John 1:14 The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father , full of grace and truth.
I haven't written in months but He reminded me today that His word is alive and His truth changes us even if it doesn't change our circumstances.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
What is truth? In a world of filters, apps that have the ability to change the way something appears and apps that delete immediately what you sent - do we know what truth is?!
We have technology both at our fingertips and on our desks that allow us to sit behind our screen at home in no make up, wrinkles exposed, food stains on our clothes, tears flowing down our faces and post the most beautifully typed words of our what our life is and yet we hide behind the screen exposed for what is really is.
We post a picture taken several times with several edits of just a few hours earlier at the choir event, band event, soccer event, whatever event with everyone smiling huge and everyone so put together and then we make sure we set our "notifications" to let us know how many people believed the view. In most cases hoping that the more "likes" the more hope we will have , the more validation we will have, the more accepted we will be.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Maybe you live in total truth....well aren't you lucky. The reality is most of us probably try to live truthfully but if we walked around with signs around our neck with everything in our life that doesn't rest in truth ...well we would soon determine it would have been much easier to just pay for a bill board because the weight would be too much.
You see the REAL truth changes things. The truth defined is an indisputable fact. And I want to be the first to admit the fact is some days I get up and I just don't have it in me to listen to one more excuse, to deal with one more problem, to be positive one more minute , to accept my current situation one more hour, to find contentment one more day.... to lift my head one more second, to get on my knees one more minute, to give it to Him one more time, to ask Him for help once again....to feel like I have failed and disappointed yet again.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
We are so used to editing, filtering , changing the "truth - reality" that we have become used to instant gratification. Making something look right immediately. Making someone believe something immediately. But real truth doesn't always work that way. I'm talking about Gods word. It doesn't change our circumstances immediately. It doesn't make the financial situation go away right then. It doesn't erase the heartache. It doesn't toss aside the hardship your facing.
Psalms 119:30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.
We can choose to believe in the truth. We can choose to invade our minds with the truth. We can choose to cover our lives with the truth. And in turn the truth is what brings us closer to the One who not only spoke the truth, wrote the truth but became flesh to bring the truth to a broken world in need of a carpenter. To a sick world in need of a doctor. To a dying world in need of a savior.
Acts 13:55 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
If you read before this verse you will see that the men Paul and Barnabas were sent out to tell others about Jesus and that what they had heard was true because they were witness to it. They encouraged other believers that what God had promised was true and urged them "to continue in the grace of God." (vs43) And when some began to disagree and began to attack Paul he says in verse 46 "We had to speak the word of God to you first."
James 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.
Their lives were far from easy, the obstacles they were facing and were about to face were literally going to take them to their deaths. But they knew the Word of God must be sent out and must be lived out. They knew that truth may not change their immediate circumstances but the truth was going to change lives for His kingdom and that filled them with JOY. Joy in their circumstances.
We can be overwhelmed and our view can be cloudy but one day ....one day very soon....when you meet Jesus face to face that's when we will we truly understand the magnitude of how the Truth sets us free. The truth of His promises , believing what He says , having faith that He is all we need and resting in the truth even when our world is crumbling around us may not be an "immediate" fix to your problems but it is the Hope that reminds us that this world is temporary. It is the strength that carries us to the next minute. It is the rest when we are weary. It is power that can overcome the way we look and face our valley and our mountains. Truth does set us free! Truth does change us even if it doesn't change the immediate circumstances.
I pray you can fill your life with His truth , fill your heart with His truth, overflow your mind with His truth and know that joy will come!!