I don’t remember a time in my life when it was as hard to tell what is true as it is right now. COVID is real but I don’t believe the numbers. I don’t believe the election numbers- I think they have been and are being manipulated. I don’t believe what I see on the news. There are too many hidden agendas, too much sensationalism.
It’s just not the truth.
It’s very important to me to base my life and decisions on the truth – not on false numbers and fake news. So I love hearing Jesus say, “Everyone on the side of the truth listens to me.” (John 18:37)
Jesus is the Truth. God’s Word is the Truth. The Holy Spirit is living inside of me, explaining the truth and my soul resonates when it hears the truth. My spirit connects with Jesus as he speaks the truth to me through his Word.
God calls this discernment. Discernment is being able to judge well – is this true or false? Is this right or wrong? Discernment is much easier when I know God’s Word. Does what I’m hearing or reading line up with God’s Word?
Discernment is a skill we all desperately need today as the amount of lies in our culture grows. Our first question when hearing news or stories should be, “Is it true?”
Even in church, this needs to be our first question. I have heard things in church supposedly quoted from the Bible that are not in Bible. It’s usually just a mistake, not manipulation, but it’s still not true. Have you ever heard the phrase – “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle”? Not in the Bible. The Truth is that he does give us more than we can handle by ourselves. He uses these situations to motivate us to turn back to him so he can teach us the truth about our dependence on him.
To have discernment, I need to know God’s Word. I need to know the truth so that I can recognize it and not believe the lies.
That’s what my Journey Towards the Truth is all about. Thank you for joining me.
Please give me discernment, Abba Father. I really need it in the world of lies I live in.