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Truth vs. Lies, Part 1

Chester Clark III


Chester Clark III

Pastor, Evangelist, and Educator


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truth is important to me is important do you know so many little things in our daily life hinge on truth as were going around our activities is where maybe in the dorm and in class maybe where work is often opportunities for us to hear little things being said they might be reports of what someone has said right or what someone has done and often we take these things as though they were truth when perhaps they were just the interpretation of what was said most than newness out anything is a little a little ways and big ways little things that are quite true get into our thinking and into our ideas and into our understanding and the more those little things get into our ideas and into her understanding the more they begin to cause problems I believe you're going to see this evening that God is a lover of truth and is a reason that he is a lover of truth the reason is because he loves people and he knows that people thrive on truth they thrive on what untruth the more completely truth encompasses our mind the Phils are thinking and our thoughts the more healthy were going to be mentally and spiritually or there's so many things of the devil tries to bring into our consciousness that are not truth we want to believe a certain thing and I'm talking about as young people maybe it's that you know really that chocolate ice cream would be good for me mommy or maybe it's a really I think that I would be happier if I could do this or I could do that I do have this exam that the devil gets a little thinking these little thought into our team from a very early age and it's important for us now that we have become adults young adults it's important for us to begin filtering our thoughts on a standard of truth you see when someone says something you might be tempted to take it at face value but we should ask ourselves the question is it what is it true how do I know it's true if we simply ask that question it would solve a new awful lot of problems between people you have to solve a lot of a lot of problems in our own thinking the devil tries to bring the lies about us into our thinking as well they take one of two forms may be more one of the forms of lies the devil tries to bring into our thinking about ourselves is that we are not good enough work to back were too great of a sender work too worthless of a person have you ever been tempted to think those are the thoughts I don't think there's a person probably who hasn't at some time or another thought those are the thoughts in the light of the Bible to life truth is are those accurate thoughts the Bible says you have been bought with a price we are valuable to God right are we sinners yes but are we worthwhile are we too great of a sinner to be safe now because Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners and Paul himself the more he seemed to understand the character of God the more he came to understand truth the more you realize he was a great sinner but Jesus Christ was a great Savior and so he could say Jesus Christ came to this world to save sinners of whom I she never form the double of life the double tries to bring in right-thinking is it were pretty good after all we had arrived in other people may have strange ideas but when they balance you know everyone else is either liberal or ultra- conserved by where middle-of-the-road and we interpret the spirit of prophecy in the Bible correctly and after all where were pretty good and we're pretty popular and the world revolves around us actually we know it it revolves around the sun and weird but I suspect I suspect any speck of a galaxy in this great universe so the devil tries to bring error into our minds another favorite life the devil is it somehow by following God were going to miss out on something by following artists own ideas which in reality is following the enemy of souls temptations we're going to have an happier life if you ever heard that I never thought it it's insidious is not that it comes with flagrantly added that we'd is always a yes I want to be happier following taken or I will be happier finds it we don't say that but in our mind we can we hold back a full surrender to God and the only rational reason that I can think of that we might hold back that surrender of our entire being to God is because somehow were listening to some of the Devils lies and as you have opportunity to go home you're going to have to put a filter and determine what is true and what is hair the only way we can determine truth versus error is through the word of God amen so seemingly look at the word of God were to look at how God 's word defines not just truth as something God delights in or Laos were going to look at how truth is a very description of who God is that's pretty father in heaven tonight the truth is that our hearts are hardened by living in this world of sin our minds have been known to buy a thousand years of transgressions and we confess now our need for your Holy Spirit to be our teacher and I open our understanding father made my words be used by your Holy Spirit to bring conviction and truth to each of our hearts tonight including mail not because any of us are worthy but because of Jesus and because of his love for us and because of his promises to us we claim them in his name amen tonight were going to be talking about truth versus lies and primarily I want us to be able to ask the question who is character are we reflecting whose character are we like first of all I want us to look in the Bible many verses that describe the character of God the character thought he will I've made that as a statement of the beginning were going to have to look at the Bible to see if that's true I hope you will think as we look at the following verses to see if in fact the Bible is teaching that the character of God equals truth member what I what I said about having a filter out the determines whether what we're hearing is truth or lies that should even be right now during prayer meeting right look at the standard the word of God and see if this is true axis chapter thirty four in verse six the Bible says the Lord God passed by before him and proclaimed the Lord God the Lord the Lord God merciful merciful and gracious long-suffering and