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Monday, September 8, 2014

What to Do with Biblical Truth

In review of Colossians 1:23 it says, “You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”

Bottom Line:
Continue to believe this truth and be faithful on a firm and sure foundation. Never allow yourselves to be shaken from the hope you have gained when you heard the gospel.

What this means to me:
I am to Continue to believe in and stand firmly on this truth. It provides a firm and sure foundation. I should not allow myself to ever be shaken from the hope that I know (Jesus died for me.)

In discovering the truth in God’s Word, there are four things I need to be sure that I do:

1. Believe it. Colossians 1:23 says, “You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News” (NLT). The Bible tells me to believe the truth and stand firmly in it.

2. Do what it says. Truth is not just an intellectual exercise. It’s something I do. I practice, apply, live and obey it. I am to start doing what I already know. The Bible says in Philippians 3:16, “We must hold on to the progress we have already made.”        

3. Stand for it. The Bible says that I “must always stand for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:8). I should never be ashamed in a postmodern world that says it doesn’t really matter. I am to stand for truth. The Bible tells me my responsibility is to never oppose the truth but to stand for it at all times. I need to be a person of truth in this relativistic age.

4. Spread it. 3 John 1:8 says I “must support believers who go on trips like this so that we can work together with them in spreading the truth” (GW). This means I figure out where God is working, and join him there. It means I go when he tells me to go and serve where he tells me to serve. I am to obey God, so that I can help spread the truth.

Titus 2:7 says, “Let everything you do reflect your love of the truth and the fact that you were in dead earnest about it” (LB). Overall, there’s a lot in the Bible that I don’t understand. And there’s a lot there that is likely to be uncomfortable for me. But the fact is, it is the truth. I will commit to always letting it lead me where I need to go, and telling me what is right.

Today I pray, “God, I’m stepping across the line today. Jesus Christ, I want to believe you are the way, the truth, and the life. I want to know the truth so the truth will set me free. I want to believe it. I want to do it. I want to stand for it. I want to spread the truth. I’m in. I’m putting my trust in you. In your name I pray. Amen.”

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