Follow The Truth

This is a warning for those in the church.

There are many who claim to walk in the right way. Saying that they know the truth. Claiming sonship with the Lord Jesus and teaching the way of life. Many work very hard to search for the deep things of wisdom, to understand what the Bible says.

But they may be following a particular persuasion of religion. They may be following the ideas taught by men from the past instead. They may be convinced that they are completely right because they agree with what was written in books. Therefore they strongly teach and encourage others to follow their own ways of understanding instead of the Word of Truth.

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3

But are they truly following the way, the truth, and the life? You have to ask this question when confronted by someone who is claiming Jesus as their guide. Are they teaching or doing things God does not approve of? Are they producing bad fruit by the words and deeds displayed in their life? Perhaps calling good evil or evil good in some way or are they hiding secret sins that will become evident after time has passed.

Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. 1 Timothy 5:24

Many in these last days rely upon the words and teaching of the popular and those in some high position of religious authority. Those others have been applauded for their intelligence or education. Do you doubt what I just said? Are you thinking, “I don’t rely on what others say, I listen to the Lord?” I hope that is true. But honestly, we all have a tendency to more readily approve of others when others approve of them.

Take a minute and think about it. Who do you quote when you are in a religious debate when you want to say something profound, or where do you turn when you desire further insight into a particular subject. We go to someone with professional experience or knowledge. The same is true with biblical knowledge. May it be a commentary, concordance, the teachings, or a book of a well-known theologian, pastor, or teacher? Perhaps some great man from the past. This is the source of confirmation for many.

I am sure there are many that have much wisdom from the Lord. Truthfully, there have been many godly men who were carried along by the Holy Spirit, and their writings are very helpful. But how are you to know who was taught by the Holy Spirit? Who was right and who was in error? Who is the one that decides who is right and who is wrong, your pastor? Which ones are reliable and which ones are not? There is only one completely reliable source of truth and it is not the word of a man but the Lord Himself.

The Holy Spirit is the source you need to rely on, the one you need to listen to. He is the direct connection to the Father and Jesus. This is why God gave us the Holy Spirit. To teach us what is true. There is no other authority but God. He will never teach what is in error. Never does He make a mistake. Yet, men do fail and even speak from their own minds instead from the Spirit.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15

Far too many seek to listen to the opinions of others to determine what is true or false. To come to a conclusion about a matter. Sometimes referred to as “fact-checking.”

Do you think that finding others to agree with your position makes you right? Why then do you feel that you are right after amassing a sufficient amount of followers that agree with you? I mean, how many followers exactly does it take to make what you believe to be true? To convert what you think is true to what is true. Does it take seven, eleven, five hundred and fifty-eight, or one million people in agreement?

You can see that this is not how truth works. Just because you believe you can fly by flapping your arms does not change the reality of gravity if you jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet. No amount of people who agree with your point of view will ever make anything true. It is God Himself that determines truth, none other.

I am sorry but a leader with a million followers does not make him right. Neither does financial success prove that they are favored by God. It just makes him right in his own eyes and the wealth that has come with his success may puff him up in pride, as well as others. Satan prospers many who are wicked and swindlers, yet their downfall will not be delayed when their time has come.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:2-3 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. Proverbs 11:21

I am saying these things because there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing right now dwelling in the church buildings. Yes, many in positions of power in the churches seek to destroy God’s people. Many pretend to be godly but are vicious wolves trying to silence those who speak God’s truth.

I want you to be able to recognize them and avoid them. Because their true cause is not for good but for evil. It is not to do the will of the Lord. But to lead others astray into distraction, into diverse and strange teachings. Leading them to hell, to where they are going themselves. There is no nice way to say it.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:15-23

Did you get that? It is their fruits that give them away. Their actions and the things they either approve of or condemn show their true colors. Watch out for those who claim to be of God but condemn the good things of the Lord and secretly or overtly approve of things that are evil. Those who try to put the righteous to shame.

Those who despise justice, holiness, modesty, humility, peace, and righteous instruction. They seek the opinions of others, the desires of their own flesh, and the acknowledgment of followers, pastors, and religious leaders. All this they do, instead of following and listening to the Holy Spirit. Denying that He still speaks to His servants.

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except for the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11

You were called to be holy as Jesus is holy. To follow His example and not to be a follower of another. To live a righteous and upright life. Yes, studying the Word of God is a very good thing, even checking what others have written about it. But the Spirit of the Lord must be your teacher. If you desire wisdom, understanding, and insight, just ask God in faith and trust that He will give it to you. That He will speak the truth to you.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8

  2 comments for “Follow The Truth

  1. Sarah Sandoval
    June 21, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Amen..
    Good evening God bless you abundantly brother 🙏🏻

    Liked by 1 person

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