Originally posted on God is Always Faithful:
The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is robed, He has girded Himself with strength and power; the world also is established, that it cannot be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up the roaring of their waves.
4 The Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea.
5 Your testimonies are very sure; holiness [apparent in separation from sin, with simple trust and hearty obedience] is becoming to Your house, O Lord, forever.
~Psalm 93 (AMP)
The Bible is filled with amazing stories, but these stories do more than entertain. The stories in this Book will take you out of your preoccupation with yourself and into the spacious freedom in which God is working the world’s salvation. You are going to come across words and sentences that stab you awake to a beauty and hope that will connect you with your real life. Be sure to answer. ~ Eugene Peterson
God has made provision for our holiness. Through Christ He has delivered us from sin’s reign so that we now can resist sin. But the responsibility for resisting is ours. God does not do that for us. To confuse the potential for resisting (which God provided) with the responsibility for resisting (which is ours) is to court disaster in our pursuit of holiness. ~ Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness, 57
Often people react to truth as though it is a bad thing. Like truth is something that limits us or boxes us in or traps us. Truth keeps us from doing what we want.
In a climactic moment in the movie Conspiracy Theory, Alice says, “The truth will set you free.” Unfortunately what follows is more half-truths, lies and deception. All the characters remained trapped and destructive behavior is the result. Only at the very end of the movie is the truth revealed and the result is freedom.
I can’t get this image out of my mind. Truth is freedom. Pilate searches for this when asking Jesus, “What is Truth?” The truth would have set him free.
We need truth. We need to face the truth about ourselves. We need to explore the truth about our world. We need to discover the truth about Jesus. We need to explore the truth about how God works in our world. Truth is a good thing and we need it.
The truth is out there.