ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16

TRUTH,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   1/16/20,   (Across my desk this morning from Joel.)

Today’s Scripture
“So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate…”
(Ephesians 6:14, GW)
Live Approved

Every morning when you get up, you need to put on God’s approval as your breastplate and say, “Father, thank You that You are pleased with me.” You have to put it on. It’s not going to happen automatically. Thoughts will try to convince you that you don’t deserve God’s blessing, and you’ll start feeling condemned, unworthy, and not expect anything good. You have to put on God’s approval to protect your heart.

Something powerful happens when you say, “I like who I am. I have some faults and failures, but I’m changing and growing. Since God approves me, I approve myself.” When you put on the breastplate of God’s approval, chains of guilt, chains of inferiority, chains of low self-esteem are broken in the unseen realm, and God’s favor is released. God is going to keep making and molding you, and you’re going to break free from things that are holding you back and become everything He’s created you to be.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can put on the breastplate of Your approval to cover my heart because You have made me righteous through Christ Jesus. Thank You that I can feel good about who I am. I believe that You are pleased with me today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Ken’s Thoughts,
TRUTH is an interesting word, it conveys the concept of absolute.   Truth is mentioned 224 times in the King James Bible.  John alone mentioned it 40 times.  In the Psalms it is mentioned 41 times.  David wrote:  Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Ps.25:5  &  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. Ps.25:10 &  I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Ps.40:10.  &  O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Ps.43:3. Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. Ps. 86:11.  This is a profound study through the Psalms that is worth the effort on and easy to do.

In John the first thing that he writes:

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  Jn:1:14-17.   Pilate was recorded as saying this:”What is Truth?” in John 18:38 after Jesus had told him:  “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Jn.18:37….

So we have two words of great meaning for us  Truth & Hypocrisy (To Lie or act).  So how much of our life is really in Christ Jesus in HIS TRUTH and how much is a lie and hypocrisy or acting… In the resurrection all lies shall be exposed.  In fact in the Revelation liars don’t make it into the Kingdom of God.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”  Rev.22:13-15.  So either our lies are forgiven through repentance and the blood of Christ Jesus or we are still living them and they are yet to be openly judged.  A lot of our hypocrisy comes though fear.  Fear that if we really told the Truth we would not be liked and would be rejected.  And that could be very true but it still does not make a lie acceptable to God.  Check out how Jesus feels about lies/hypocrisy in Matt.23.  As Christians we have the fullness of TRUTH in Christ Jesus,  so what are we doing with it?  Is HIS TRUTH the core of our being or are we still sliding around the corners and sweeping stuff under the carpet?  The process of changing to become in the image of Christ Jesus is call Sanctification.  If you are a Christian, this should be a work of the Holy Spirit in progress.  And if you are on your “growing edge” your life is approved and blessed of GOD.

Yours, in HIS great LOVE & TRUTH,   Ken<><

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