Tag Archive: Truth

The truth is a valuable commodity that is precious and dear to most people. The problem with seeing the truth as a commodity is that it means different things to different people. One person’s “truth” is someone else’s lie and vice versa. However, the truth of God, which should start with a capital “T” is the one truth that never lies. The Bible is full of truths that people can find hard to accept. One popular Bible verse in and out of church talks about the truth.

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While reading the book of Acts today there was a lot that stood out to me, so I’ll be sharing my notes with you.

The world is full of many religions that believe in all sorts of things. Indeed, even within Christianity, some might believe some things and not others. When I read this passage today, from Acts, about Paul’s encounter with the twelve disciples of John, near Corinth, something occurred to me.

And asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Acts 19:2-6 (NIV)
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Each day when I read my Bible I get excited. I get excited about what God is going to say to me and what I might be able to say to you, in turn. Some days though, it seems a little harder than others to hear what God’s saying to me and then write about it. On other days, like today, I hear from the Lord more clearly, and He brings connections to me I’ve never seen before.

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So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord’

Ezekiel 20:25-26 (NIV)

Whenever we read or listen to the Bible we need to do so attentively. If we don’t then we risk misunderstanding what we’ve just taken in, and if we misunderstand something from the Bible then we might also misapply it. This is one reason to use a highlighter when you study your Bible. This is also why, in this season, I listen to the word first and then read it later. Another reason why we need to be attentive is that the Bible is one way that God speaks to us. If we’re not listening then how will we hear what He’s saying to us? Jesus tells us that His sheep know His voice and we get to know His voice by taking in His word (John 10:27).

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