Federal agents don’t learn to spot counterfeit money by studying the counterfeits. They study genuine bills until they master the look of the real thing. Then when they see the bogus money they recognize it.”
Seek truth! If we spend more time looking for what’s false, wrong, and a lie in someone or something, we may have a hard time finding the Truth. We must know the truth to identify the lie. Many times being worried about what is wrong comes from a place of fear and God does not desire you seek Him from a place of fear. Be free. Perfect love casts out fear. Seek His love and all that is good. Set your mind on Him. You can’t go wrong when you look at Jesus.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believe Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.John 8:31-32
Jesus was speaking to a group of people and there were Jews who were believing His words.
Note: We must remember to always consider context when we share singular verses. Many will use the verse referenced above and say it’s talking about the Bible, but the Bible wasn’t yet in existence when Jesus spoke these words.
They were listening to the words Jesus was saying and were believing them. Then He made a statement; a promise.
Let me paraphrase what Jesus said:
“If you listen and live by My word, you are my disciples. My words will bring the truth and the truth will make you free.“
Unfortunately, it’s become common for us to “preach and teach” on what we don’t believe, shouldn’t believe, and what we should stay away from. We become experts in what we don’t believe so that we can argue why it’s wrong. In essence, we fill up our time in what we don’t believe, but that’s not really what our heart desires. Our desire is to know the truth. So why do we spend so much time reading, learning, and watching what we don’t believe or agree with.
Jesus said to continue in HIS word. Focus on HIS word. If we are focused on other things or learning about things that oppose His word so that we can prove them wrong or convince others of how wrong it is, it’s very easy to take our focus off of His word. Our intent in all we do should be to draw close to Him and lead others to draw closer to Him. The intent should not be to “keep them away from evil.” It should be to draw them close to Him. Keeping them away from evil becomes a byproduct of drawing closer to Jesus. Does that make sense?
While I am an advocate for being well rounded, that’s not what I’m address here.
When we have platforms, which we all do nowadays with social media, we should use it to make the world a better place. For believers in Jesus Christ, we should use it to advance His Kingdom on this Earth.
There are times where our platforms need to be used to expose lies, evil, etc., but I want to encourage us all to focus using our platforms more on sharing what we DO believe. If everyone were to do that the world would be a much more peaceful place and we wouldn’t be releasing words of pain, hurt, and death.
Personally, I want to hear what you believe and what you think. When that is done properly I don’t really need to know what you are against or don’t believe. What you believe tells me more about you then what you don’t believe. Also, to elaborate, when I say “I want to hear what you believe”, I don’t mean I want to hear what you believe about how someone else thinks, feels, or what you believe the motives of their heart. That would be you tell me about them and if I wanted to know about them, I’ll go check that out from them. Tell me about you! Tell me what you do believe. Share with me why you believe it and how it changed you.
I honestly believe that if we were to focus our efforts sharing what we believe and not what we are against, there wouldn’t be so much strife; even in the midst the Church.
I challenge you to make this change, if you aren’t already doing it and I commit to do the same.
Let’s chase the truth. That’s where we find freedom!