A skillful musician can tune a guitar by ear, but there are also devices called tuners to help you get it right. How can we do that with the truth? Is there a mysterious gizmo, or is it something within our grasp. How can you discern the truth from a lie?
I’d like to show you in the Word how God spots a lie or error. And how He teaches us to.
Let’s face facts. The lie is not what we desperately need to know. It’s the TRUTH. Once we know the truth it stands above all the lies and frees us.
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6
What is the spirit of truth? Well, what spirit did God give to us? Holy Spirit. God is Holy and He is Spirit. He gave us the gift of holy spirit so we could have twenty-four hour access to Him, God. Okay. SO how can we know when the God is talking us? If He is the spirit of truth then that is what we NEED to know. We need to know the difference between truth and error. How do we do that?Here’s a verse formatted into a checklist.
“But the wisdom that is from above (from God):
- is first pure, (wholesome, right, pure, truth)
- then peaceable, (not cause an uproar, but brings more peace)
- gentle, (FYI; Blunt Honesty is never gentle or easy to hear)
- [and] easy to be intreated, (easy–on the heart–to hear. Brings deliverance, peace and edification)
- full of mercy, (unmerited favor, you got something you didn’t deserve)
- and good fruits, (below it says fruit of righteousness that is sown in peace, this brings more peace not strife etc.)
- without partiality, (without favoritism)
- and without hypocrisy. (without faky-ness or false humility)
- And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17-18 (Repeated it continues to produce all of the above.)
WOW! Right?! What a verse! This is a promise. This is like a tuner for your walk with God. If someone comes up to you and says, “God told me you need to lose a few pounds, grow your hair out and dress differently or you’re not cutting it in our church.” Does that fit the litmus test above? It has to fit all 9 questions to be right on. Trust me truth does this. Error can not do all nine. It may get close with 6 or 7 but here is the test. With that phrase what would you’re first thought be?
Right? HA! I love those little minions.
So next time you’re with someone take this list out of your pocket and think through the conversation. Go down the checklist, especially with someone with whom you’ve trusted your heart, because after all that is the most important thing here. If they fail the test, just know to guard your heart. Let’s say you figure it out that they are right on with the exact right word 34% of the time. Wow! That’s okay. Some are even less. I guess it depends how much time you have. It takes a lot of time to weed through the 66% clanking flat sounds to get to that 34% so that’s you’re choice.
God also gave us another tool;
“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The more of the accurate, rightly divided Word you know in your heart and mind, the easier it is to discern by it.
If I know, “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1. Then I know that condemnation shouldn’t be something I put up with from others, or myself. If you are born again of God’s spirit you are “in Christ Jesus.” This is a great truth, but I’ve heard all over from pastors and teachers, condemnation teachings. Why is that in our midst? I can only discern that truth, if I know the Word on the subject. You can stop a lot of arguments with the Word.
Once you have the tools, then you can find what
God Bless You Today!