Forward & Upward, Pt. 5. Rooted & Grounded in Truth

Part Five: Rooted and Grounded in Truth

3 John 3:3, For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Knowing and living in truth is based on a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “You know where I am going.” Thomas said, “We don’t know where you are going, how can we know the way?”

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”  [you know me] 

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

When Jesus said that he is the way the truth and the light, He could have also said that our way is not the truth and the life. 

Strength does not naturally occur. Certainly, we are all born with a certain degree of natural strength. We are not born with any strength in moral and spiritual terms. Increasing in strength requires training and development. Increasing in strength requires learning and coaching.

We need strategies to grow and increase in strength. I’ve attended a couple of track meets with Lexi supporting her. Being in that environment reminded me of how much I enjoyed competing in track and fields and coaching many years ago. The story I have often told of my coach Bill Bennett shouting from across the field at the beginning of practice when we made us run four laps around the track. “Hudson push yourself!”

Besides I did discus and shot put, so why do I have to run? All that was from my track and field experience, not football. 

So when I watch young men and women compete today, I find it amazing to notice that strength and skill that can come from training and coaching.

And all of this comes from truth. What is the connection? You cannot become good and doing track and field events without learning the truth involved with the event you are doing. The truth becomes your standard, your habits, your practice, and your performance.

What is the definition of truth?

Webster’s

1) The body of real things, events, and facts : ACTUALITY. 2) The body of true statements and propositions: 3) fidelity to an original or to a standard.4) sincerity in action, character, and utterance

Biblically

As to pertains to the kingdom of God, truth is a fundamental characteristic of God, Truth is a virtue that the person of God should practice.

Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. Even more to the point: Truth is the self-expression of God. 

Truth is ontological, —which is a fancy way of saying it is the way things really are. Reality is what it is because God declared it so and made it so. 

3 John 3:3, For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Truth is God’s Way

Psalms 86:11, "Teach me Thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in thy truth" 

"I have chosen the way of truth," he said (Ps.119:30). 

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