“You have to live like what you know to be true is indeed true.”
I can’t count the number of times I’ve said that… to myself and to others. My own words come back to really hit home sometimes. ‘Cause the thing is, I can know what is true and still not allow truth to inform how I think or impact how I live.
First I have to know what is true, to know what I believe. I love studying God’s word and memorizing scripture. I enjoy good conversations with people as we wrestle with understanding truth.
But I’m also a person who needs reminders throughout the day to keep me grounded. So I set notifications on my phone. I make lock screens that will speak truth when I pick up my phone or look at my watch. I wear bracelets or tshirts with messages I need to hear. I even carry things in my pocket to remind me of what I need to remember.
What am I holding this week? A funny toy to remind me of friendship and support. And this red stone to remind me of a God who loved me so much that Christ gave His all for me!
How do you hold on to truth? First of all, are you diligently seeking to know truth and secondly what do you do to remember what is true?
This morning I was brought back to Psalm 16, a Psalm of David entitled: you will not abandon my soul.
And, let me tell you, it was a truth I needed to remember this morning. It is a truth I need to cling to… but it is also a truth, in the face of a broken world, that can be hard to hold on to.
I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
“Live like what you know to be true is indeed true.”
We are never alone… never.
We do not fight these battles alone… ever.
The war has been won, our eternity is secure. And what’s more, even when I can’t see it, even when I struggle to believe it, even when I can’t understand it… “I know the Lord is always with me.”
So today, that simple truth is where I’ll start. It’s what I’ll keep reciting. It’s how I will pray without ceasing.
And, how about you? What truth are you standing on this morning? How can I be praying for you?
In Ephesians 6, Paul plainly states we are in a battle, not against flesh and blood. And we need to equipped in God’s strength with His armor. Armor or truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer.
But what do you do when you can’t hold the armor or it feels like the armor is failing? As you lean hard on the Lord also know you are never alone, you don’t fight alone.
Brothers and sisters in Christ we do not fight alone, God fights for us and He has given us others to fight along side us. In Exodus 17, when Moses could no longer hold up his arms in battle and he was tired and couldn’t stand, Aaron and Hur brought him a rock to sit upon and held up his arms...
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:12
Friends be the one to bring the rock as a foundation for the battle weary to rest upon. Hold up their arms and cling to truth when they are to weak in the battle to carry on.
Live like what you know to be true is indeed true. And when others are too weak to stand on truth, you stand on that truth for them and hold their arms up in the fight.