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09/18/2009

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"Whoever believes in Me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water shall flow within him" (John 7:38).

We began this two-part devotional about yesterday with three essentials in our relationship to truth. Do you remember them? The Word of God is our "spell-check" of life. In it we find the truth that will make us free. (Jno.8:32)...We need to study and know it as Paul told Timothy his second epistle to him, and lastly we ought to love it as David wrote to us in Psalms 119: 97-99).

I may not have done a very good job putting these vital things in order, but as today's verse tells us, we must believe the truth of God's Word. How can we possibly believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit without the Word to guide our way? As our belief becomes a more powerful one, so does every other aspect of our Christian lives. When the Psalmist says that "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path' (119:105), he says it with a firm belief in its veracity and ability to light the way. It is such a two-way street....... As our faith increases so does our belief and as our belief increases, so does our faith. Our belief empowers our spiritual engines to do God's will in every way possible.

This belief naturally dovetails into the next vital part of our relationship to the truth. "Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply from the heart" (1 Pet. 1:22). We become "purified" (an illusion to baptism) as we obey what we believe. In our obedience we show the reverence for our God that He deserves. Jesus puts it this way; "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (Jno. 14:15). It is through this obedience that Jesus says in the very next verse that, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever---the Spirit of truth." On the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached and told the people to "repent and be baptized.......and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:28). Through our belief and obedience to the truth, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Finally, we need to play an active part in the truth and help it along its way. "We ought to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth" (3 Jno.8). In this particular case, showing hospitality was a way to show that we are into the truth of God's Word. As we share the good news of God's Word with others, we are helping it along its way. And to a greater extent for most of us, as we LIVE God's Word we will help it to be spread.

"I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one would walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye is a better pupil, more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear.

Edgar A. Guest


Have a wonderful day....Make a difference....A RAK would be good......Love mark Phil. 4:11

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