It is the nature of truth to build or destroy. Because God is Creator of all, His truth undergirds all. Foundations are built or crumble as the direct result of His establishment. His truth maintains accountability and brings consequences into our lives, both negative and positive. As we follow God’s truth, His promised blessings result. If we neglect God’s truth, His promised destruction results.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.Prov. 10:29 NLT
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
There are only two options—people will respond by receiving truth or rejecting truth. To receive the truth means we are allowing the Holy Spirit’s work to be solidified in our lives; the changes are becoming permanent. God’s work takes hold in our hearts as we abandon self and walk in brokenness. Rejecting God’s truth produces a hardened heart that rebels against the Holy Spirit’s efforts to bring us to brokenness.
Dear God, I want to be careful. I want to make sure that my own heart is not evil and unbelieving. I do not want to turn away from You because You are the living God. I need to be surrounded by those who warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of us will be deceived by sin and hardened against You. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting You just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Please help me to always remember when I hear Your voice not to harden my heart as Israel did when they rebelled. . . .Heb. 3:12–15
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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