Sunday, September 20, 2015

Devotion: Hindered By Limited Truth

Previously, we shared a tidbit of information about God that we thought was interesting and one we felt would take some to another level of understanding.  In that discussion, we focused our attention of the fact that God says, “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6) and summed up this passage to mean he has not changed since the beginning nor will he ever change in the future, which we know to be contrary to many popular beliefs.  That tidbit of information about God has become one of three fundamental building blocks that supports our entire belief system.  Like building a house, we wanted to make sure that our foundation was built on the biblical information that we had proven to be solid, sound, and without fault.  We know that one weak spot in our foundation could cause our whole house to crumble, so to speak.  It would have “a domino effect,” where as our foundation failed, so would go the integrity of the structure, or in this case, “our entire belief system.”

Most everyone has built their belief system on those fundamental truths that they learned when they first believed.  Whether limited or absolute, those truths formed the building blocks to your current belief system.  The same “domino effect” occurs to the integrity of your belief system when those fundamental building blocks fail due “to misinformation or misinterpretation.”  We know that many of you have experienced such failures, especially with the discovery of a biblical truth that has proven to be contrary to what you have accepted as a fundamental truth and one that you have built your belief system upon.  The new revelation wreaks havoc upon your entire belief system, leaving this sense of confusion and misunderstanding.  This is why you have to make sure your foundation is solid, that your beliefs are well grounded in the truth contained in the word of God and not based on something you just accepted as truth because it sounded like it could be godly, biblical, traditional, or even denominational.  This is something that you have to do; no one else can do this for you.  This is something that will require you to open up the Bible and check things out for yourself (Proverbs 4:20-22), no matter the source, including this source.

Words can be manipulated to say many things, make sure the ones that you accept are in line with the rightly divided word (II Timothy 2:15).  Make sure the information you accept is proven true and not contrary to existing information that you yourself have proven to be true.  Once accepted, use it to measure or compare other related and relative information or scriptures against.  While, there be plenty of bad information or misinformation pertaining to the word of God, you will never know the true word of God unless you immerse yourself in the scriptures, for “they will tell you what to believe (for doctrine), what is wrong (for reproof), how to correct wrong (for correction), how to live (for instruction in righteousness), including everything needed to grow in maturity, to be perfect (meaning proficient or capable), and to do what God wants” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

In today’s society, truth is limited, open to or having more than one possible meaning or interpretation.  Limited truth causes uncertainty or confusion and is often used in an attempt to mislead somebody.  It is difficult to interpret, respond to, and understand, but its acceptance comes from a lack of knowledge, a lack of understanding, and a lack of revelation from God (Hosea 4:6).  By definition, the truth is absolute.  The truth corresponds to fact and reality; is generally believed to be unconditional; is unequivocally complete, not capable of being viewed as partial or relative; and is not dependent by or qualified by anything else.  The truth is absolute and comes directly from God, who grants knowledge, understanding, and revelation (Proverbs 2:6; James 1:5).

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (Psalm 119:18).  “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:5).

God can open your eyes to see the wonderful things in his word.  Illumination by the Holy Spirit is the means by which God reveals to mature Christians the truths he has hid within the scriptures.  The Spirit reveals to you the secrets of God (I Corinthians 2:10).  It allows you to see and hear the word of God with understanding.  The psalmist asked God to open his eyes because he recognized the need for supernatural aid in understanding the scriptures.  The psalmist also asked God to be his guide and his teacher, guiding him in the true way, revealing to him his truth.  Since spiritual man, inspired by God, wrote the Bible it should be spiritually discerned, illumined by the Holy Spirit for only those who have the Spirit within them can understand what God has revealed through the scriptures.  And believe it or not, there is only one truth (Ephesians 4:3-16), so seek to find it.  Use this truth as the building blocks to your belief system and you will know that your foundation is built on what you have proven to be solid, sound, and without fault.  By the way, we will share the other two fundamental building blocks used to support our entire belief system in a future commentary, so stay tuned.

May today’s inspirational message abundantly bless you and greatly inform you.  We pray that you will be the better for having read them both.  If blessed by today’s message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.