Monday, April 28, 2014

what I know to be true.

This world does it's best to feed us a lot of information. From the cereal box to our neighbors to the TV, words are constantly being thrown at us. But what I'm learning recently is that we need to be able to discern what is true. If I believed what the cereal box said, I'd be eating Special K three times a day. But I know what Special K claims as truth isn't true for me.

And the cereal box isn't the only one. People are constantly telling us what they believe to be true through verbal and non-verbal communication. Sometimes what they are saying is more true than what we believe, but other times, it simply is not. Therefore we need to be people who know the absolute truth, the unchanging truth that comes from the word of God.

So here's a glimpse of what I know to be true today...

Nobody can love us more than God already does. Nothing we do or don't do will take away God's love for us. 
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. {Psalm 86:15}

The grace of God is not withheld from us. It is undeniable that we need his grace, and he promises to lavish us in it. His grace does not run dry.
For from his fullness we have received grace upon grace. {John1:17}

We were delicately created by God. We are his children.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well. {Psalm 139:14}

The Holy Spirit is working in us. Sometimes we can look at our lives and think we're at a standstill, not growing or becoming. But that is not true. God is doing a great work in us.
And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives are gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become more like him. {2 Corinthians 3:18 MSG}

God choses us, broken and sinful people, to be his instruments. We are far from perfect people, God knows that. Yet he sets us apart to do his work. That is a gift we do not deserve.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which he prepared 
in advance for us to do. {Ephesians 2:10}

Our labor is not in vain. It is for the Lord. Days can be really hard and sometimes it feels like nobody sees the work we do, but our work is for the Lord and him alone.
Whatever you do, work at is with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. {Colossians 3:23}

Where the Lord is, there is freedom. We are not held captive by the way of this world. We are not held captive by the expectations of this world. We are free in Christ.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. {2 Corinthians 3:17}

The Lord is in the smallest details of life. The Lord is in sweet friends having a layover in Denver. The Lord is in laughter at a baseball game. The Lord is in roasting hot dogs over the fire. The Lord is present and active. He loves us too much to not be there.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. {Psalm 46:7}

This isn't just true for me. It's true for you and for your neighbor and for that guy who just cut you off in traffic. It is absolute truth that no one can take away from us. It is the truth that we need to build our lives around, and the truth that can tear down lies. It is the truth that triumphs over all.

Lord Jesus, would you show us truth today. Would you throw away the lies we so often believe and replace them with absolute truth, the unchanging, undeniable truth that comes from you. And may we be a people that shouts your truth from the rooftops. Amen. 

1 comment:

  1. Karlie- I love this post. Last weekend at service, Pastor Troy spoke about Truth. He told this awesome story. "One day Truth decided to go for a swim in the lake, it was a gorgeous day and Truth wanted to feel the cold crisp water. So Truth completely undressed and went for a swim. At this time, Lies came up upon the lake and saw Truth swimming and enjoying God's creation. Lies decided to take Truths clothing and shame him. But he knew he'd be found out. So Lies took Truths clothing and put it on and destroyed Lies clothing and went into town. We Truth came out of the water he noticed the clothing was gone. So Truth walked to town to find his clothing and when Truth got to town naked and bare he confronted Lies dressed in Truths clothing. Lies of course denied what Truth was saying. So as God's children should we believe the Bare Naked Truth or Lies disguised as Truth? Hope you enjoy! Love you!