Archive for January, 2006

What is Truth?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006


What is truth? This is a centuries old question. Every human on earth is on a quest to find truth. We spend our entire lives discerning truth from lies, honesty from deceit, and fiction from non-fiction. I firmly believe that since this quest is deeply imbedded in our souls, when we do find truth we will recognize it and embrace it as life’s richest treasure.

Just before the crucifiction of Christ, Pilate, the Prefect of Rome, made a similar inquiry into truth; “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. ” Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.” [John 18:37-38] It’s a shame Pilate didn’t stick around long enough to get the answer to his question.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” [ John 14:6] “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” [John 8:32] He also said “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” [John14:16-17] “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me.” [John 15:26] “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.” [John 16:13]

Oh so truth is a spirit, it is no wonder then, that it may seem elusive. Yet when we consider God’s love for us we realize His Spirit is not so elusive after all. “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” [I Tim. 2:3-6]

So ” Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” [I John 5:5-7]

So therefore “I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me” [Psalm 119:30] “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” [Psalm 100:5] “He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.” [Deut.32:4] “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” [Psalm 91:4] Therefore, “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” [I Cor. 13:6]


No Fear

Monday, January 9th, 2006

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Fear can be the most subtle of emotions. It is so often hidden behind the facade of other emotions that we don’t even recognize that it is there, at the root of the problem. Many times when I’ve thought I was angry, depressed, or insecure, once I’d done some soul searching I find that it was fear all along that was tormenting me. How often does fear of what people might think keep us from being a blessing to others, or being blessed by others?
At other times fear is obvious. I’ve noticed that it’s usually fear that keeps me from meeting the needs of others. When approached at the gas pumps by a stranger asking for money, it is fear that causes me to roll up my window and drive away. It is also fear that keeps me from helping the stranger broken down on the side of the road, or giving a stranger a ride.
God’s word says that “He who fears is not made perfect in love”. This scripture has definitely challenged me! I am now beginning to understand how, as long as I let fear get in the way, I can never truly be like Jesus. Could Jesus have healed the leapers if he were afraid to touch them? Would he have fed thousands with a few fish and loaves of bread if he were concerned with how he would feed his own?
Let us consider how fear may hinder us in our own lives. Have you ever not helped someone financially because you were afraid you may not then be able to meet your own families needs? Or have you held back because you were afraid that they may not spend the money the way you think it should be spent? Jesus healed sinners knowing very well that they may sin again, yet it is His goodness, mercy, and grace that brings us to repentance.
At last, fear is one of Satan’s greatest tools that he uses against us, to cause us to doubt God’s promises. Fortunately God’s word contains a wealth of encouragement for us to find and use, to stave off this emotion that is so often a stumbling block for us. I’ve searched them out and put them together. Now at a moments notice, I have at my fingertips the sword I need [which is God’s word] to battle fear when it pops up it’s ugly little head.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. [1 John 4:18]

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. [2 Tim.1:7]

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. [Luke 12: 32]

For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [Romans 8:15]

That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear. [Luke 1:7]

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. [Hebrews 2:15]

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me. [Hebrews 13:6]

Thought Control

Sunday, January 8th, 2006


I know it doesn’t snow in Florida, yet sometimes there seems to be a blizzard in my brain. Thousands of thoughts whirling around and around with no apparent order or purpose. Or how about those times when a single negative thought seems to get stuck in there and clog up the whole works?
This can sometimes be mind boggling and confusing. Fortunately Gods word shows us the steps to take to calm the blizzard in our brains. With practice, these simple steps can help us get our thought life under control and keep a sound and pure mind.

First, decide that you are going to take control;
Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.{I Peter 1:13}

Next, realize that a battle rages in your brain;
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds😉 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.{II Cor. 10:3-5}

Then, we must cast out those evil and negative thoughts;
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.{James 4:7}

Finally, replace those thoughts with positive ones;
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.{Phil. 4:8}



Friday, January 6th, 2006


Everybody on earth, at one point or another, will decide whether they believe the Bible or not. Therefore I conclude that either way it may be a good idea to read it, before they decide. Sadly many who call themselves Christians have never read God’s word for themselves. They may sit under a wayward shepherd and believe what he has to say, never questioning a thing, even though we are instructed to test all things and to be aware of false prophets. Perhaps this is why John makes it a point to tell us that; “… the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.”[I John 2:27]

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:”[I Peter 2:2] “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.”[II timothy 3:16-17] “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” [Hebrews 4:12]

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”[Psalm 19:7-11] “Therefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”[James 1: 21-22]

Often people don’t know where to start reading the Bible, or they start at the beginning like I did, only to find themselves caught up in the geneology and legalism of the old testament, which is hard to see as relevant today. Also I’ve found when starting in the New Testament, that the repetition of four accounts of the same story can be a little redundant. I later discovered that when starting in the book of John things seem to flow more smoothly. Not to mention John’s deep insight into the Holy Spirit and the relationship between God, Christ, and man is very insightful and helpful in understanding the other books as well.

So pick up The Word for yourselves. Never mind if You’ve had problems understanding it in the past, God may have since poured a fresh anointing on you. The Holy Spirit will guide you and teach you in all things, just as He has promised. Jesus said, “… the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.”[John 14:26] And, “…If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;”[John 8:31]

There Is a Season

Thursday, January 5th, 2006


” To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
[Ecclesiastes 3:1-9]

Ever since I can remember this particular song by The Byrds has been one of my favorites. You can imagine my amazement when I found out in my teen years that this song was taken out of scripture. Though I was amazed, I wasn’t surprised. I had always heard that God’s Word was a book full of great wisdom. Though, this may have been the first time that I realized that, even I could relate to the truths recorded in it’s pages.

As young as I was, I had lived long enough to observe that life is a series of ups and downs, gains and losses, and joys and sorrows. I wish I could say that at that moment my life was changed forever, that I was filled with an insatible hunger for God’s word, and that I dove in head first to find all it’s priceless treasures.

Well, that didn’t happen until later, but the seed that was planted by my parents was watered with grace and love, as God’s children have shown His glorious light into my life, and the seed grew.

No matter what season we are in right now, we can take comfort in the fact that we have God’s words of wisdom to get us through it. So let us look to the New Year with great enthusiasm. We can face any challenge as long as we keep looking to the source of our comfort and are willing to live by His words. With time, I have come to the same conclusion as king Solomon.

“What profit has he that works in that wherein he labors? I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” [Ecclesiastes 3:9-13] 12/31/05