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1 Kings 17:24
And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that
the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.
A True Report
Radiology report is an accurate truthful representation of what was seen on an image by
a doctor.
The image determines what the "truth" is for that patient.
The doctor's job is to be as accurate in his assessment of that picture. He must
exactly say what is wrong, and must comment about what is not wrong. His report
must be exactly the truth, perfectly accurate.
His report is read and repeated by other doctors, who relay the information to the
patient.
If we or our loved ones are sick, and we demand perfect and accurate truthful report
from a doctor, how much more; when it comes to our ETERNAL SOUL; should we
DEMAND that our preachers say only the truth?
How much more should we set a high personal standard for ourselves and DEMAND
for ourselves that we are following ONLY the truth, and not just religious tradition or
man's ideas.
John 17:17
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
We are sanctified (set apart unto God), in other words; we get our identity as God's own
people by how closely we follow the Bible.
When we hear truth, see that it matches the written Word, and then alter our lives if
necessary to follow it - no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient.
If by our actions, people can "read a living Bible" by looking at what we do
By only tolerating truth; by totally rejecting even the half-truth - no matter who is
preaching
John 1:14
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.
Jesus is the WORD made flesh. He was a living Bible personified.
Psalms 19:8
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is
pure, enlightening the eyes.
Many times today, it happens: doctors see things on reports that don't get acted on,
whether the doctor is too conservative, or it just gets overlooked. To the detriment of the
patient.
Sincere but wrong
2 Corinthians 4:2
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor
handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending
ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
Deceitful = guilty of or involving deceit; deceiving or misleading others
What happens to a group of people or a church when a pastor handles the word of God
deceitfully?
That group of people believes what is preached to them as truth, even though they've
been lied to.
The lie is spread to others, either by those who were preached to, or by others that
come to hear the pastor speak.
The lies that are spoken are doubly damaging to those that hear it. Not only do
people adjust their lives and begin living a lie, but the truth that they did not receive
can not benefit them.
When the Word of God is preached in truth, the actions produced by that Word will not
only bring results, but those actions will match what was done in the Bible. NO
EXCEPTIONS
Psalms 33:4
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Psalms 138:2
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and
for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.