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Can you handle the truth?

hands_and_clayThere is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. ~Proverbs 14:12, NKJV

Truth was a tricky substance to me when I was growing up. You could bend it and stretch it to fit your need. Truth came with many different sides, in halves or grains and was sometimes mixed in with a grain of salt. If you put your hand on the Bible, you had to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and if you didn’t you’d get struck by lightning. If you didn’t put your hand on the Bible, then the truth was optional. There was the naked truth, the clouded truth, the truth with lots of layers and the hidden truth. I was told that if the truth were known it would out me, bringing me to my very own moment of truth. There was the gospel truth, the God’s honest truth, and the honest to goodness truth. Folks would say, “Now this is the truth right here…” implying it wasn’t the truth when it was over there. Fact and truth were stranger than fiction, so did that mean that all facts were true and all truths were facts? What exactly was truth and did it really exist? Maybe the truth was just what you make of it… that sounds easy. That way, anything I want can be truth. Maybe, like beauty, truth was in the eye of the beholder. Hmmm….

Can’t you see how easily we can get wrapped up in webs of lies and deceit? Most of us wouldn’t recognize the truth if it hit us in the face! So, when Apostle David comes in sharing his story of how he told God, “I want the truth no matter what the truth is,” we all clap and cheer and AMEN and walk away thinking how great that was for him. Or we nod in agreement and think to ourselves, “Yeah, I want that, too.” But do we even know what we’re talking about?

See, you can’t encounter THE TRUTH and not be totally transformed. Jesus said He is the way, THE TRUTH, and the light, and that no man can come to His Father except by Him. So, the only way to God is through the living Truth who is Christ. Well, to live through that Truth, we have to die to the lies and deception already embedded in our souls. We say we want THE TRUTH, but what we often don’t realize is that we must die to a part of ourselves in order to obtain it.

If the Truth is that God wants us to prosper, then we have to die to the greedy, selfish, irresponsible parts of our soul that want to buy everything that is shiny and appealing to our flesh. Ouch! If the Truth is that the anointing in our local church will never rise above the level of our relationships there, then we have to die to our need to be right, to be heard, to be the center of attention, or to get our way. Or maybe you are one of those who needs to die to your right to be quiet, to be passive, or to be a people pleaser. Some of us need to die to the place in us that is okay with keeping people at arm’s distance and withholding our own supply… in other words, we need to die to our comfort zone if we really want THE TRUTH. Double ouch!!

Perhaps a better way to say what AD said would be, “I want the truth no matter what the cost is.” Maybe then, we wouldn’t complain so much when the Truth confronts us with our sin and we have to choose which one we will serve… the Truth or the Lie. Only the Truth that we will embrace will actually set us free. And THAT, my friends, is the GOSPEL TRUTH!!!

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