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A Thought for the Week--Godís Name is Truth
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
"And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ĎThe LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truthÖí" (Exodus 34:6)
God wants to reveal Himself to the nations. He has said that His glory shall be revealed to all. He told Moses, "Öas I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORDó" (Numbers 14:21 NKJ). God created man with the ability to do good things and the ability to accomplish and build things. People have accomplished seemingly great things with their athletic, artistic, imaginative and mental capabilities. Some have also learned how to communicate with and draw strength from spiritual powers and have had superior wisdom and the power and to dominate others, due to the superior powers of spiritual beings.
Some people have been deceived, thinking they could live apart from their Creator. They have thought that the powers of evil spirits could keep them from having to submit to God. Civilizations have risen and fallen because men have tried to rule themselves without the ways and principles and presence of God, the Creator of all things.
God is the God of truth. He created man to impart His nature and character into him. He gave him the ability to receive revelation from the spirit realm. God intended for us to receive spiritual power from Him; that is why there was a tree of life in the Garden of Eden. Some are living without this power. Some are receiving power from evil spiritual beings who have more wisdom and power than people, but are far below the power and wisdom and capabilities of God, Who is the Creator of all.
When Moses was before Pharaoh, Pharaohís magicians and sorcerers could initially do the same marvelous acts--through using the powers of evil spirits--as Moses could with the power of God. Then God showed His superior power. Only Moses could do the last six signs; Pharaohís magicians could not do them.
The powers of evil can "help" people. They can bring sickness on people and can also bring a form of healing to them. People using the powers of evil can seemingly remove sickness from people; however they only replace the spirit that has brought sickness with another more powerful spirit, and the latter state of the person is worse than the first. Only God can REMOVE sickness and sin from people.
God is the God of truth. He can bring people healing and victory over sin. He can show people the foolishness of trusting in evil powers who are giving "supernatural" power and wisdom to men. The Bible says, "Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden" (Isaiah 29:14 NKJ).
We are coming into times when only the wisdom, power, and revelation of God can save us--as individual Christians and as a nation. God will bring the truth of our desperate need for all of Him into all of us, into all areas of our society, and into all the heavens and earth. We will know Him, and His mercy and grace, His longsuffering, His goodness and HIS TRUTH. Let us heed the words of the hymn: "HE RULES THE WORLD WITH TRUTH AND GRACE, AND MAKES THE NATIONS PROVE THE GLORIES OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WONDERS OF HIS LOVE."
Father, we rejoice that You are our God of mercy, grace and TRUTH. Help us to know all of Your truth and to be filled with Your love. Amen.
A Thought for the Week--Godís Name is Truth
Thursday, April 5, 2007
"And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ĎThe LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth ... '"(Exodus 34:6)
Our God is a God of truth. That is who He is. Truth is in His nature. He does not think about whether to tell the truth or to tell an untruth. He is truth. He has always been truth. He will always be truth.
Jesus came to bring us truth. He, being God and having the nature of God, said, "I am the Truth" (John 14:6). Jesus wants us to know truth and to live in truth as He did. Jesus spoke words of truth. He spoke of the things that His Father had given and revealed to Him. He knew Satan had lied to men. He knew that without the intervention of God men would continue to believe the lies of Satan and would not come to know the truth. He was the means through whom God would reveal His love to men and overcome the lies that were deep within them. Jesus showed us the blessedness of living in the will and love of God. He showed us the truth of the heavenly life, where this is done.
The Holy Spirit is God. He has the same nature as the Father and the Son. Jesus called Him the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth. The Holy Spirit living within us will reveal the truth of Godís love. He will reveal the desirability of living in Godís will. He will impart into us the grace to know and the power to do Godís will.
Satan is a liar. Jesus said that Satan, the devil, is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). The devil lied about God to Adam and Eve. He told them they would not enter death, if they rebelled against the instructions and will of God. Satan knew that God would send into death those who wanted to live outside Godís will. He knew that was his destiny. He did not want to believe that truth. He told Adam and Eve not to believe Godís judgments. He wanted them to be like him.
Jesus knew this when He came to earth. He said of those who did not believe in Him, "You are of your father the devil." Jesus came to free people from their fallen nature that, like Satan, lives apart from loving the will and nature of God. Jesus took our sin and our evil nature on Himself and brought it into death for us. Godís truth concerning sin has been accomplished for us. Now we can receive from Jesus a life that is dead to sin and alive unto God. This is the truth. We can know truth. We can love truth. We can live in truth. God is Truth. Pray that you can receive and grow in truth.
Father, we confess that You are Truth. We need to have a love of truth so we can overcome the deceptions of this world and of Satan. Help us to receive truth through Your Son living in us, and to be empowered by the Holy Spirit of truth. Come Lord Jesus, live in me. Amen.
A Thought for the Week--Godís Name is Truth
Monday, April 9, 2007
"Jesus said to her, ĎI am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.í" (John 11:25 NKJ)
Jesus is our resurrection and our life. He had just come to the home of Mary and Martha. Their brother Lazarus had died. Some who were there were disappointed that Jesus had not come earlier, while Lazarus was still sick and not dead. They believed He could heal, having seen many miracles, but they had not seen Him raise anyone from the dead. They had seen God move in power through the Holy Spirit in Christ but were not expecting that He could raise someone from the dead.
We too are like the people at the home of Mary and Martha. We believe God for some things but not for all things. We believe that Jesus could and did heal when He walked the earth. We believe that Jesus sent out the 12 anointed disciples and they too healed people. We believe that Jesus sent out 70 others into the places He was to come and that the 70 healed many and cast out demons from them. We believe these things because even though we have not personally seen them, we believe the Biblical accounts that describe these events.
Jesus told His disciples before He left to do all He commanded them to do and to disciple others so that they too would do all He commanded them to do. Jesus wants us also, as His disciples, to heal the sick and to cast out demons from those who are being oppressed by the devil.
Jesus told the people at Mary and Marthaís home that He was the resurrection and the life. He had authority to raise the dead and to give life to those who came to Him. He knew that He did not have within Himself all the power He needed to do these things. He was made weak like us, so that He could suffer for us. He needed the power of God, through the Holy Spirit, to be upon Him and in Him to do these things. Nevertheless He knew that God would give Him the power to do all God wanted Him to do so that He could do the all the will of His Father. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He called on the power from above to do this, and glorified His Father Who gave power to Him.
Jesus also had to trust His Father to empower Him when the time came for Him to take our sin on Himself and to enter death for us and with us and our sin. He prayed in Gethsemane for the grace to be willing to do Godís will. He then prayed for the strength to do Godís will so that He would not give in to our sinful ways when they were upon Him and so that He would not give in to the natural desires of His flesh to escape. He faced the fires of hell and the reality of being separated from His Father in Gethsemane. He cried out for strength to do all His Fatherís will. The Bible says He was heard for His godly fear (Hebrews 5:7). He was given the strength to be victorious. He was victorious. He said, "It is finished." God then sent His Spirit to raise Christ from the dead. Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit of Holiness (Romans 1:4). He was resurrected so that He could complete all of Godís will for Him.
We too are weak. Many have the life of Jesus in them but they are not continually being empowered with the Holy Spirit. The disciples had the life of Jesus in them. They had received this life at the Last Supper. Before they went out to disciple the nations, Jesus told them to wait to be endued with power from on High. He told them they would receive power from above--the anointing of the Holy Spirit to do signs and wonders that would give witness to the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, and of Godís ability to give such power to men who were living in the life of Christ. The disciples then did signs and wonders after they had given revelation of the word of God concerning the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
We too can have such power. Jesus told us to seek it and to receive it. We too need to have the faith of Christ in all areas of our life so that we can do all the will of God--in our personal lives, in our marriages, in our homes and families, in our workplace activities, in our relationships, and in the ministries God has put before us. Let us know Him and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Yes there is a price to pay, but the reward is exceedingly greater. Just ask Jesus.
Father, we rejoice in Your great life and character and will and love for us. Help us to live in and know and manifest the resurrection power of the life of Jesus Christ through the anointing of Your Spirit. Amen.
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