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LIVING IN TRUTH

September 19, 2013

 “…there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” – Matt. 10:26

 Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He sent them forth out among the nation to teach, preach, and minister to the lost sheep of Israel. To give context tothe verse above, He was speaking of those who would most certainly persecute the disciples for belonging to Him, whom the religious authorities of the time condemned as a servant of Beelzebub, meaning the devil. He was assuring His disciples that, be that as it may, and though they might suffer for it, the truth of who they were and the Truth that they served would in the end be known to all. As with everything Jesus Christ said, this verse holds a timeless wisdom that cannot be denied; it holds true for all men and women of any time, nation, creed, or ethnicity. What we are, who we are, and more importantly, who we serve will be made known during the course of our days here in this world. If we serve God, that cannot help but be made known to all; His light shines too bright in the lives of those who love and work for Him. But the converse is true, too: if you serve the world, it will be made apparent no matter how much you pretend otherwise. You can lie to others – and you can even lie to yourself – but you cannot lie to God. You can talk the best game in the world, and pull the wool over the eyes of all those around you, but who you are in your heart will eventually be revealed – and, if not in this world, than certainly in the next.

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” (Matt. 10:35)


Because that’s where the truth of who we really are resides: our hearts. It’s deep inside, beneath the words and appearances. And that’s the beauty of God stepping into your life and changing it: He starts from within, and works His way out; He makes us over, totally and completely. There are no halfway measures or steps with Him, because he doesn’t need a halfway-clean, or halfway-renewed servant: He cleanses us and revives us thoroughly: “A new heart also I will give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezek. 36:26) When we change through God’s grace, we should change completely – or we haven’t really changed at all. How deeply does His grace work in your life today? Is it only on the surface: scratch it, and it’s gone?


Because it’s when the scratching starts, when the pressure is truly on, that we find out who we really are: that’s when we find out just what kind of treasure our heart is holding. We can be full of the sweetest sayings and most loving words when
times are good; but turn up the heat and see what kind of things come boiling over the surface on the darker days:  “O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (Matt. 10:34) In short: what your heart is full of will come spilling over the surface no matter how much you try to hide it.

“Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” (Matt. 10:33) So we should ask the question: who are we really today? Are our hearts and the people we appear to be in alignment? Are we sitting in our church pews because that’s just what we are expected to do? Are we here because we really, truly desire to be? Or, are we here because we have an image to maintain, a standard to meet? Because if we are here to serve and praise God, then that is what we need to do! If we say we are Christians, than that is who we need to be! Our words, our hearts, and our actions have to start lining up better: because each should be guided by the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit isn’t going to have us thinking, acting, and feeling in three different directions! We need to live in truth – with ourselves, and with our God, who has promised a change so profound in our lives that we wouldn’t even be the same people after it was done. If that’s the case, than we need to be different! Because if we are not living in truth truth, then the lie of our existence will be revealed: that is promised by Christ Himself. If we are filthy within, we are filthy without – no matter how clean we might appear, it will be made known. Because we cannot truly serve Him if this is the case: we cannot serve clean water out of a dirty cup. We have to let Him come into our hearts and replace them so that we may start bearing that good fruit which springs from the abundance it finds there. Let our hearts reveal Christ; let our lives make the statement He made at the cross. For when we have His light inside our hearts, that light is revealed in every word and deed we might ever give or make; and it clearly shows the world that we are living in His Truth.


“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill
cannot be hid.” – Matthew 5:14

Be blessed,

Joshua


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