For Christmas, we were going to have some company visiting so the declaration was made that all bedrooms were to be cleaned. Of course, this is a parental declaration that should not have to be made on special occasions because rooms are to remain clean all of the time, but you know how that goes. So the declaration went out. Shortly thereafter, I saw my 12-year-old son sitting relaxed enjoying himself so peaceful and calm before the Xbox with Madden on screen. I said, “Is your room clean?” “Yep,” he replied. So naturally, I walked into his room to verify. “Come in here. There are clothes over here. You have trash on your shelf. These shoes need to be put away.” And the list went on. I have to give him credit though, he had done a pretty good job. Having raised three boys, these moments are familiar. Though not this time, there have been other times when a son of mine who would argue. I would dispel great fatherly wisdom, “Your room is not clean.” “Yes, it is.” “No, it is not. I just went in there.” “I already cleaned it,” one of them would say. Then like a great philosopher, I uttered wisdom their young and feeble minds were yet incapable of grasping, “It is clean when I say it is clean!”
They would stand there in astonishment and befuddlement attempting to recover from the vast wave of wisdom and authority laid out before them. It was the same look I had when my father poured out this age-old axiom born at the beginning of time. Not until I stood before my own flesh and blood in their yet unclean rooms did enlightenment strike me. I had made the same argument when I was just a child and stood confounded before the sage I called Father as he divulged astuteness so rich, “It is clean when I say it is clean.”
I do a lot of counseling both online through email and in office. I had thought to name the counseling part of my ministry Truth counseling. I eventually settled on Journey counseling, but Truth was the first thought. This was perfect name because the issues in our life that keep us from experiencing the abundant life God has prepared for us come from beliefs we have shrouded in emotion but lacking truth. The Bible says that the truth shall set us free while at the same time reminding us that the heart, the seat of all emotions, is deceitful above all things. In my own life and in counseling, the conversation between father and son repeats itself time and again. The truth is there, but the difficulty of grasping the truth as truth is so difficult. We want to say that what we feel is truth and the Glorious Father proclaims, “It is truth when I say it is truth.”
King David from the Old Testament, you remember him, the guy who slay Goliath, struggled with this very thing. He had committed some greatly atrocious sin, adultery and murder, but how he came to a place that he could do such things was a complete mystery. He knew what he had done, but he could not understand why.
Wow! That is so descriptive of the human experience. We know our sin, but we don’t understand why we are accepting of our sin. Of course, there is the pat answer that we are sinful. This is true, but we each have our own experience. We know that we promiscuous and we shouldn’t be, yet we continue. Why? We know that we are rebellious and disrespectful, and we know this is wrong, but we continue. Why are we ok with continuing in some behavior that we know to be harmful and wrong? Well…I will suggest to you that it goes back to what we believe to be true compared to what God has declared as truth.
In my mini-book, “Breaking Free From Your Past,” I deal with this more extensively. I hope you have read it and shared the free download with all of your friends and family. When we learn God’s truth, the only real truth, and allow it to eclipse what we believe to be true, the chains of our past are broken giving us the freedom to live a new life in the abundance of God’s plan. This is a basic principle that must be applied to the specifics of our life and everyone is different.
The mystical part of truth is that sin has put a veil over the eyes of our heart so that to find it, the veil must be lifted. In other words, a person cannot simply read the Bible and know the truth. The nature of the truth is not wrapped up in the Textus Receptus. No, Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” Truth is something that must be sought after and revealed. Without a knowledge of truth, we can never find God’s good, pleasing, and perfect plan for our life. The lack of truth in a person’s life keep them in bondage without the freedom to really live.
Tomorrow…we will delve into the path of finding the Truth as defined by the Lord.
John 13:31 - 14:14
When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (NIV)
Lord, I am tired of wrestling with myself. I am tired of struggling with the parts of me that I hate. You have declared freedom for my soul now I ask You to help me live in that freedom. My prayer is David's prayer: Give me truth in my inmost place and create in me a clean heart oh God. I can't do it without You Lord. I know this full well. I have tried my whole life and I can't do this on my own power. Save me from myself that I might become who You created me to be. -Amen