abundant in goodness and what in truth Deuteronomy thirty two verse four he is the rock and his work is perfect for all his ways are judgment a God of truth and without iniquity just and right is he a God of truth it says continuing on into thine hand I commit my spirit thou has redeemed me O Lord God of what the Lord God of truth for the word of the Lord Psalm thirty three burst forth the word of the Lord is right and all his works are done in truth the Bible says in Psalm fifty seven verse ten for thy mercy is great of the heavens at night shrews undo where under the clouds at this almost is describing these attributes of God and he says your mercy is all the way to heavens and your truth also to the clouds now sometimes we like to focus on characteristics of God such as mercy right but sometimes we forget that equally important with God 's mercy is God 's will is truth his sense of right and wrong in the judgment of worse be glad for that relevant that one some Asus verse fifteen that thou Lord our God will compassionate and gracious long-suffering suffering and plenteous in mercy and truth very similar statement David's repeats Psalm eighty nine verse fourteen justice and judgment on the habitations of thy throne mercy and truth shall go before thy face Psalm ninety one numbers for he shall cover thee with his feathers we like to claim these promises are doing is a company with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust his truth shall be thy shield and Buckland truth is a good section for those who belong to Jesus not something you have to be afraid of truth is a protection it's something that insulates us from the deceptions of the enemy and from the traps that he might have us to fall into continuing on Psalm one hundred and first five for the Lord is good his mercy is everlasting and his truth endurance to all generations have you ever known someone that had to change their story frequently pretty soon the reality is they can't remember what they told about that particular incident and so we begin to notice that wait a minute you said something as the stories don't match right it is not there necessarily trying to contradict themselves into the habit told the truth the truth my friends never change this you can't change history can you can wish you didn't say something you can wish you didn't do something you can even deny doing it or saying it but you can't change it if you get it or set it right because truth never changes it will be the same for all eternity some hundred neighbors for fly mercy is great another in truth reaches under the clouds some on eleven verse seven who works in his hands are very keen judgment all his commandments are sure Psalm one eleven Mercedes they stand fast forever and are dining shrewdness and uprightness verses Psalm one seventeen verse two for his merciful kindness is great toward us and ensure that the Lord into a forever crazy the Lord Psalm one hundred nineteen one forty July righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and I law is what the truth you get a theme here especially brass the book of Psalms over and over David is describing the character of God he's describing what God is like what his judgments alike what is Justices like what his kingdom and his his government is like an Olmert over the world that he keeps coming to him they are done in truth they they will they are done in Verity and that truth never changes it lasts forever never continuing on verse one fifty one dollars near a Lord God and all my commandments are truth verse one sixty by word is true from the beginning and every one of thy righteous judgments endure forever happy someone forty six verse five happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help whose hope is in the Lord his God which made heaven and earth the sea and all that therein is which keep the truth forever when God is our God when truth is on our side what does the Psalmist say we will be how will we feel those may be two different questions we will be happy we may not always feel happy right because the Christian doesn't live by feelings of happiness it's as our minds and our allies are aligned with truth does it mean does it mean that somehow those things that we're not proud or ashamed of or that would cause us to be unhappy somehow those things can be just gotten rid of it we can forget they didn't even begin pretend they didn't exist and there is no we don't pretend they didn't exist but in this God is God of truth Mercy there is a plan for dealing with our pasts it's called forgiveness it's called grace when Paul would go from city to city there was no denying that the orphans he met with those who lost their parents as a result of his activities but I want to know something Paul could honestly be open about his past and still have hope and happiness for the future because of the Jesus he met on the road to Damascus as long as we're trying to cover our pasts we have something to be worried about but when we come clean when we open our hearts and our lives to God inspection when we are honest to the world and some men about who we are and what we have done and accepted Grayson both man and God can offer then we can find peace and happiness and truth is on our side he's a man isn't it wonderful to serve a God who even though there are things in our past in our lives and even yet in our character that we are not proud of isn't it wonderful that we can serve a God who can bring sinful erring mortals into harmony which so then we who are of darkness because it hides our past they learn to love like because it brings us closer to the truth unless what I want happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help what about the New Testament John chapter one verse fourteen the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory to glory as of the only begotten of the father full of grace and what now I want you to notice before you jump on any theological bandwagons that are common Christianity today I want you to notice that it was not the first that it was not first find this theme of grace and truth going together in the New Testament all throughout Psalms all throughout the Old Testament we found that God is a God of mercy and truth right these are the that principles of his judgment of his government the word was made flesh and what we and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory was at