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The Influence of Truth

The further society moves away from God’s truth, the more we will find ourselves in a room that is growing increasingly dark.

Amos 8:11 says: “The time is surely coming," says the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine on the land--not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the LORD.”

It seems as if we are in a drought of knowing truth. It is one thing to know the truth, and it is another to trip over the truth and act as if nothing happened. Winston Churchill discovered the same thing when he said:

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

We live in a stumbling world of people who trip over the obvious insights of truth. The Apostle Paul described it this way: always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.” -2 Timothy 3:7

As a child growing up in a small town, I used to go the city dump a lot. I would bring my pellet gun and stand at the edge of the large open garbage pit and shoot at the rats running through the cans and open bags of garbage. It was like a modern electronic game only in real time. While walking around in the garbage pit wasn’t the most pleasurable experience, killing those rats made it all worthwhile. In the same way we are all surrounded by the garbage dumps of society where we are faced with the ideas of a rotting society. Our world has come up with the most bizarre ideas on marriage, gender, and race; it is like society is on an acid trip of some kind. When I was using drugs in my late teens it was common to take LSD. That drug would disorient my senses so that everything around me became a fantasyland with no connection to the real world. An example of our garbage-laden world was most recently exhibited when a writer for late night TV host Stephen Colbert tweeted following the death of Barbara Bush, saying, “she was the only woman who was 92 for 30 years”. Another example was a California professor who tweeted that Mrs. Bush was an “amazing racist”. This is how people wallow in garbage. I am amazed how the left gets away with the kind of things they publish today. 

The question to you today is one I have been asking lately of everyone: “How are you influenced?”  What kind of influences are affecting your outlook? The Bible teaches that unless that influence changes, we will eventually become just like the influences we allow into our lives. 

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

Proverbs 14:7

Leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge.

1 Corinthians 5:11

But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.

Influences are a major factor in how you develop a pattern of thinking that will either allow you to discern truth or trip over it. Discernment itself is a dying gift and yet it is discernment that helps us preserve the truth. There are many aspects of church life that we have lost in my lifetime and discernment is a dimension that is necessary to preserve the truth. I heard one prophecy teacher recently say that the last days will be known as the era of deception, and if that is so, then discernment is even more critical for the Church. 

How are you being influenced? That is a great question as you take inventory of your spiritual life.

Keeping it truthful and honest….K

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