Satan wants us to fall.

How do we know what is truth?

Sanctify them by Your truth~Your word is truth”   ~John 17:17

Jesus would start His sentence with the term, “I tell you the truth” when He was quoting scripture so the people would know that the Word of God was the indisputable truth. How do we know what is truth? In the same way, we trust only the Word of God, that’s how!

But how can we be certain that every word is truth? Because Jesus said so! Also keeping to the purest versions of the Bible will ensure its integrity as well. I always recommend the King James Version, and I use the New King James version for ease of reading but always refer back to the KJV for clarification and verification.

So, are we ever supposed to just live and let live— just let others believe what they want and not care if it’s true, or are we to continue sharing the truth of the Word of God? What does the Bible say about this mentality? Are we to go our own way, leaving everyone to just believe whatever they want, and not say anything to them? Should we go along with all of the secular ways and ideas to get along with everyone and just fit in? Is this what God wants us to do? Are we to simply stand by and watch others go astray because of false doctrine—or are we to speak the truth, no matter what?

Without a doubt, we are to share the truth of the Bible with others. We are to stand firmly on every word of God and boldly speak the truth. We are to warn everyone we meet—tell anyone that will listen, and turn as many as possible back to the true word of God—the unaltered Bible.

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”   ~John 16:13

The Holy Spirit will guide us. He will lead us to the deep truths of the Bible. He will cross our paths with those He wants us to instruct, and will lead us to the exact verses we need.

This is an incredible thing that He does. He leads me to every verse I need when I’m writing these blogs. It never ceases to amaze me how He does this over and over again.  The very next verse is a perfect case in point. He just led me to this verse as I was reading my Bible, and He put on my heart exactly where to put it in this post!

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts shall be established.”   ~Proverbs 16:3

We must trust His word totally, and we must also trust that He can and will put His words in our minds to speak with our mouths when we need them. The following verse is Jesus referring to the Holy Spirit, and how He shows us His truths—even the truths of all things that are to come upon the earth.

“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”   ~John 16:14-15

Knowing that the power of the Holy Spirit will be leading and helping, should give us the confidence to boldly speak the truth from the Bible to others.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   ~Acts 1:8

The Bible is choke-full of stories about this very subject, and none of them encourage us to stand down when it comes to speaking out for truth. In fact, these Bible accounts tell us to go and tell as many will listen about God’s word and plan of salvation. Because without this warning no one will know what to do to avoid the destruction that will end this world!

Jonah, Noah, Lot, just to name a few are all accounts of this very thing. Let’s start with JonahGod sent Jonah to a faraway city that was consumed with sin—a city that needed to hear the truth from the Scriptures to warn them to turn from their evil ways—a city that God was going to destroy because of the continual sin of all the inhabitants. However, Jonah didn’t want to go so God helped him get there in a whale. At the end of this story, Jonah preached the truth of God, and in so doing saved one hundred and twenty thousand people in the City of Nineveh from total inhalation!

This story is known as a type/anti-type, a foreshadow of what’s about to happen at the second coming. People are being warned but they, like the people of Nineveh, have free will to accept or to refuse the warning.

Now on to the story of Noah. We all know the story of Noah’s ark . . . and by his actions, you can see that Noah was an obedient man to God. In contrast to Jonah, Noah obeyed and did everything God told Him to do without question. Nevertheless, this too was a place consumed with sin. It was so corrupted there that the Bible tells us that there was nothing but sin, that every thought of the people’s hearts was continually evil! Therefore no one listened to Noah, and because of this everything was destroyed and they all perished in the flood. (This account is another example of a type/anti-type of what’s about to happen at the second coming, except this time it will be a flood of fire rather than water.)

Lastly is the story of Lot. This is another story of a city that was consumed with sin—they refused to hear and obey the word of God and were destined for destruction. Abraham, Lot’s uncle negotiated with God to spare the lives of any righteous men in Sodom. However, no righteous men were found there and this city was also destroyed, not with water but with fire. (Again, this is yet another type/anti-type of the second coming, and the firestorm that will ensue.)

He who despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”   ~Proverbs 13:13

Does God ever encourage us to forgo truth to fit in and be liked? Nope! The complete opposite is true for the word of God. We are to rebut lies and refute falsehoods whenever an opportunity arises. We aren’t to beat people over the head with the Bible truths but we’re never to agree with false doctrine in order to fit in.

