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August 14, 2012

The Truth Will Set You Free

The truth is so important in our lives. It’s the only way you can have a successful life. When Jesus stood before Pilate, right before He was crucified, He said the whole reason why He was born was to testify to the truth. John 18:37, says “‘…For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.’ ‘What is truth?’ Pilate asked.”  That’s a good question. Maybe that’s a question that some of you are asking right now. What is truth anyway? Isn’t truth just relative? Isn’t it whatever is truth for you, that’s truth? We all come at life from different perspectives.

We should seek the truth. The way you seek the truth is you have to ask some honest, tough questions. We have to know what you believe, why you believe it, and how to live it out. But, the problem today is most people don’t really seek the truth. They just accept whatever anybody tells them. On the other hand, I know some Christians who never seek the truth. They think if they ask questions then it shows that they have doubts. And if they have doubts, then that’s a really bad thing, and God might strike them with a bolt of lightening one day. But that’s not the case at all. When we ask questions we need to realize that God is big enough to handle those questions. Whenever I ask questions, it helps me clarify my faith. Many Christians don’t know what they believe and why they believe it because they’ve never asked questions. God says, “Questions are welcome. I’m big enough to handle it.”

A lot of people think when you become a Christian you have to really take a step off a cliff. That Christianity is this blind leap of faith. That’s not what it means to be a Christian at all. In fact, the Bible says you are to love God with all your mind, all your soul, all your heart, and all your strength. You don’t have to leave your mind behind when you become a Christian, rather you are required to use all your mind. Really, Christianity is not some blind leap of faith. It’s a step of faith based on facts. We have the facts behind us and now God asks us to take the step of faith and trust him. He wants us to be able to know what we believe and why we believe it so that we can live it out.

I challenge you to pause today and really consider, “What do I believe about God? About Jesus?” Maybe you’ve been a Christian for a long time and your faith isn’t in the same place it was in the past. Faith is not a static object, it is a dynamic relationship to the God who created you. Your faith may either be growing stronger or weaker but it isn’t static. And if you’re a new Christian or trying to decide to trust Christ I challenge you to ask the very same questions. How is your faith today? Do you feel your faith is growing? Have you been bringing your questions directly to God? I want to know your thoughts, please share your comments!