glory of the glory that was just the same as the father in heaven the character of the father Jesus revealed your on this earth was a character of grace and truth the law was given by Moses John continues but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ Jesus said and Dan John chapter fourteen verse six on I am the way the truth and the life no man that the father but by me this perhaps is one of the clearest statements we can find Scripture that the character of God can be equated with true Jesus says very openly I am the truth he so closely identifies himself with truth that he speaks of it as a title or a quality that described him the way the truth and the life John chapter fourteen verse seventeen even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive you to see if and not you know them but you know him for he dwells in you and shall be in you Holy Spirit has the character of truth as well verse twenty six in John chapter fifteen the comforters come whom I will send unto you from the father even a severe truth with proceeding from the father he shall testify me know there are many qualities of the character of God right there many qualities of the work of the Holy Spirit he's called the comforter here here right he's called us he's called the the witness buddies called the spirit of truth repeatedly in the New Testament again this third member of the Godhead we sometimes refer to him as the Holy Spirit John Jefferson seemed researching howbeit when he was scared of truth is he will guide you into what all truth for he shall not speak of himself alive to them whatsoever he shall hear vastly speed and he will show you things to come so when the Holy Spirit job Holy Spirit is described as the Spirit of truth and he said that he would guide us into all truth sometimes we read these verses anything all I know what that means that means of the Holy Spirit is to be given to those who don't know about Jesus so they can you lead into an understanding of Jesus is that one always there is given yes right others of us might say I know the Holy Spirit is given so that those who don't know about the second coming can learn about the second coming God can lead people to spirit and of these messages of truth is that what always brings Kevin yes those are all truth right there all truth it voiced or is given the BS into that God is not just working to bring a people into a set of doctrinal beliefs right he is working to bring a people into harmony with his parent and his character is a character of what true so God is working to bring a people into harmony with his character and so when when the Spirit is given were told to guide us into all truth don't assume that just because of the church you belong to don't assume that just because of the twenty eight doctrinal beliefs that you adhere to or the baptism about that you thoroughly understand don't assume the Holy Spirit 's work is finished I'm convicted of the Holy Spirit 's work is not finished yet with me because in my character there are things that are not in harmony with true and if there yet remain things in my life that I know about or do not know about that are not in harmony with the character of God and the Holy Spirit 's work is yet progressing in my life doesn't make sense so are sometimes we think well Mike my goal here it washed the hills is to go to class today in the finished class and get good grades in the finished work and be prepared for life and go on afterwards to our our occupation or college or further studies but in reality the goal for you at Washington Hills the goal for me at Washington Hills go for all of us a staff or students or visitors or whoever the goal that God has for us is that this might be a place where there are minimal distractions and his Holy Spirit might work to bring us into what all true and having brought us in the process of bringing us into all truth it must necessarily conflict with some close things in our hearts I started off by describing some of the life the devil has us believe about ourselves there's a struggle as we try to believe those lies we want to believe those lies it's human nature for us to want to believe the negativity or the flattery of Satan and the Holy Spirit is speaking seeking to separate us from those things you know it's difficult experiences learning experiences challenges hardships trials tribulations those are the things of the that God uses and the Holy Spirit uses to bring us into truth and then I grab the Holy Spirit 's work we need to pray for the Holy Spirit sometimes we pray for the Holy Spirit week we really do so thinking that somehow we're going to be energized where we're praying for the Holy Spirit Opera Holy Spirit so that in the power of the latter rain at this school and the students can be empowered to go out and to share the word of God effectively and is finished God 's work and that is a wonderful prayer to pray I want us to remember this evening I must remember that before the latter rain comes which rang the former rain and the former rain teamed the early Christian church never taken away by the way and thousands were baptized in the day of Pentecost has never been read retracted from the Christian church the power of the Holy Spirit but the former ring team to do a work of cleansing and have confession and forgiveness in among the disciples did and we pray for the Holy Spirit to bring us into all truth we pray for the Holy Spirit to give us power what we're praying for his God to come into our daily lives Spirit washed the hills and give us opportunities to become more like him in character all of it every day our character might become more like Jesus and Jane on John Chapter eighteen verse thirty seven Highland therefore said to him our galaxy and then Jesus said thou say is that I'm making divisive I was born and for this cause came under the world that I should bear witness unto the truth and every one that is of the truth hears my voice pilot wanting to know what truth was out of curiosity not necessarily out of a desire to follow relationship is reimbursed seven now to the angel and the angel of the church in Philadelphia write these things saith he that is holy unit is true that the key of David yet openness and no man shall and shyness and nomad openness he that is true that the Bible describes him as the true and faithful witness verse fourteen in the name of the church of Laodiceans