“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” – John 17:14-17
You hear people talk a lot now about “your truth” and “my truth”. So let me be clear. There is no “your truth” and “my truth”. There is only “the truth”, and anything else is a lie.
However! There IS “my agreement” and “your agreement” with either “THE truth” or “the lie.”
The truth is influenced and brought to you by the Spirit of God who is the truth the way and the life. He brings you “the truth” knowing that it will set you free from the influence of the one who is lying to you!
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” – John 16:13-14
“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
John 14:6 Tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: no man can get to God… or to the truth, except through Him… He is the one who brought the truth to us in what He taught us at the cost of His own life, because the lie cannot fight the truth. So all it can do is try to silence it. That is why the devil, who is the father of lies tried to kill Him and the stains that came after Him. That is why evil still pushes to this end.
The truth that Jesus brought is “the truth”, the only truth that can save and set you free. The spirit of truth rested upon Him and every word that He spoke was straight from God. The truth made available to us! No more searching or assuming. We have the words of heaven made available to us! Now it is up to us… to “by faith” receive it! Or reject it..
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32
Now understand this. That what you agree with you make yourself sub-servant to. What you obey is what you allow to rules you! Rather it be the spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit of God) or the spirit of error (the spirit of antichrist, or Satan, or pride)
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans 6:16
The devil knows this… Why do you think he tries so hard to get the whole world in agreement with sin? With lies and deception? With anything that opposes God’s teachings?
Because He knows that when you do, you chose to let him rule you. You welcome the spirit of error and reject the spirit of truth, which is the very spirit of Jesus.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” – John 8:44-47
In the end, it comes down to this. You cannot be saved without the Holy Spirit. You can’t have the Holy Spirit while rejecting the truth that it was sent to bring you. You can’t agree with the devil and be filled with God. The Holy Spirit will not serve satan or his agendas. You choose to put your faith in one or the other. The truth or the error.
That’s why truth matters.
Be careful what you agree with. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit. Only the truth can set you free. Only submission to it will grant you a place in eternity with the Spirit and master of it. The truth matters, believing it matters, and speaking it matters.
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 10:10-11