Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Those separated from God do not seek truth or truth is not present in them (Part 3)
But to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath (will be rendered up to them). (Romans 2:8, NKJV)
Selfishness is a barrier to obedience to the truth. Selfishness is the by-product of pride, therefore pride is the cause of every sin. Why do we fall short of the Glory of God? Sin; and sin is caused by having a self-seeking agenda. When we desire to do things our way, and want above all to have it our way, sin is the result. Instead of obeying God’s truth we obey unrighteousness. The result of a life lived after obeying unrighteousness is indignation and wrath. A person who is developing Christian character through waiting on God does not live for the self (Romans 7), but by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8). Wait upon the Lord and avoid judgment.
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? (Galatians 3:1, NKJV)
It is interesting to me that the Apostle Paul considered the normal Christian experience to be one of obedience to the truth considering obedience is rarely taught in churches today. Paul considered disobedience foolish and told the Galatians that they were so. Do you want to be called foolish? I do not. Paul said somebody must have given them the evil eye and cast a spell on them (bewitched) because they were not obeying the truth as portrayed to them by Paul and his teaching of Christ, and Him crucified. A person developing Christian character through waiting on God is obedient to the truth as presented to them.
You ran so well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7, NKJV)
It is not how well you started that matters, it is how well you finish, that you complete the course. The Galatians had been running really good, but got derailed. Obedience is important and the Scriptures plainly teach that as we looked at in another blog. Do not be one who the church has to ask what happened? We as the Body of Christ have been given the stewardship of the truth and we are to be faithful to that trust and live the truth out in our lives (remember we are salt and light). Finish strong and hear those words we all want to hear on the last day, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21, NKJV)
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, NKJV)
The character of the unsaved is portrayed for us in this passage. We should not possess the same traits. Acceptance of deception rather than receiving the love of the truth is contrary to the experience of the personal developing Christian character. If you cannot believe the truth by default you believe the lie. Which camp do you want to be in?
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. (1 Timothy 6:3-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The destitute of the truth are those whose minds are so defiled they cannot perceive the truth; their minds are destroyed by their sinful behavior. People who are destitute of the truth do not teach the words of Christ (how to believe), godly doctrine (what to believe), are proud (believe in themselves), and know nothing of the truth (understanding what to believe). The destitute of the truth are people who error in their understanding. They desire to gain from some sort of godliness (a perception of godliness without the power thereof) for selfish gain. Paul told Timothy to avoid these people – do not count them as believers. Be full of truth and gain that while waiting on God with great hope.
Is there an area that you may be struggling with or that the Holy Spirit nudged you on as you read this meditation? If so commit to submit in this area to the will of God. If you have no issues praise the Lord and ask that He strengthens your character as you with upon Him.