Text: John 4:21-24, Prov.23:23
Introduction: Falsehood worship is a misinterpretation of the truth. This class of worshippers changed truth into falsehood or lies and reverenced creation instead of Creator (Rom.1:25). In the book of John 4:23, God says, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. Truthfulness is a vital character quality for believers. When it is lacking, both individuals and nations begin to crumble internally. Truth is our searchlight. It gives us wisdom, understanding, increases faith and establish chances for God’s blessing in your lives. This character quality of TRUTH is not reserved for born again or pastors alone, but for all since it is the way of God. Your lifestyle influences people around you positively or negatively. Many are confused about the issue of truth because of falsehood worshippers. Today, some people still ask the same question Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Though the world is reluctant to hear the answer, Jesus tells us He is the truth and that He has given His church the spirit of truth so they can know and understand His Word.
However, becoming truthful people won’t happen automatically. We must be willing to accept and speak it, even when it causes us discomfort (Gal. 4:16).
What is Truth? Truth is God and God is the Truth. It is therefore an embodiment of Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Likewise, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). However, Truth is not based on feelings or desires, but on reality. Falsehood, however, is always a misleading statement that misrepresents the truth. This is why you can’t claim to be honest and tell lies or half-truths at the same time. Truth is a universal phenomenon. Truth is constant because it gives same result at any time. Also, honesty shouldn’t vary with external circumstances, so a person with this quality speaks truthfully, even if it is inconveniencing or costly.
How would you know if you are honest and truthful?
Read Ephesians 4:17-25
Self-examination is necessary in determining if you are characterized by honesty. You should consider the following questions, because your answers will reveal, not only your attitude towards truth, but also how much you truly value it. For example, ask yourself:
Do I consider myself to be a truthful person?
Do I have a tendency to slightly alter the truth?
How do I feel when I don’t tell the truth?
How do I feel when I know someone isn’t telling me the truth?
Do I want people to be honest with me?
Do I sometimes feel threatened by the truth?
Do I think it is acceptable to lie as long as I don’t hurt anyone?
Benefits of building truth into your lives
When the Bible is your source of truth, you have a firm foundation for life. Many worshippers (Falsehood) believe whatever suits them best, so truth is your only protection against deception dangers. Knowing biblical truth anchors your soul in times of difficulty and gives you guidance for crucial decisions. Everything in life is distorted when it is absent, and without it, you’re likely to go astray and miss God’s blessing. A foundation of truth helps you live according to God’s will by providing;
Guidance to know what to do in any situation.
Wisdom to know the best way to go.
If you hold onto the truth, fake people will flee from you.
Strength to enable you to stand in time of storm.
Courage to motivate you to do what God asks.
Comfort to assure you that the Lord will handle all consequences.
Faith to help you act on the truth.
Spirit of truth makes you to live a holy life and avoid sin.
What happens when you fail to build truth into your life?
If you continue to deny or resist truth, you will:
It shortens the Hand of God. The finger of God will be ineffective in your life despites G.O’s declarations.
Be misled. Those who do not believe that God’s Word is the only source of truth, will be misled and confused by false teaching.
Develop dirty evil habits. When you disregard Scripture and deny that certain activities are sinful by making them part of you.
Live in emotional bondage. The sin of falsehood affects your personality. That is why there is no such thing as a harmless lie.
Destroy your testimonies. If you have bad reputation and you are known for not telling the truth, no one will believe you when you talk about Jesus.
Grief God’s heart. In His eyes, lies are not categorized. Every falsehood worshipper causes Him grief.
Lack spiritual growth. You can’t be a falsehood worshipper (ignore truth) and mature in the Lord.
Be thrown off balance emotionally.
Dishonesty will always create emotional and mental conflict in you.
Suffer continual disappointment. As a worshipper, you cannot lie and have peace in your hearts. You will always be dissatisfied if you don’t heed the Holy Spirit’s instructions.
Have poor relationships with others. Deception causes a lack of trust, and trust is essential in any relationship.
Dwell on past failures. If your lives have been characterized by dishonesty, you will likely keep looking back at your past wrongs rather than moving forward.
Fail to reach your full potential. Without truth, you’ll never achieve all God has planned for your life.
How can you build truth into your lives?
Understanding the importance of Truth is not enough. You must build it into your hearts and minds by:
Trying all spirits if they are of God or not. 1 John 4:1-3.
Recognizing truthfulness as a foundational principle for life.
Examining past failures and understanding that dishonesty isn’t worth the consequences.
Accepting the Bible as the ultimate guidebook (manual) to practicing truth.
Choosing to speak the truth and carefully observing the results.
Being honest about your failures and why you veered from the truth.
Asking God to give you an ever-increasing desire for truthfulness.
Identifying any areas of weakness, finding applicable Scriptures, and meditate on them daily.
Filling your minds with God’s Word.
Proposing in your hearts to be trustworthy.
Reliable people’s words are true.
As a Minister, you cannot succeed in your ministry without the cooperation of your wife and children. Maintain good relationship, be transparent and be truthful.
Conclusion: The most important truth to understand is that of eternal life. Until you recognize that your sins can separate you from the Lord and that you can never be good enough to gain His acceptance, you will be deceived. The only way to receive His forgiveness is to believe in Jesus, acknowledge He paid the price for your sins, and accept His offer of salvation. This world tells you there are thousand different paths you can take to be reunited with God in heaven, but the simple truth is that Jesus is the only way. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me.
For what reason(s) would you not tell someone the truth?
How do lies adversely affect your closest relationships?
What is your relationship with the Father?
What are those burdens in your life that you can’t share?
Have you ever imagine or thought of the finishing works of the cross?
What is that ugly, secret and hidden sin in your life? Is it health challenge?
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Action Points: What are those things in your life? The Potter is ready to give you rest. Don’t let the devil rob you of God’s perfection and purification.
The Master is calling. His ways are not your ways. He will lighten and break all yokes. That load will be heavier than you. Give it up for Jesus.