FAITH-FORTIFYING FACTS: GOD IS TRUE PART 3

A Word By Way Of Introduction. This blog post is the third and final installment of a faith message relating to God’s truthfulness. If you haven’t read the two preceding installments I encourage you to do that now since the present post builds upon the truths contained in the previous posts.

WHAT IS TRUE CANNOT BE MADE UNTRUE

SOMETHING THAT’S TRUE CANNOT BE MADE UNTRUE. For example, a glass of water is a glass of water. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says: their words can’t change the fact that this is indeed a glass of water. The book that’s on my desk is a book. It doesn’t matter how hard you try to convince me it’s a piano: your words can’t change the fact that this is indeed a book. Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It doesn’t matter what the chief priests said: their arguments to the contrary can’t change the fact that Jesus did indeed rise from the dead. Do you understand what I’m trying to say? Something that’s true cannot be made untrue.

Now there are indeed a couple of things that can make something, something else. Take a glass of water for an example. Through a miracle or magic, this glass of water can be turned into something else. Jesus, you will remember, turned water into wine. Through a miracle of God, Moses’ rod turned into a living serpent. Some things, you see, can be changed or turned into something else. But until that change takes place, the glass of water is a glass of water, not wine. As long as Moses’ rod is a rod, it’s not a serpent.

Now when it comes to the truth, my friends, THERE IS NO MAGIC OR MIRACLE THAT CAN TURN GOD’S TRUTH INTO SOMETHING THAT’S UNTRUE.

  • God Himself can’t do it, He has no such miracle, because God can’t say anything that’s untrue. He is a God of truth and without iniquity (Deuteronomy 32:4).
  • Satan and men—be they believers or deceivers—can’t change God’s truth into falsehood because the Word itself cannot be changed. Isaiah 40:8 tells us, The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Psalm 119:89 reads, For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. It cannot be changed! The Word will remain unchanged forever! There will never come a time or a miracle or a magic when the Word that’s true forever will be changed into a Word that’s false and untrue. O sure, men and the Devil can say that God’s Word isn’t true. In fact, they say it all the time. But, brethren, their saying it doesn’t make it so.  You can tell me all you want that this travel mug isn’t a travel mug. But all your arguments won’t convince me because this travel mug remains what it is–a travel mug. Do you see what I mean? No matter what men, demons, and circumstances say, God’s Word remains the same. It can’t be changed!

What’s true, you see, can’t be made untrue. Now it’s really important for you to comprehend and accept this fact because it will anchor your faith against the storms of doubt that will surely come your way. You see, there are many in our day who, either intentionally or unknowingly, cause us to doubt the truth of God’s Word by their loud and insistent arguments. They say that faith doesn’t always work, miracles aren’t for today, the promises don’t apply to us today, prayers aren’t always answered. What is it, brethren, that inspires people to make these serious claims and try to get us to quit believing in God’s promise?

