Devo Truth in a world of chaos (July 22 2019)
John 8:42-47 New International Version (NIV)
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
Recently while on the air I had Becky read a story that was sent to me on Facebook. It was a touching story about 911 and a father who was a fireman that supposedly gotten saved while saving the life of a pregnant woman just before he died is the catastrophe. Later I received a notice that the story was possibly not true or at least that there was no one connected to the fire department with those names. Now I do not put much stock in these self-proclaimed experts in truth, because I have caught them in more than one lie or greatly twisting the truth. At this point I don’t know the validity of the story nor do I know how to prove or disprove it. I could see no reason somebody would make up such a lie or what the purpose in doing so would accomplish, other than maybe trying to discredit Christians. We live in a world of lies anymore and no wonder satan is the father of lies and the truth is not in him. Look at 1 John 5:19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
19 We know [for a fact] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] lies in the power of the evil one [opposing God and His precepts]. Is it any wonder that the news, media, public officials, and the rest of this world only do what their father does? The chaos around us is unsettling and beyond description. We no longer know what to believe. They can’t even be truthful about their sex. They tell us boys are girls and girls are boys. They call good evil and evil good. They lie when the truth would be to their own interest. I can’t figure out why anyone would take the time to make up these lies or how they have the time to.
Jesus said I am the way the truth. (John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.) Jesus is the real truth where there is no chaos. Satan always brings chaos, doubt and fear and yet he tries to make men believe it is God who does this.
I have often heard people say the truth will set you free, but that’s not the whole story. The problem is what is the truth? How do we know it? It says: John 8:31-32 New International Version (NIV) 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”. The truth is made known to us when we hold to the teachings of Jesus, the Bible because Jesus is the word and the truth. To know the truth we must obey it to be set free from the hold of satan. Even if one could know the truth without Christ it would be of no value to them if they did not follow Jesus, but how do we know it we follow Him.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.) We obey Him.
The world tells us don’t look at my actions listen to my words and I will lead you to a better place. Jesus says listen to my words and do as I do, and you will go to a better place. Winston Churchill was reported as saying; “I no longer listen to what people say, I watch what they do. Behavior never lies.” Jesus the king of kings, God of all creation suffered and died for you. Satan became a snake and said you can’t trust God. Who are you going to believe?
Turn off the media and open the Word.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane