leads me. Believing that truth causes me to think about motives, not a title of fame. That truth causes me to feel satisfied in God, and yet longing more of Him. That truth makes me to act more loving in seemingly unimportant situations. That one truth changes so much in my life.

From tortured to triumph, truth is life-changing. Separation from God is the greatest problem resulting from sin. This is caused by the lie in our hearts. Only through truth can we be reunited with God. Without it we do not know reality. We as fallen mankind do not know God for Who He is. "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." II Thessalonians 2:10-12 Seeking ones can acknowledge His existence. Saved ones can trust His gift. Sanctified ones can break forth in discoveries of Who else He is. There is no conflict so great that the applied truth of God cannot quell it.

Through the ages many people, Christian and non-christian, proclaim,"The truth will set you free!" Few come to the context and perceive that truth is only found while abiding in the Word of God.  "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed'." John 8:31-36