write these things say the amen the faithful and true witness the beginning of the creation of God Revelation chapter six in verse ten they cried aloud voice saying how long the Lord holy and true does thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth relation nineteen verse eleven and I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse and he that sat on him was called what faithful and true and righteousness he doth judge and make war so here Jesus coming in the second coming is described as faithful and true aren't you glad I want to see his look at these pictures we can have a whole study just on the titles of Jesus in the Bible with you out throughout the Old Testament and even throughout the New Testament you have seen about let's clean mercy and truth right grace and truth God is both men here you have Jesus coming after the close of abrasion right second coming coming on that course to save those who are have been faithful to him and what are the titles that are given to Jesus at the second coming the faithful and true what of this with the situation Mister God 's people are suffering God 's people have been persecuted God 's people then maybe I ask our nomination but through the time of trouble they know someone's coming and his name is faithful faithful and true continuing on numbers chapter twenty three and verse nineteen God is not a man that he should lie nor the son of man that he should repent heavyset and shall he not do it already spoken he shot shy not make it good now by contrast the character of Satan is what life had he seen before the scene sufficiently in the Scriptures but the character of God is a character truth and be seen how closely he identifies himself the truth the character of Satan Eagles lies John Kettering 's forty fourth ERI ER of your father the devil and the loss of your father ye will do he was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him when he speaks a lie he speaks in his own for he is a liar and the father of it he is so closely identified with why is that is considered the father of lies that the devil 's character he has been a liar since the beginning and if we just go back briefly in our thinking we just go back to the time when Lucifer became a liar to country him a liar the name Lucifer has no meaning that indicates lives in the light or morning daybreak but Lucifer became Satan when he allows lies to originate in his heart that he accepted and then began to promulgate right and what were the among the first allies that arose in Lucifer 's art I am pretty good the universe really but be better off if I was in charge right of how easy it is for someone not on God 's throne to think that they could run the universe back so Lucifer began to think lies those lights began to spread the spreading insidious free and seemingly innocently they spread under a pretense of concern of wanting to be helpful this affair began talking to the Angels around him and began saying you know I think we have opportunities to make improvements I just want to help little by little people who did not know they are being deceived were deceived so that perfect beings angels listing in the very presence of God perfectly living under the operation of a perfect government they began to believe and one third of them can continue to believe the Devils lies let me ask you question because someone agrees with what you're saying doesn't necessarily mean it's true because you find sympathy doesn't necessarily mean it's true the devil should prove to us once and for all that is not too hard to be an effective liar you can wiggle and tell half-truths and three-quarter truth and seven eighths truths and mix total truth with absolute not truth that the lifestyle the devil invented that the character that came to describe his ally the father of lies the right is on it and we'll see what that should be a no-brainer right if they want apologies as we want to become like Jesus were missing through the lunacy to become like him in truth Psalm fifty one and verse six the old desires truth in the NY parts and in the hidden parts shalt make me to know wisdom Psalm eighty six in verse eleven teach me thy way Lord I will walk and I truly unite my heart to fear thy name continuing on Psalm one nineteen verse thirty I've chosen the way of truth by judgments and I laid before the whatnot mercy and truth forsake me buying them about thy neck write them upon thine the table of thine heart Proverbs three verse three Proverbs eight percent and my mouth shall speak the truth and wickedness is an abomination to my lips smell Proverbs chapter twelve versus cyber seventeen he that speed is crucial for the righteousness but a false witness deceit Proverbs chapter sixteen verse six by Mercy and truth iniquity is purged and I do fear the Lord men depart from evil continuing on maybe remote doesn't like scanning the province twenty verse twenty eight Mercy and truth preserve the game and his throne is uphold and why mercy by the truth and what salad not also with wisdom and instruction and understanding from her thirty first aid remove far from me what vanity and lies give me neither poverty nor read Rich is feeding me with food convenient for me John Jeff Draper thirty two and you shall know the truth and the truth shall let make you free John seventeen verse seventeen sanctify them through thy truth thy word is truth verse nineteen and for their sakes Jesus says I sanctify myself that they might also might be sanctified through the truth Ephesians chapter four verse fifteen but speaking the truth in what love may grow up into him in all things which is the head even Christ verse twenty five wherefore putting away lying speak every man what triggered his neighbor for we are members one of another by the way is not good enough just to stop lying according to Ephesians right we get sleep and garnish our hearts indeed of the bad things what's can happen to us in the seven more demons worsen the first don't just apply start speaking the truth fill your mind with truth Ephesians fibers line for the spirit fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth Ephesians six overs fourteen stand therefore having your loins gird about with what true that having on the breastplate of righteousness and with all this evilness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth they might be saved God is going to allow people to be lost