TRUTH OR FACT? Wednesday 23 November
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matt. 17:20)
READ: John 20:24-25
Another title of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Truth. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is truth personified. Many times, people mistakenly take facts for truth. This can be misleading. Facts deal with material evidence – what you can access with your five senses. Facts may change and do change: for instance, a poor man today may suddenly or progressively access wealth. Facts are easier for human beings to relate with. For instance, after the resurrection of Jesus, Thomas refused to believe until he felt and saw the physical evidences. Believers who operate on the level of facts often run into problems with God. Truth on the other hand has its evidence usually in the unseen spiritual realm. In other words, it may look stupid to accept the truth God presents as it may lack physical or tangible, empirical evidence. Truth is not people dependent but God –dependent. God’s truth is hinged on His integrity. God’s truth is based on God’s Word which cannot fail. While those in search of physical evidence are working by sight, those who hold God’s truth walk purely by faith. Anyone who accepts God’s truth cannot but walk by faith.
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Cor. 5:7). There are two categories of believers – those who walk by faith and those who walk by sight. The former operates on the truth of God’s Word and no matter how contrary the winds are, they want to see it manifest in their lives and circumstances. It is for those people that God’s Word moves from being unseen to being seen. For the latter, all they do is determined by what they hear, see, touch, feel, etc. if the only time you believe God is with you is when you feel His presence so strong, then you will be deceived into believing that all the times you did not feel Him, He was never there. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus promised to always be with you. That is truth. Whether you feel Him or not, He is there. Hebrews 11:6 says you can only please God when you walk by faith. What determines the sadness or joy of some believers is how much they have in their bank account. Anytime their account balance is low, they will be sad and full of worries. When it is red, they will become depressed. But those who operate on God’s truth maintain their joy because they depend wholly on God. Are you driven by facts or The Truth?
If you depend on your feelings and sight, you will remain a spiritual fledgling. But if you depend on God’s truth, you will grow up into maturity. Ask for revelation of The Truth.
Bible in One year: 1 Chron. 17-19