Failure to apply truth to our lives helps us go the wrong direction. You have experienced this before as I have. It’s much like when you see the speed limit sign but ignore what it says. Only you come to the to of a hill and see a policeman who for some reason turns on his blue lights. The smart thing to do is to apply the truth that you learn.
To not apply truth to our spiritual lives is also something that will lead us in the wrong direction and bring consequences for us and the people around us. What God says is truth. Here are a few of the things God says are true about us:
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
We are new. The past and sin is gone, forgiven and changed. Our future is set, and heaven is our destination. Jesus makes us new because of what He did and what we didn’t deserve.
Ephesians 2:8 NLT
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Grace is the truth of God. Grace is what we don’t deserve but receive from God. Thus God gets all the credit for making us new and for salvation. Why is it that we continue to lie or live a lay going back to our sin or feeling guilty because what we have done. By accepting God’s truth means we are changed by grace and brand new.
Galatians 2:20 NLT
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Dead people can’t talk or do anything. Our old self, our sinful nature is removed, and our new life has been given or raised by the amazing act that only God can do. We live by His grace and by trusting solely in Him. It is all because of the truth of His love. He loves us, and there is nothing that can change that fact.
To apply truth means that we are convinced and we live like it and share it with others. Yesterday in our series ALL IN we talked about being a prophet and telling truth to others. It is when we apply truth and help others apply truth that we begin to live different.
Too often we are tearing people down because we have a low opinion of ourselves. That low opinion comes because we don’t apply what God says about us. Remember! You are forgiven! You are changed! You are brand new! You have possibilities, strength and truth to live by. It is time we live like it and tell others.
But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.
Telling others strengthens the people we tell. Sharing the truth we believe encourages others to believe the truth. Living by and speaking truth comforts the people around us because they see what God says in action.
My prayer is the I will be a parent that speaks truth in to the lives of my kids, as a pastor speak truth into the lives of the people I get to share with, and as a human share truth in every conversation and even in my choices and words that others see as they pass by. The truth transforms our lives.
Live it. Share it. More to come…