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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Truth Wednesday- The Foundation of Truth submitted by Anne Morgan

Truth Wednesday

What would you say is the definition of truth?
Is it something that is fact?
Perhaps you see truth as that which has been proven to be real.

Dictionary.com has 12 definitions, each varying in small degrees from the next.
One definition is “the true or actual state of a matter.”
Still another says “an agreement with a standard or original.”

None of them, however, provide the answer we are ultimately searching for - who sets the standard for truth?

When Jesus was on earth He was asked the question “What is truth?” (John 18:38) This was in response to His announcement of why He was born.
Ask any Christian why Jesus came to earth and chances are they will respond “to save us from our sins.” He did, didn’t He? Yes, but the heart of the matter comes from Jesus Himself and is found in John 18:37: “Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

When Jesus stood before Pilate, the Truth was on trial. Truth is still on trial today. The world, and its prince do not want the truth to be heard. Why? Because the truth is what sets us free. (John 8:32)
Satan desires to bind us with his lies. And we fall prey to his deception. Even among Christians the truth is feared. Why? Because sometimes the truth is hard to hear. Sometimes it means we have to change. Maybe the truth expects us to do something we don’t want to do. Substitute the name Jesus for the word truth and you begin to see why even Christians struggle at times with Truth.
To quote Tumnus from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, “After all, he isn’t a safe lion.”
Once you come face to face with the God of the universe, you realize the truth of who you are, of what the world is, and you are never the same. But if you embrace the Truth, like Isaiah, there is salvation and cleansing. And just as Isaiah did, you will say, “Here am I. Send me.” (Is. 6), because like Lucy (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), you know, beyond any doubt that He is good.”
Following the Truth isn’t always safe, but it is - He is - always good.
To follow the Truth, we need to know the Truth.

This weeks challenge: Find out how many times Jesus said “I tell you the truth.” The amount may surprise you!

Next week - “The Cosmic Battle - Reality vs. Illusion”


Tonya said...

I found 78 in NIV and 5 in KJV!
I know the truth is very hard to hear! You are right on with the "have to change" thing. I hate change and I know that the dread of change hinders me from serving God the way I should. Good stuff, anne! Did I win the guess the # thing? Is there a prize? LOL

Shelby said...

78! AND I DID NOT CHEAT OFF OF MOM! I used the side app. for Bible verses. This was good...sounds a lot like something from Sunday School...hmmm..lol

sartinjohn said...

The Bible gateway shows us 78 times I tell you the truth. Thank you Lord for truth.

Randi Young said...

God is truth!


According to Bible Statistics and History, New Testament. The word TRUTH was been used for 269 times in NLT, 228 in the NIV and 224 in the KJV. Very true that the painful truth in our lives is to hear the TRUTH. Sometimes it's even hard to absorb it in our human mind or should I say hard headed mind. But nothing would ever be more painful than accepting the TRUTH. And the TRUTH of the matter is GOD IS TRUTH. We may have so many questions and we wonder why the answers as so few. But there's nothing to worry about, for we are rest assured that GOD KNOWS!

Trina Darling said...

In the midst of this life as we know it, one of my favorite prayers is that God would allow the truth to be revealed. One thing that Anne's lesson brought to mind: even if God DOES reveal the truth, HOW MANY WILL ACCEPT IT??
Very thought provoking!Ü

Tonya said...

Trina..it so saddens me to have a conversation with someone about the TRUTH and have them "dig their heels in" and refuse to hear it. I have had one person tell me "I am not that UN-Saved." And another tell me, "Well, if I am going to hell, I will at least be with my friends." So sad they don't want to hear the truth.

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