for I guess he has to allow people did she make their decisions but the Bible your talks about them being lost because they don't receive a lot of the truths they might be saved they might all be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness first John two verse twenty one I written unto you because you know not the truth I have not written to you because you know not to choose them because you know it and that no lie is of the truth first John second John one verse four I rejoice greatly and that I found on my children walking in truth as we received a commandment from the father third John one verse four of no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in what truth see how God 's character as a character through Satan 's characters character of lies God 's people want to have their characters assimilated into the becoming more and more like the character of Jesus such truth becomes a demarcation between God 's followers and Satan 's followers Psalms fifteen verse one who shall abide in thy tabernacle who shall dwell in thy holy hill verse two tells us he that walk et al. uprightly than work of righteousness and speak of the what truth in his heart the lip of truth shall be established Proverbs says forever but aligned I is but for a moment over neither gates leasing this is a Scripture song I think twenty six first to open the gate but the righteous measurements keep up a lot truth shall enter an Zephaniah three verse thirteen the remnant of Israel Sunday nonequity North relies neither shall you seem to Tom be found in their mouth for they shall feed them live down and none shall make them afraid John three verse twenty one the heathen do with truth for the life that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God John chapter four in verse twenty three but the hour cometh and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the father in spirit and in what truth for the father seek asylum some such to worship him the reality is my friends yes the Holy Spirit yes the father is seeking for worshipers to bring them into an understanding of the doctrines of truth in God 's last days in these last days but for us the important thing to remember is that God is seeking to bring all of us into into full harmony with his character of truth he wants us to be on that side of the line truth versus error divides God 's people from those who rejected him God is a spirit they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth the book of Revelation makes it very clear that when we all get to heaven every wonderful days of the we all get to heaven were not going to have to worry anymore about truth or deceptions in fact it's one of the things that I look forward to the most in the new earth for thousands of years millions of years time will supply while we are involved in activities but never once will any of us have to ask the question that you another never once nothing you hear will be half true which is really half falls right nothing you hear will be ninety percent true nothing is going to know it's going to be true right it's a nice thought never again he had to listen someone you know how may times that had people bring the eyes of practice ideas from the Bible I've heard this from so-and-so and such and such said this about and I have to ask myself the question okay but is it true never again know why because those who were there will in this life have been separated from life and there'll hearts and lives will come to reflect the character of God and God is privileged twenty one verse twenty seven tells us and they are shown in no wise injure into it anything that defile us neither whatsoever make a working abomination or maketh a lie but they that are written in the lands book of life outside the city it says are dogs and sorcerers and warmongers and murderers and idolaters and whosoever loves and make it a lie not just those who tell lies those who love life will allows and makes a life again relations when understatement the fearfully unbelieving and a bottle of murders and warmongers and sorcerers and daughters and all liars shall have their part in the lake of which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death you understand why truth is important for us living today that makes sense it is not just a matter of all how is my credibility will I be able to get a good job is not just a matter of how I set anything the past that I might know because by some matter virtual truth determines our destiny our character if it's a character based on lies where will we be inventing chording the book of Revelation will be outside the city right but I want to be inside the city where those things are true will be loved and lived for all eternity it is any wonder then that clippings for verse eight tells us finally brother whatsoever things are what the very first quality of what we should focus our minds upon they are to be true and is lot things that are true that are very good right and so it doesn't end there finally brethren whatsoever things are true whatsoever things and honest with their things are just whatsoever things are pure whatsoever things are lovely list of things of the report if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things God 's character is a character-based laundry Sagan 's character is a character-based online 's I want God school to be accomplished in my life I want my thinking about the world about others about God about myself to be brought into perfect alignment happy his people who allow truth to change their lives and to make them like Jesus the spring father in heaven tonight I confess their times I don't like the truth maybe 's the truth about my own character maybe it's just my fall on natures tendency to want to believe negativity or flattery but tonight believing that time is very short in my character needs to be changed I just want to invite you to change my heart my life as David prayed to understood the importance of truth search meal God and know my heart try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting or tonight I will I want to pray that will be each of our prayer that will be the heartfelt cry the spirit of truth may come into this campus these dorms our rooms our lives and that we might be changed by our bringing him brought into harmony with truth we ask these things in Jesus name in


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