WALKING IN THE TRUTH
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3John 4)
Beloved, Goodness and Mercy!
The will of God and His greatest desire is to see His children walking in the truth and not in deception. It gives Him joy to see us live a life of the knowledge of the truth. That way we’ll stand our ground against any form of misleading from the devil or his agents, and thereby fully represent Him wherever and in whatever circumstance we find ourselves.
To walk in the truth, we must basically know the truth in the first place. It is when people don’t know what is right that they embrace what is wrong – ignorantly. That is because they cannot differentiate between the two. Jesus Christ explicitly stated:
“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). In another place, He says “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life (John 14:6).
So automatically, knowing the Truth is knowing Jesus, and vice versa. And when one knows Him (the truth), he or she is supposed to be free from deception, from lies, and deceits. But how comes a lot of people claim to know Him, and yet are easily deceived?
It’s interesting to know that knowing Jesus goes beyond accepting Him as Lord and Savior or believing Him to be the Son of God. The real knowing of Jesus that can make one free is knowing the word of God as Jesus Himself is the word. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God… and the word became flesh and lived amongst us” (John 1:1,14).
But how many today in our busy, fast moving world know the word by spending time with Him (the word)?, which accounts for why they claim to know Him, but don’t know Him in reality.
To walk in the truth, to be free from deceit demands maturity in the word. According to Apostle Paul,
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
To walk in the truth, Apostle Paul again admonishes:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:6-8).
Mark that phrase “rooted and built up” That is the key to walking in the truth. If we’re not rooted and built up in Him, we’ll find it difficult to walk in the truth.
May we get to know the truth (Jesus) via spending ample time with the word, thereby being mature to distinguish between the truth and the deception that is in the world. That’s when we’ll be able to walk in the truth – and bring Him joy. That is His will and desire for us.
Servant of Jesus Christ
In partnership with the Ministry of the Word (MOW): http://www.ministryoftheword.org