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Regard For The Truth

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13 (NKJV)

The power, and impact of Satan’s lies upon our lives is an amazing thing.  Each and every day we can see the devastation from our choices to believe in, or act upon the lies of the enemy.  Each of us deals with this, and whether or not we consciously think about it, we are being bombarded with thousands of opportunities to believe the lies from Satan, the father of all lies (John 8:44). 

For a lie to be most successful, it must be appealing, and believable.  For example, Satan may tempt us sexually, tempting us to believe if we take one more lustful look it will be harmless, and we will be satisfied; but it is a lie — one often leading to more lust, to an addiction to pornography, or even an improper, or adulterous relationship, or one of fornication. 

Or perhaps the lie we are being tempted with is we have the right to be angry at, or bitter towards someone for an offense — believing we have the right to stay angry, and bitter, and to keep from forgiving them.  But even though we should be righteously angry at the sin and hate it, we should never hate the sinner, nor should we choose to reserve forgiveness.  After all, Jesus clearly said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:14-15).

It could be we even condone telling what is known as a “white-lie” in an effort to keep from hurting someone’s feelings, or to keep from having to confront a difficult issue. But when we do this, we are submitting to Satan’s will, rather than God’s. Satan knows if he can get us to think upon and entertain these lies, in all likelihood we will soon act upon them.  And if he can get us to believe it is permissible to tell white lies, we will soon become color-blinded. 

Augustine rightly said, When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful.”  And the apostle John wrote some very strong words regarding our knowing God, His truth, and obeying it, saying—

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 1 John 2:4-5 (NKJV)

God has not left us as orphans, but has given us His Spirit of truth to lead us in all truth. It will always be your choice whether you embrace Satan’s lies, or God’s truth. I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 16:13, how can we know and be guided in the truth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to guide you in His truth in every one of your actions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek the Lord for His truth, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this truth. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your promises.  Guide me in truth and allow me to see the enemy’s lies for what they really are. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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