February 2021

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The Truth and Nothing but the Truth

“For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” John 16:12-15

Today, more than any other time in my life has these verses from the Lord Jesus and Paul’s epistle to the Thessalonians been so appropriate. We see the landscape of the church, government, economics and culture a wash in currents of “deluding influence.” Every area that touches our lives must be called into question. We are challenged to “test” every motive, attitude and decision as to the truth. The above Scripture points to those “who did not believe the truth.” It makes clear that there is “the truth.” So how do we make sure we “believe the truth”? The only surefire way is to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ who is the way and the truth and the life.” By personally knowing Jesus Christ, He points us to the Word of God to learn the revealed will of God and by relying on it to enable us to navigate the dangerous currents of life that would shipwreck our faith. “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their minds, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. (Ephesians 4:17-19)

By living in Christ and feeding upon the truth of His Word we are assured of the truth. The truth makes it possible to evaluate everything that touches us so we may be assured that we have not been duped by the “deluding influence” that leads to judgment instead of the truth of a righteous life in which we are to live in Jesus. To that end we must “test the spirits” before we accept anything the world offers as “truth” or understanding. My goal is not to scare you or “shock” you, but to make sure you are aware of the events going on around us purposefully not reported or distorted by the main stream media, none of them are exempt. The Lord has burdened me to make sure that you are aware of the dangers we are facing in this world and the truth Christ has given us in His Word that confirms the events that are taking place all over the world of which He is in control. I have been warning you for at least six years of the impending disasters that are approaching our door steps. These things are happening whether we acknowledge them or not. To know Jesus Christ is to know the truth! I want to make sure that you know that you MUST have a personal relationship in “The Lord Jesus Christ” creator of this universe, Judge of mankind and Savior of sinners of whom I am one! Can you say this with assurance with me? Be aware, alert and prepared as our Lord leads us into the upheaval ahead.

Paul continues in Ephesians 4:20 telling us that we cannot learn Christ in a state of darkened understanding and living in ignorance. On the contrary, “if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the ruth. Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.” (4:20-25)

Dear one, may we pursue the righteousness of Jesus Christ in the daily fellowship with the Spirit in a dark and dying world. Resting in truth, peace and life in Christ is our only hope and salvation from the judgment that is promised in His Word. This is our means of preparation. It appears that judgement from the Lord God Almighty has indeed started! Please hope with me to make sure we are  prepared for what our Lord’s will is for our lives. We are facing this together. Remember Jesus told the Jews that believed Him say: “‘So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed 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) May the love of Christ constrain us! Please never doubt my love for you and Jesus Christ loves you all the more!  “Stay under the Shadow of the Almighty!”

Pastor Robert

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