"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 43:10......"Facts are not Truth." Holly Wagner
Fellow baby boomers will remember a classic TV show called "Dragnet." In it, the main character, Sgt. Joe Friday, had a very familiar question when interviewing a witness to a crime he was investigating; "The facts please. Nothing but the facts." Friday saw getting hold of the facts as the key to knowing the truth. This makes a lot of sense in the world. Not so in the Kingdom.
We are surrounded by a great many "facts" in our day to day lives. Circumstances are facts. People's actions towards us are facts. Physical, emotional, even spiritual conditions are facts. They are undeniable. They are there. But for the believer, as Wagner, says, they are not Truth. He is Truth, and all through His Word, Old Testament and New, we see this displayed everywhere. Abraham and Sarah were far past childbearing age. Fact. God promised and gave them a son. Truth. Joseph was in prison, forgotten. Fact. Against all odds, the Father brought him out of prison and established him as a ruler in Egypt. Truth. David hid in a cave, in fear of his life. Fact. God brought him out of that cave and made him king. Truth. The devil, seeking to destroy Christ, worked to kill Christ on the cross. Fact. The Father raised Him up and through Him offers eternal life to all who will believe upon Him. Truth. So, all those who profess to follow Him, believe on Him, there is a question we must all answer; Have we chosen to live by facts, or by Truth?
Someone has asked whether the Church is a sub-culture or a counter-culture of the society it is in? How we live out what we say is Truth gives the answer to that. We are either walking by sight, according to what we believe are the facts, or by faith, according to what we know is the Truth. And for Truth to be known, it must first be experienced. Jesus said we would know the Truth and the Truth would make us free. This only happens through intimate experience with He who is Truth. Without that, whatever we may profess, we are living according to the facts, nothing but the facts. But the facts are never final if we are walking in the wonder and power of He who is Truth. We know the Truth and we are free....Free from what the enemy says, screams at us, are the facts. Facts that seek to hold us in captivity.
So this is what it comes down to in every area of our lives. Will we live by what the world says are the facts, and then believe them to be the truth? Or, will we live in He who is Truth? Truth that has power over everything that would claim to be the fact? The facts, or the Truth? Which are we living by today? Which do you live by?