The Truth Is…..

Truth: (1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true c : the body of true statements and propositions

There are plenty of things out there claiming to be truth. There are many people who have twisted facts to support their own agendas and present them as truth. Television is full of shows and people pushing their opinions and ideologies as facts and actualities. I won”t call out any particular shows, because I want you all to keep reading. Someone I was speaking to recently pointed out the difference between sitcoms these days and cheesy sitcoms of the past. It seems that there used to be a moral learned at the end of each episode, no matter how generic was. These days it seems like the agenda of every show is to tear down every moral out there. I”m not so naive to think that there weren”t those shows back then that didn”t have that agenda, but it just seems so blantant and unapologetic these days.

I”ll leave that behind and move on to make this a little more personal. I have had various lies coming at me from various directions throughout this last week. Things telling me what I”ll never be; things telling me what I”ll never have; things telling me what I am and always will be.

I was headed to work on Friday morning when I was bombarded by thoughts of insecurity and really what I could only describe as a bullying spirit. You know the kind that grabs ahold of your mind and starts hitting you with it; and then it precedes to ask, “Why are you hitting yourself?” I was tired; it had already been a long week, and it saw its opportunity to jump on me. “Hey you remember that thing you thought would happen by now?” “You remember how you totally messed that up over there?” “Don”t you think if God really made that promise, He would have just given it to you by now?” “You”re letting people down, because you haven”t figured out how to do this or that.”

It was beating up pretty badly, and I felt stupid for it. Finally I said out loud, “SHUT UP, it”s just not true. I know better and I”m not going┬áto listen to you anymore.” I wish I could say that was the end of it, but the truth is it”s an ongoing battle to keep those things at bay. Just like everything else in life, I have a choice in the matter. I can chose to listen to the voice that would try to pull me down and steal the words that God set forth even before I was born; or I can listen to His voice of truth, the voice that is calling me to rise above those things.

The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160 NASB)

My struggle Friday morning wasn”t if I was going to be able to go to work and do my job well that day. The attacks were coming against the everlasting, righteous ordinances and truth of His word in my life. They were distorting facts and events to present a falsity disguised as truth, but I knew enough to see it for what it really was, and I called it out.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31, 32 NASB)

The attack Friday morning was fast and furious. In the midst of each blow, I have little doubt that there was one coming that was meant to knock me out. By His grace, I had enough of His word continually dwelling within me. In those moments, I saw the truth; and the truth made me free. I pray that this account speaks to someone out there and provides encouragement. I by no means have it all down, but I was felt alive when I was able to fight back with the Word.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)

4 Responses to “The Truth Is…..”

  1. You’re so right talking about the enemy’s fight–not against us doing a good job or having nice things. He fights against our destiny and God’s eternal promises for us. We can all get beat up by those things. I like to worship in those times. Drowns out the lies being spoken with the highest truth of who He is. Praise silences the foe and the avenger. Jesus prayed for us in John 17, “sanctify them with the truth, Your word is truth.” So be it! Great reminder. Thanks Philip.

    • philip says:

      The important thing is having the ability to recognize it when it comes. I have allowed myself to be bogged down too many times when it’s so not necessary. Worshiping is definitely a way to see it uneffective. Thanks Jason!

  2. Calen says:

    This is right on! I was ready my theology book this week. It was the section about the devil and how he is the accuser. This stood out to me in such a clear way that he is trying to keep us from our destinies. He doesn’t play nice. He tells is those specific lies to keep is from the very plan that go have for us. But, thank hod for the Spirit of Truth that leads us into all of the truth!