Proverbs 10 tells of this over and over—the way of righteousness (truth) is life—the outcome of falsehood leads us to death. This is the inevitable end of both those who speak only the truth of the Bible as well as those who choose the babbling of the wicked. Anything that is not truth is wickedness.

What is a hardened heart?

When we hear the truth from the word of God but choose to ignore it or disregard it as untruth, our heart becomes hardened. This hardening is a process of thinking we know better than what the Bible teaches, or, in many cases, we simply don’t want to do what God says!

“And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had spoken unto Moses.”   ~Exodus 9:12

God refers to the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart as allowing him the free will to stubbornly persist in his error. God gave Pharaoh His truth through the mouth of Moses but Pharaoh harkened not (wouldn’t listen), and by refusing to listen and obey, his heart was hardened.

God will lead us just as He tried to lead Pharaoh to the truth. But nevertheless, we all have a free will to accept His corrections or to plow through with stubbornness to our own demise!

Too many people have had their hearts hardened by false doctrine, and have come to a point where they refuse the Bible as God’s words of instruction. We can try to lead them back to the truth but we can not force them. If they persist with their false beliefs we must let them go. These are the times we must do as Jesus did, kick the dust off our feet and move on to someone that is willing to learn.

“And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”   ~Mathew 10:14

The Bible tells us over and over to share the truth! We must spread the gospel. We must tell everyone what the Bible says from cover to cover, and help them to understand all of God’s word. It doesn’t matter if they believe, all that matters is that we tell them. Only God can convict them.

Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”   ~Matthew 7:6

Casting pearls to the swine is a great visual as to how useless it is to continue to share the pearls of wisdom from the Bible with those that have no desire to learn.

We shouldn’t waste our time on those that refuse to accept the literal true word of God— those that won’t listen to correction and refuse reproof from the Bible. 

Satan wants us to fall.

“He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.”   ~Proverbs 10:17

If we take to heart the warnings God is giving us in His infallible word, we will not be led astray by the false teachings of man. We must run everything we hear through the truth filter known as the Bible. God’s commands are a guardrail to keep us from falling for the lies of the devil.

Satan wants us to fall. He wants us to blindly follow the deceptive ways that he has led man astray with from the beginning.

What is the Great Commission?

What exactly is Jesus’ great commission, and when did He say this? He spoke these words before He ascended into heaven the second time—He told His disciples to go and do this thing. We are His disciples, all who follow Jesus are His disciples and are commissioned to do the same.

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”   ~2 Timothy 4:2

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”   ~Matthew 28:19-20

These verses tell us in order to become His disciples we must share the Word of God—we must convince, rebuke, exhort, and teach as many that will listen. Jesus is commissioning all believers to know and to share the truth of His infallible word!

As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”   ~John 17:18

Jesus compares sending us to share the Bible truths to God sending Him. That’s a pretty powerful comparison if ya ask me. Do we take Him seriously, do we honor Him with our lives or do we live for ourselves to satisfy our own selfish desires?

He will guide us!

Is it even possible in this day and age to share the word of God with a planet full of unbelievers? Is it any more difficult now than it was in Noah’s day, or in Jonah’s time? I’d have to say no because the Bible tells us that the people of the earth were evil continually!

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”   ~Genesis 6:5

If God tells us to do something, He always gives us the ability to do it. No matter how difficult it might be He will always give us the means, and the know-how to achieve His plans.

What did Jesus tell us regarding sharing the word? He tells us to share His truths to the end of the earth, to all the nations, tribes, kindred, people, and in every language, and then the end will come.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”   ~Matthew 24:14

If we think only of ourselves and what pleases us, then we’re no better than the rest of humanity. If we don’t do our very best to share the knowledge God has blessed us with, our lives are as worthless as the atheists’. We are all commissioned by God to preach the gospel to the lost—tell the truth of the Bible to those that are going the wrong way—warn them to turn from their sinful ways and turn back to God before it’s too late.

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”   ~Isaiah 55:6-7

A firestorm is coming, Jesus is returning soon and we must warn as many will listen to get on the boat of salvation—leave the city of sin, and turn to God while He can be found— before the ark is sealed closed and the flood of fire begins. Call out to Him and He will have mercy on you because He is a God of love and forgiveness forever. 

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”   ~2 Peter 3:9

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You might say that I was a rather late spiritual bloomer, tripping my way into the Lord's arms not all that long ago. Nevertheless, I've been on the fast track ever since through a decade of Bible study courses and daily devotion. Changing careers a few years back and becoming a published author of Christian motivational books, leading to spiritual children's books and now this blog.

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