The Bible uses the word Love 686 times; it uses the words Truth and Lies (or a derivative of those words) 602 times. If we use the number of times these subjects are mentioned as a basis of importance, the Bible clearly implies that the understanding of Truth and Lies is as important as understanding Love.
The Bible tells us that our enemy (Satan) is the Father of Lies (John 8:44) and that our enemies disguise themselves with their lips; they lie (Proverbs 26:24). Before we surrendered our will to Jesus and were born again, we were deceived; we believed the lies (Titus 3:3). Now that we are new in Christ, Colossians 3:9-10 says “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge and in the image of its Creator.” We tell each other lies all the time…we just don’t know they’re lies.
Before we can obey Colossians 3:9-10, we must recognize the lies we believe to be truth. These lies are cultural, generational, and are at times the very foundation of our belief systems. Unchallenged, these lies fester in our hearts and souls causing behavior that will destroy us and our families. If we do not consciously and intentionally work to reveal the lies we believe as truth, we will remain deceived and perish (2 Thessalonians 2: 10).
How do we expose these lies, by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). And, how do we renew our minds? Discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 – Titus 1:8 – Revelation 3:19).
The Bible gives us an outline of how to discipline ourselves so that we are not deceived;
First, it’s daily (Hebrews 3:13, Lamentations 3:22-23, 2 Corinthians 4:16).
Second, it’s knowledge of God’s Word (John 17:17, Psalm 33:4, Proverbs 30:5).
Third, it’s accountability (Proverbs 27:17, Galatians 6:1-2, James 5:16, Ephesians 4:25, Hebrews 10:25).
Forth, it’s physical – our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 3 John 1:2, 1 Corinthians 3:17, Psalm 139:13-14, Romans 12:1-2).
We believe God is calling us, his daughters, to discipline ourselves so that we may receive a revelation of His truth. We believe God is pouring out His Spirit in these last days to those who have ears to hear the truth, and eyes to see the truth. We believe a revelation of truth is the only way to be ready for the bridegroom when He comes!
Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)