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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Show Me the Truth"

Date published: 11/06/2017
1 John 3:18-20 “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” (NIV)  

   This passage of Scripture provides a plumb line for being in the truth.  Jesus is truth and His truths are revealed in the Word of God. As you passionately seek Jesus in the Word, you will be led into the truth through the Holy Spirit. Every Christian should hunger to live in the truth. Truth is transforming in your Christian walk, but not always apparent.  The clarity of truth can be clouded by one’s heart, which Jeremiah 17:9a says is unreliable: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” (NIV) You can better understand truth by working backwards. God says that untruth will be revealed in your heart. You only read your heart clearly when by faith you are obeying God’s leadings. You only know God’s leadings when you are passionately and intimately seeking Jesus. Now reverse the process of living in the truth. You are confronted with a predicament. The clarity of the predicament will only be revealed out of your relationship with Jesus. Your response is guided by faith and obedience which takes you into truth. Belonging to the truth allows you to experience more of God by producing fruitfulness that points to God. 

   A vibrant relationship with Jesus tunes your heart and spirit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is out of your relationship with Jesus that truth and untruths are known. Another teaching in this passage is the importance of action and not just talk. God calls you to be fruitful in 1 Corinthians 4:20: “The Kingdom of God is not about talk, but action.” An apathetic position makes you vulnerable to inaction causing you to miss the fruit that God desires you to experience by working in you as well as the lives of others through you. Each day prime yourself for God’s action in you. Pray into each day with Proverbs 20:27 by asking God to reveal His will and work in you, “The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.” (NIV) Live in the expectancy of seeing God’s revelation of truth, so you might not only walk in it, but also experience the living God! 

     1 Samuel 14:6 “Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, ‘Come, let's go over to the         outpost of those uncircumcised fellows.Perhaps the LORD will act inour behalf. Nothing    can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.’”(NIV) 

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