  •  Some people don’t believe God’s promise because of the convincing arguments of men. “If it’s God’s will to heal every disease, how do you explain the fact that many saints of God who asked Him for healing live their lives diseased and infirmed? How do you explain the death of many who were believing God to heal them? Disease and death prove that sickness, like healing, is also God’s will.” The argument sounds good. But it flat out contradicts God’s Word in Psalm 103:3, He healeth all thy diseases. Deuteronomy 7:15a echoes the refrain, The Lord will take away from thee all sickness. God, brethren, told us what to do when we get seriously sick: Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; {15} And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him (James 5:14-15).  Brethren, is God’s Word true or not? There are all sorts of good arguments that explain away the truth of  God’s Word. But if God’s Word is true, as it surely is, can anything–including a good argument–make it untrue? Let’s go back to my travel mug for an example. We can argue for hours about whether or not this is really a travel mug. The arguments we have may sound good. But do you know what? As good as our arguments may be, our arguments won’t change the fact that this travel mug is indeed a travel mug. OUR ARGUMENTS, YOU SEE, DON’T, AND CAN’T, CHANGE WHAT’S TRUE. Brethren, when it comes to God and His Word, NOBODY’S ARGUMENTS, NO MATTER HOW GOOD OR CONVINCING, CAN CHANGE GOD’S TRUTH AND MAKE IT UNTRUE. What’s true is true. The truth cannot be changed!
  •  Others don’t believe God’s promise because of wrong results. They didn’t get healed. The baby died. The divorce went through. The money didn’t come in. They didn’t get what they were supposedly believing God for. Things didn’t happen as they expected. Things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to turn out. For these people, wrong results make the promises of God’s Word untrue. Brethren, what’s true cannot be made untrue. SOMETHING THAT’S TRUE CANNOT BE FALSE AT THE SAME TIME. IT’S EITHER TRUE OR FALSE. AND IF IT’S TRUE, IT CAN’T BE FALSE, NOR CAN IT BE  PROVEN OR SHOWN TO BE FALSE. There are explanations for wrong results. I wish I could preach that sermon now, but I don’t want to get off the beaten path. When everything is said and done, WRONG RESULTS CAN NEVER MAKE WHAT’S TRUE, UNTRUE. THEY CAN NEVER MAKE GOD’S WORD A LIE, NOR CAN THEY MAKE GOD HIMSELF A LIAR.
  •  For others, death changes the truth of God’s promise and renders it untrue. A brother or sister was believing God for healing, but they died. For their survivors and friends, death is the proof that faith doesn’t always work. Hobart Freeman was a faith teacher. Many who believed his message of  faith  regarded  it  as true and scriptural. But when he died, his death somehow made the message no longer true. Brethren, did Moses’ death change the Law that he gave? Did Jesus’ death change the Gospel that He preached? When the apostles died did their death change the truth of the Epistles that they wrote? If something is true, how can death make it untrue?
  •  For others, the popularity of a message makes it true. And when a lot of people disbelieve and reject the message, then this somehow makes the message no longer true. Because not many people believe in the message of faith, including the promise of Divine healing, then somehow this makes the message of faith false. “What’s rejected and persecuted can’t be true!” Beloved, that’s absurd. Has it ever occurred to you that people will reject a message for the precise reason that it’s true? Paul prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; {4} And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. A lot of people don’t want the truth. That is, God’s truth. The only truth they embrace is whatever truth they believe is the real truth. They themselves, not God, determine what the truth really is. Sadly, the truth as it is popularly regarded is nothing more than what the Bible calls the fables of men.  Tales. Fiction. Myths. But not truth. The great majority of people on this Earth don’t believe in God, that is, the Judeo-Christian God. Does this mean there isn’t a God? Most people don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God. Does this mean He isn’t the Son of God? Jesus was vastly outnumbered in Pilate’s court and just about everyone shouted for His crucifixion. Did the people’s rejection of Him mean He wasn’t the Messiah? In all this, numbers and popularity or persecution can’t make what’s true, untrue. WHAT’S TRUE REMAINS TRUE, EVEN WHEN NO ONE BELIEVES IT AND EVEN WHEN EVERYBODY REJECTS IT .

CONCLUSION

Make no mistake, beloved. The Devil is launching a full-scale assault against your faith because he doesn’t want you to believe, follow, and serve the living God. The Devil is doing today what he did to our forbears at the start of human history. Do you remember what he said and did in the Garden of Eden? He questioned God’s veracity, then proceeded to convince Eve that what God said really was not true (Genesis 3:1-5). Sadly, Eve believed him, she rejected God’s truth, embraced the lie, and ever since then, we all without exception have paid dearly for her unbelief and disobedience. A lie, brethren, doesn’t minister life. It kills. It’s not good for you. It may look good. It may sound good. But, truth be told, it’s not good for you.

Friends, the truths of God’s Word will keep you anchored in the time of trial and temptation. But the only way they’ll do that is if you continue to believe God and His Word. As you affirm your faith in the fact that all of God’s promises are true, that God is always faithful; your faith will hold and God’s Word—indeed, His very presence and grace—will help you weather the war and emerge the victor over Satan’s lies.  Beloved, never question the truth of God’s Word. Question it if you must. But let your inquiry always lead you to an affirmation that God’s Word is true because God Himself is true. He cannot, He will not, lie. Keep on believing the Word. The trial will soon be passed and you will find out once again, as you’ve found out many times before, that God keeps His promise, Ye shall have it! With God nothing is impossible! Nothing shall be impossible to you who believe. Take heart and be of good courage, my friends. For I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (Acts 27:25). May God bless and strengthen you with these words of truth and encouragement.

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