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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)

Some can exchange the truth of God for a lie, and results in not waiting on Him.

Danger, danger!  The New Testament epistles give a stern warning to the seekers of truth: once you receive the truth do not trade it for a lie.  The following passages are either warnings or examples of people who exchange truth for lies.  Notice truth is singular in these passages because there is only one truth.  But on the other hand Scripture speaks of lies plural, or a lie, or the lie, because there are many lies.  It is much easier for a disciple to learn the truth by waiting than it is to learn all the lies in circulation.  Remember Satan is the father of lies and can only speak lies (John 8:44).  Let us briefly explore these Biblical warnings in the New Testament:

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.  (Romans 1:24-25, NKJV)

In the context of this passage the lie is the worship of idols, or the creature.  The truth is worship of God, or the Creator.  Who has the real power and creative genius: the creature or the Creator?  Why would we worship the things made by our hands rather than the Creator?  Is it because when we make something we become like God?  It does not make any sense, but Christians do it every day.  Remember an idol is anything that takes the place of God on the throne of your heart.  Do you have idols in your heart?  Seek the Creator by waiting upon Him.

You ran so well.  Who hindered you from obeying the truth?  (Galatians 5:7, NKJV)

Paul wrote Galatians because the error, or lie, of legalism came through the backdoor and replaced the truth of grace clearly taught by Paul and the authoritative teaching of the Apostles.  Paul wants names and foretells of their ruin in the verses that follow: “This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.  A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you will have no other judgment, whoever he is.” (Galatians 5:8-10)  Remember legalism the godless doctrine of earning your salvation through works.  Works are the fruit of salvation not the cause.  As you wait on God check your heart and determine that no hint of legalism is in it because it only takes a little legalism (or leaven) to cause serious damage (or leaven the whole lump).    

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