We hear a lot these days about “fake news” — news that isn’t news, rather information designed to defame or damage or inflame. It’s nothing new, really, because people have been trying to hurt their adversaries over the course of human history, in one form or another. These days, fake news is camouflaged pretty well, so it sometimes makes it hard to understand what is real and what is not. The Bible doesn’t present such a problem. There’s nothing fake about it and only truth — God’s Truth — lies within it.
That’s one great reason why we, as believers, must fill our hearts and minds with God’s Word every day. Charles Spurgeon stated, “Christ’s people must have bold, unflinching lion-like hearts, loving Christ first, and His truth next, and Christ and His truth beyond all the world.” If you want to live a life of truth, you will saturate your mind with the only true source of Truth there is.
In the Bible, there is no hearsay, no spin or words designed to destroy. God’s Word is a holy lamp designed to light our way in this world of darkness (Psalm 119:105). It will never fail us. It encourages us to live for Christ and teaches us how to depend on Him — not ourselves — to fend off temptation, to take a stand for Truth and to tell others about Him. It is the nutrition that our soul needs every day because our inner self starves without it and we will grow weak and stagnant when it is not preeminent in our hearts and minds. Fake news is drivel, but God’s Word arouses our hearts to rise up like eagles (Isaiah 40:31).
It’s easy to get caught up in the politics, the culture and the hoopla of the world. But it holds empty fascination. When we look to man for answers, man will let us down. God’s Word will not.
Listen to what Jesus said about His Truth and what it means to His followers. This comes from John 8:31-32: “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Also, Ephesians 4:25 tells us, “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.” In this era of so much untruth and situational ethics, it is so important for Christians to embrace truth in all areas of life. As Jesus taught us, the Truth is in us, so it must be our priority. We must be encouraging each other to embrace truth and to live uprightly for the cause of Christ in our families, our churches and our communities.Live in truth, dear friends. As His followers, it is up to us to show the world that we are different and that God’s Truth is central to who we are.