Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
John 3:19-21 (NKJV) And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
What truth is revealed? Much has changed in the United States in the last 50 years. We have gone from a country that tries to legislate morality to a country that is actively mandating new political correctness which often supports activity that is condemned by scripture. This is nothing more than loving darkness and defending that darkness against the light.
What can we learn from this teaching? It is the work of the Enemy to deceive people into believing a lie; furthermore, it is man’s inclination to believe the lie in order to embrace the darkness that they have come to covet. The proliferation of pornography is a good example. Even though the mass majority of people believe that it is destructive, exploitative, and undermining the moral fabric of our nation, we protect it under a “pagan” interpretation of the 1st Amendment. On the other hand, we have ripped prayer and the study of the Bible from our Public Schools under another strange manipulation of the 1st Amendment. Jesus was right, “Men love darkness rather than light, because their deed are evil.”
How can I apply this truth to my life? According to 1 John 1:7, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.” The best way to expose darkness is to continue being the light of the world. Jesus has called His church to be the light of the world. How can I participate in being the light? Speak the truth in love. Be courageous and not bow a knee to that which is evil. Make sure that the actions of my life are verified by the way that I live.
Questions to Consider:
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
What truth is revealed? In John 8:12, Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world.” We totally and readily accept this truth; However, in Matthew, Chapter 5, Jesus calls “us” the light of the world. So, in a darkened world; a world that is under the curse of sin, “we” who follow Jesus are the light of the world. We are the light as individual believers and we are collectively the light.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? Jesus commands us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
What does this mean to/for me? Jesus emphasizes the idea that my life is to have a profound effect on the lives of those that are around me. According to Jesus, the actions of my life should cause others to glorify God.
What action can/should I take? To cause others to glorify God on the basis of my witness is going to take some intentional work. It certainly means that the fruit of the Spirit must be the obvious fruit of my life. So, I need, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to shine brightly. (Gal. 5,22,23)
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.