I know this is a bold claim but I believe it is true if you will have an open mind to what you are about to read. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines truths as:
1. Sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2. The state of being the case: fact
3. A transcendent fundamental: spiritual reality
Truths are indisputable facts that transcend what the latest thought that is trending on Twitter. They are black and white, that are constant and do not change as a passing fad. In this fast pace, pleasure driven, my way or the highway world we live in, beliefs in absolute truths have become the exception, rather than the norm, but if you accept these 5 Spiritual Truths, I promise your life will be forever changed!
I have shared in previous posts how remote God was in my life, not because of Him but as a result of being hurt by people in the church. As I think of my self absorbed teenage years and early twenties, God was way, way down on the list…if He even was on there. Except for the obligatory Easter and Christmas Mass, I never was present in church. But Jesus gives us our first truth in Matthew 6:33 (NLT) of what will happen if we do place a priority on God…
God and what He cares about should be ahead of everything else, if we do, everything else will be added to us. Too often we have it backwards, we chase after everything and God comes last, if at all. Part of Jesus’ famous sermon on the mount, Matthew 6:33 is a great scripture to stand on. I have always loved this verse, but the Message translation of this passage has opened my eyes to see this bit different…
“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
When God is first, He promises to meet our needs! Where else do you get that kind of guarantee??
Ouch, that ones hurts doesn’t it?? But it’s true, (that includes me also.) John 3:16-17 (NLT) says,
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
Until you realize that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, and accept Jesus, as payment for your sins, your life will remain in brokenness and you will be separated from God.
If you want to learn more about this and how to have a relationship with Jesus, check out the post called, ★ Thought for the Day – Religion vs. Relationship ★
Amen?? I don’t have to say much to convince you of that right? Even if you have accepted truth #1 and #2, that does not make you immune from trouble or pain. Are you suffering today? Aching from being hurt by someone’s betrayal or persecuted for something you did not do? You are not alone, the Bible recounts in Genesis how Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery, only to then be wrongly accused of attempted rape and thrown into prison…BUT God used these horrible betrayals that people inflicted, and elevated Joseph to second-in-command of all of Egypt. Our #3 Truth comes from Genesis 50:20 (NLT),
I love that, what was “intended to harm me,” was used by God to “save the lives of many people.” We cannot see the whole picture, God is always working and you never know how God will turn a bad situation around. What is interesting is that early on in Joseph’s teenage years, he was given incredible dreams of what God’s plan for his future was going to be, but he had to go through a season of struggle first before he was able to step into his destiny that God had planned for him. Psalms 105:19 (NLT) gives us insight into Joseph’s life.
“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the lord tested Joseph’s character.”
Genesis 50:20 is one of my favorite verses that illustrates that even in the worst circumstances God can use the pain to produce something great! It is the Old Testament parallel verse to the often quoted passage from Romans 8:28 (NLT),
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
God can bring something good out of any situation. He causes everything to work together for the good. Trust Him to use your current situation to mold you into something beautiful! God can and will turn any trial into a triumph!!!
Wars are won or lost based on your defensive capabilities, so we need to make sure we are equipped for the battle. Spiritual warfare is very real! You don’t have to live too long on this earth before you’ll find out that there will be trouble from those around you. People will hurt you, betray you, cheat on you…you name it. There is evil in this world and we need to be aware of it. (You can read more about this in the post called ★ Thought for the Day – All the Time in the World ★.) There is a war is occurring in the “unseen” realms as our #4 Truth warns us that we need to put on “The Whole Armor of God.” Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT) says,
There is a battle raging on the enemy of our souls, the Devil will use every weapon in his arsenal to take us out. The challenging part is to realize the attack as it is happening. The Devil is a deceiver and master of lies, so often the attack will come in the form of voices in our own mind, that will lead us to believe the wrong thing. Bob Hamp said made this powerful statement,
“Spiritual Warfare is the battle in which you choose which voice to listen to in the midst of your experiences.”
So what voice will you believe? The lies screamed by Satan or the still small voice
of God? I encourage you to continue to read Ephesians 6:13-17
that goes into all the Armor of God (which one day I will write a Thought for the Day on.)
The things we go through in this life are temporary, but Jesus promises us that we can have peace because of what He did for us on the cross. John 16:33 (NLT) says,
We all go through different storms in this life, whether relational, financial or physical health, but no matter the storm, the answer, and the solution are the SAME… Lean into God and rely on His strength. Arm yourself with Bible verses that you can speak out loud and pray, when doubts and worries creep in. If you want to read more about God’s presence in the midst of the storm, check out this post called ★ Thought for the Day – The Storms of Life ★.
Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. I promise you will never be disappointed that you did!
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Ron is head writer at Daily Dependence where you can find more articles on faith and developing a "daily dependence" on God for your life.
In 1998 he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in his mid-twenties and Ron is unashamedly a born again Christian. God was so merciful to use his then fiancé to model a different lifestyle then the one he was living who led him out of darkness and into the light. Since then, God has cultivated a real burden in his heart to minister to people in need, whether it is relational, financial or spiritual. Over the years Ron has consistently prayed The Prayer of Jabez (see 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV) with an emphasis on God “enlarging his territory,” or another way to say it, to increase his influence on others not for personal gain but for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Ron's greatest joy is to be used by God to teach, encourage, and help people to grow closer to Him. To learn more about Daily Dependence you can visit his page:
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