Several years ago, our Vacation Bible School theme was “God’s Unshakeable Truth.” The kids learned how to know the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth.
The Unshakeable Truth is this…God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so we can be made pure in God’s eyes and live with Him forever in eternity.
Notice how the kids had to know this truth before they could speak it or live it. The same is true for us as adults today.
We are living in a world that wants to impose its truth on us. It entices us to believe the truth that everything is about us and that we should do whatever it takes to make ourselves happy.
We are also living in a time when people are divided among party lines, racial backgrounds, income, and religious beliefs. I can hardly watch the news anymore because I do not know who to believe. Every news story is clouded by the thoughts, values, and mindset of those delivering the story. There are very few sources for true facts these days.
So what do we do about it when the truth is so hard to know?
We go to the source of truth…God and His Word.
Let me share a few things I’m doing to keep God’s Unshakeable Truth before me daily.
1. Be careful who you allow to speak into your life.
There are so many voices telling us things all day long. As I’ve said already, sometimes it is hard to discern what is true and what is not. There are several ways to make sure you are listening to the right people. Editing who you see in your social media feeds, making a conscious choice to seek out fact-based news sources, and keeping your distance from people who just want to stir up trouble are all ways to help you control the information that you are seeing every day.
2. Spend more time in the Word instead of in the world.
Lately, I’ve been convicted of how little time I spend in God’s Word and in prayer. How can I know the truth if I’m not actively seeking out what God has to say about what’s going on in our world today and how to live?
Starting my day with Bible reading and prayer helps to set me up for success for the day. I’m more able to see lies for what they are and am able to adjust my attitude and thoughts toward certain situations.
Without knowing the truth found in the Bible, then I’m walking around aimlessly and unprepared for whatever may come my way to challenge or test my faith.
Conversely, the more time I spend on social media, the more frustrated I get. I’m tempted to lose my cool and say things that I shouldn’t say. My attitude becomes more negative and I tend to become more judgemental of others.
I think you would agree spending time in the Bible is so much more important than spending time in the world.
3. Turn off the news and turn on the music.
I’ll admit I’ve become a news junky over the last few years since I’ve had satellite radio in my car. I tend to listen to one channel over the others. However, even though I agree with a lot that is said, I recognize that the news is slanted toward a certain bias. And I found that I would tense up when listening to that channel while driving around town.
Now, a Christian music channel where I’m filled with God’s truth is my choice for listening. Listening to and singing along with these songs keeps me focused on God and brings peace in my life.
4. Write verses out about the truth.
Yes, digging into God’s Word and writing down what He says about truth is crucial to growing in our knowledge of the truth. That’s why I created this month’s Scripture Writing Plan to help us focus on the truth.
Many of the verses talk about what the truth is. However, many of them also focus on how we are to live out that truth. I hope you will find it beneficial in your search for God’s truth.
Visit the Scripture Writing Plan page to download the current month’s plan. You will also have the opportunity to access the Scripture Writing Plan Archives to download plans with other topics.