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December 27, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | December 27, 2015

Dealing with Truth

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Jesus being the embodiment of all truth knew the consequences of deceit with precise intuition.  That’s why God’s dream for us to be like Christ includes the trait of authenticity — to permit reality and truth to guide our actions.  When it came to matters of reality, He wasn’t shy or composed when the situation demanded it.  Jesus inhaled the present realities as He engaged people and circumstances, and He exhaled truth to address them. Just look at the ways that He suggested we allow reality to interface with our character: 

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell” (Mark 9:43) the hard truth: amputate sin like a cancer.  Be ruthless with it and unapologetic.  If you don’t, it will metastasize to come back, fester, and eventually kill you. That’s a certainty. The hard truth: spiritual actions speak far louder than words.  They are the ultimate marker of spiritual integrity.  If you love someone, you see alignment of your life to their priorities.

The tip of the iceberg is what people see, the mass below it is what God sees. (Matthew 5:27-28) “But if anyone looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The hard truth: thoughts, motives, and intentions reveal who we really are, and behaviors only confirm it.  That’s the real world but you are not of this world.

Let’s get to the truth.  Let me remind you, you are not of this world, you are in it yes, but you are a child of God with all his forgiveness and release of guilt with a mind that has been renewed.  The problem has been solved, accept the gift He has given to you and use it. You are not a casualty; you are walking tall in the power and might of the grace of a God that loves you.

Wow!  How many times do I need to hear this Lord!

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