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February 1, 2016

What Makes Truth Truly True?

In January I spoke about lies: what they are and how they show up in our lives. Then we explored how the lies can be detected and the truth applied in the areas of what we believe in our marriage, faith, and calling. These were a general overview of how my “Rebuilding YOUR Foundations” Journal works.

I defined lies and how they present themselves to our hearts and minds. The next logical step is defining truth and what makes truth true. Only when we understand what truth is and why it is true, will it benefit us in applying it and living by it.

Truth is:

  • God and whatever flows from Him (John 14:6; 17:17)

  • Knowable (John 8:31; Romans 12:2)

  • Unchangeable (James 1:16-17)

  • Transcendent (John 15:12-15; James 1:18)

  • Powerful (Psalm 119; John 8:32, 17:17; Ephesians 6:10-20)

Truth is NOT:

  • Subjective

  • Based on my opinion

  • Variable with the season or circumstance

  • Centered on my vantage point and about me

  • Restrictive

Why is it important to define what truth is and is not in our desire to Rebuild YOUR Foundation?

Truth has to be a reliable source from which we draw our weapons to disable lies and overcome them. If truth was always based on another human’s perspective, how would we know it was reliable? We would always have to know each person’s character, background, life experiences, schooling, or maybe even what they ate that morning that is affecting their perspective.

Its kind of like this:

I own a house with 5 acres. We have seen the plot drawing, but do not know exactly where our land falls on dirt if we were to walk it. What if I decided to go out and try and discern the line based on my limited ability to read the plot and then whatever felt right is where I put a flag to mark my land, instead of hiring a surveyor who was trained to read the plot map and let him place the flags based on superior knowledge? I would probably be wrong a lot, close sometimes, and right miraculously once or twice just on average. I am certain my neighbors might like the second option better than the first, because it affects their property lines when I figure out mine.

Truth changes when left to me or the changing circumstance, and the boundary lines move. I can never count on it being the same from day to day, let alone correct. In fact how do I know what correct even is if I do not have a standard to measure it against?

This brings me back to the list I made about what truth is and is not. Jesus says in John 14:6 that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Why does His declaration matter? In John 1 we see in verses 1-3 that Jesus is God and all things were made through and without him was not anything made that was made. The One who made the world and we humans, declares himself THE TRUTH. He is the declarer of all that is truth because He is the Truth and the One through whom it is known.

He is reliable as my source of truth because He alone is God, maker of heaven and earth, setting the foundations of the earth, breathing life into every living being, showing Himself faithful to every generation of those whom He calls His own. He has performed miracles, healed diseases, parted waters, dropped manna from heaven, saved men from the fiery furnace and the lion’s mouths, was born in a manger, lived a perfect life, died for sin, and rose from the dead – all as He promised. His Word declares Him true and the truth. He went beyond saying it by proving it time and time again to those throughout the ages, declaring prophecy and making it come to pass in ways only He could do. His character is holy and just, merciful and gracious, powerful and gentle.

His truth never changes because HE never changes.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:16-17)

Mankind’s truth will always change because it is based on a faulty view of God and of their own ability to know truth apart from Him.

Romans 1:18-24 says this,

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Jeremiah 17:8-9, tells us,

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

God is truth as the creator of all things and the One who defines the boundaries of all things – physical and spiritual (Genesis 1:1). He faithful to His promises and a keeper of all He declares – without change or variableness. His Word is a reliable source to overcome and defeat the lies of our flesh and Satan. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6) His truth sets us free to know Him and have Him work in and through us, saving us from the condemnation of lies and the consequences of those lies – spiritual and physical death (John 8:32).

Jeremiah 17: 7-8, speaks to this,

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water that sets out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaf remains green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

In the following weeks I want to explore truths about God, who we are in Him, and His call for us to live among others in a way that glorifies Him. My prayer and hope is that the truth of who He is, what He has made us to be in Christ, and His call on your life to bring Him glory, would enable you to trust Him to heal your past and bring greater confidence in Christ to live forward without fear.

  • How has this article impacted your thinking?
  • What new thing did the Lord show you through this article?

  • How can I, as a Life Coach, help you discover who God is, who you are in Him, and how He has called you to live amongst others with greater clarity – with the goal of helping you move forward with confidence in Christ and without fear?

Please do not hesitate to contact me if trusting Him to heal your past and bring greater confidence in Christ to live forward without fear, is your desire for your life. God wants you to see Him as trustworthy, understanding your value in Christ, and living in forgiveness and grace with others.

I have a complementary 30 minute discovery session called “Building Trust” – check out “My Coaching Packages” page to see if it is something you want to explore.

Email: kristin@unchanginggodchangingyou.com or “Contact Coach Kristin”

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