Living the values of heaven 5

2015-12.5

Matthew 7:24-27

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

Everything changes except truth

In BBC1 Would I Lie To You, contestants hear each other’s improbable stories and have to decide: “True or untrue?” In daily life, we have to do a version of this: separate what is true by God’s yardstick from what is untrue – believing the lies causes us to spiral down and behave erratically.

RICK WARREN is the founder of Saddleback, one of the largest churches in the world, and a sought-after international speaker. I heard him most recently at the HTB Leadership Conference in London last May. He writes a daily devotional entitled Daily Hope that has a LOT of followers and I am quoting part of today’s post where he talks about the security of having a rock solid foundation:

Everything in life changes — relationships, jobs, fame. One minute you’re a hero; the next minute you’re a zero. There’s only one thing in the entire universe that won’t change: God’s love. Knowing that God still loves you, no matter what happens — your failures, your brokenness, your sin — provides a rock solid foundation in your life.

The story about the wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt. 7:24) is one that, even today, many people know and of course anyone who bas grown up in or helped with a Sunday club will know it off by heart. But it’s more than a great story. It gives us a life-saving principle that we use every day as we make choices – especially choices about what to believe, what to think and what to say.

The rock solid foundation that Rick Warren explains, that God loves us without condition, is the rock of God’s truth. God’s sacrificial, unconditional love for us is the main plank of that truth.

This is thebclimax of all the teaching in Matthew 5, 6 and 7, and this truth sums it all up.

British readers may enjoy the BBC1 TV game, Would I Lie To You, where contestants tell each other embarrassing, improbable stories which end with chairman Rob Brydon’s catchphrase question “True or untrue?”

There’s a constant battle going on over thoughts in our minds, where we have to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) and see if they line up with His truth or not. It takes a bit of practice. We are more vulnerable to certain thoughts, which are able to get in and become our thoughts… worries… anxieties… or obsessions that grip us and rule us.

Today’s breaking news concerns the tragedy that cost 150 lives as a pilot apparently knowingly flew an aircraft into a French mountainside at 500mph. This was the co- pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who media reports suggest was known to have suffered bouts of depression. Simplistic though it may seem, depression has roots in entertaining thoughts that were untrue – believing lies. Depressed or not, he surely must have been in the grip of a powerful lie to do what he did.

Love – the main expression of God’s love – saves.

CHECK IT OUT

  • Where are you most successful in building your life on truth?
  • Where is a particular struggle to take every thought captive to obey Christ
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