Monday, June 24, 2024

A Difference Between Knowing and Acknowledging

A Difference Between Knowing and Acknowledging 
by David Brenneman 

‭"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32.
Pretty much, most of this world at least, has heard the line from a certain famous movie "You can't handle the truth!".

My Wife's got a friend that often says "I know that's right!".

Still others that we all have met in life we would describe as not knowing what truth is if it came up and introduced itself. 

A very powerful promise of God in Christ Jesus for you and I is His truth, which contrary to the teaching of the world, is the absolute truth. Satan's tactics are to twist all teaching from Preschool to 12th, all years of College, all post-graduate studies, the indoctrinations in the workplace into his ideas on what is truth. 

All social media outlets, all movie, television, music, streaming, sports, are twisted into what Satan constitutes as his truth. 

The only authoritative word is the Word of God, protected by the Spirit of God.  

All words of mankind can and will be manipulated to tell versions of truth.  

‭"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When we need to know the true perils of right and wrong, to know with beyond absolute confidence what is right and wrong, we need a rock solid standard.  

There is only one. God's Word, the Bible.

We cannot trust even what we hear on Sunday Morning's. We should be following along and following up on what's taught in prayer with Jesus. 

Our opinions on God's word do not alter the facts that God's Word is never changing. Because we don't want to accept it, doesn't mean it's in error. Doesn't mean that we have some fictitious power to ignore what parts we disagree with. 

A show of hands...who wants to argue with the Author and the Perfector of your faith about how you think He made a mistake? That His Word doesn't entirely apply to today's world? Hmm? Anyone?
Didn't think so. 

Our life in Christ is to be a progression of learning the truth of God from His Word which is eternal. 

If Jesus says of Himself that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, so is His written word which is for our instruction. 

‭"Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come." 1 Corinthians 10:11.

Our daily, not "when we make time for it", life is to include time in the Word of God. My Dear Reader, Jesus made time to leave Heaven, live a sinless life, to be beaten, tortured, nailed to a cross. To take your sins upon Himself. In order to make it possible for the veil to be removed between you and Jesus. For Him to save you. To be the leader of your life and the forgiver of your sins. To firmly establish a relationship between you and Jesus that all the powers of Satan cannot separate. 

‭"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39.

In our world, many millions are trying to find their own way to Heaven...all will fail. 

Thousands have recently died who were making a pilgrimage who did not find God upon death.  

‭"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:20-21.

Jesus said plainly for all to understand, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Him. John 14:6.

My Dear Reader, your time in God's own truth, the living Word of God, is as important as breathing. Charles Spurgeon was once asked which was more important. Praying or Bible reading. He replied "Which is more important, breathing in or breathing out?". You cannot have one without the other. 

One of the ways Jesus wants to talk to you is through reading His Word. Make the time to find out what He has to say to you. Then, in prayer, tell Him what you learned, what you think you heard. 

That's growing in Christ. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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