Black and White in a World of Gray

Black and White In A World of Gray

People in this world believe many different things. Dozens of view points can be found on any given issue – political, moral, religious, or otherwise.  Opinions on a variety of significant subjects are becoming more and more diverse. In spite of this diversity of opinion, no one wants to state or even imply that someone else could possibly be wrong. After all, what’s right for me may not be right for you! To many, it appears that the truth is a very subjective thing. Yet there are some things that simply are the truth, whether popular or not.

In spite of the current philosophy that truth is subjective, truth does exist, in its full shades of black and white. Though we may seem to live in an age of gray, where anything goes, truth isn’t dead. It is still very much alive, and it impacts us, whether we like it or not.

So you admit that truth does exist. Deep down, you’re tired of all the wishy-washiness of everyone around you. You want to know that you know what’s real, what’s right, and what isn’t. How are you ever to discover the truth in a world of wavering opinion?

Ultimately, there’s only one place to turn for truth – God’s Word!

The Word is God-breathed. It is inspired by Him (2 Tim 3:16). It’s words are the words of the One who created the world around us, and everything with it. He was there from the very beginning. He gave being to all we can see. Don’t you think He would know the truth from the lies? And don’t you think the words He speaks to us would therefore be true? His Word presents truth in it’s true hues, beyond the gray in which our society is entrenched.

The truth doesn’t cease to be the truth just because you refuse to believe it. What God’s Word says is true, whether or not you want to accept what you find in it. Believe it or not, the Bible speaks – either directly or indirectly – to many of the key issues we face on a daily basis. If you search its pages, you will find answers!

When you discover the truth as set forth in God’s Word, don’t be afraid to stand up for it! You don’t have to go after everyone you encounter who believes something different, but don’t be intimidated by them into believing lies. And don’t let opposing opinions of others keep you from standing up for the truth when you are in a position to do so.  Dare to be different, relying on God and His Word to discover the truth, for black and white do still exist, even in a world of gray!

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As a child of God, you can . . .

believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!

approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!

allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!

trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!

receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!

Linking up this post with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully, and Monday’s Musings at What Joy Is Mine.

You Don’t Have To – Part 2

You Don't Have To - Part 2You Don’t Have To . . .

  • believe everything you hear without stopping to consider whether or not it’s the truth. Sometimes, this world tries to tell us things that aren’t really true. Just because you hear it doesn’t make it the truth. Always ask the Spirit of Truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
  • feel condemned every time you mess up. Romans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, you don’t have to experience a constant sense of condemnation, because at the cross, Christ was condemned in your place!
  • worry about the opinions of others. As long as you are doing the right thing – doing what God wants you to do – don’t worry about what others think of you. After all, if God is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8:31)?
  • watch or listen to things that don’t reflect your values as a believer. Some songs, while having a catchy beat, contain lyrics that aren’t very edifying. Some movies and tv shows, while possessing an engaging storyline, include some questionable content, as well. Just because something’s popular doesn’t mean that you have to watch or listen to it. If it doesn’t line up with the kind of thing
    Philippians 4:8 says that you should be thinking about, you may want to rethink your choice of media.
  • always be worrying about situations in your life. Instead, cast all of your cares upon the Lord, believing that He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22). Trust that He will work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)!

Which of these do you need to break away from? How can you begin to do so today?

You Are . . .

This world tries to define us – to tell us who we are. Listening to the lies it tries to tell us can leave us feeling discouraged, condemned, unloved, invisible, and worthless.

The opinions of those around us, however, pale in comparison to how God views us. This is who you are in His eyes:

You Are  . . .

This is your true identity! Own it, believe it, and begin to see yourself through the eyes of your Heavenly Father!

Study It Out In God’s Word

Study It Out In God's WordWeek 19 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Acts 16-20. These chapters speak of the ministry of the Apostle Paul.

Acts 17:10-12 speaks of the Berean Jews, declaring them to be of more noble character than those in Thessalonica.  They received Paul’s message eagerly, and studied the Scriptures daily to see if what he said was true. Many of them believed, as a result.

Like the Jews from Berea, it behooves us to take what others are telling us concerning God’s Word, and study it out for ourselves. It is vital that we have a firsthand knowledge of God’s Word, and base our beliefs upon what it says, rather than simply accepting every teaching we hear at face value.

What we believe about God – about who He is, and how we are to relate to Him – is very important. Our beliefs are the driving force that determines the course of our lives. They can be the difference between living a life of fear and defeat, and a life of freedom and victory. Considering this, it is of high importance that we spend time in the Word of God, which alone is truth (John 17:17), with the request to be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we might know Him better (Ephesians 1:17).

Rather than simply accepting everything we hear, let’s take what we are told, and study it in God’s Word for ourselves, allowing ourselves to be taught by the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13). It is a privilege to be able to enter into relationship with our Heavenly Father. Let’s take time to invest in that relationship, getting to know Him better through the pages of His inspired Word (2 Timothy 3:16)!

Grace and Truth Came Through Christ

Grace and Truth Came Through ChristThe law was given through Moses. Through Jesus Christ came grace and truth (John 1:17). What was the purpose of the law? It was given so that mankind would realize their need for a Savior. Through it, we become conscious of our sin (Romans 3:20).
We see it’s perfects standards, and recognize how far we fall short. We come to the understanding that we can’t save ourselves, and therefore must rely on Christ for our salvation. The law wasn’t given as a way for man to become right with God. Rather, it shows them their need for the One who has paid the price for them to be made righteous.

No one is justified in God’s sight by the works of the law (Romans 3:20). It is through faith in Jesus that we are made righteous (Romans 3:22). He became sin for us, that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because of His finished work at the cross, a new covenant has been established, under which God remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). It is by grace that we have been saved (Ephesians 2:5). God’s unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor is on each of our lives in Christ!

Jesus paid the price for all of the wrong things we have ever done, or ever could do. Our relationship with God, and all of His blessings, are offered as free gifts of His amazing grace. What a wonderful new covenant we are under, because of Christ’s finished work at the cross!