Word for Wednesday

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Watch out for the man who declares that he always tells the truth; he’s sure to lie about other things too! We all lie! Every day! And not just with our lips; we have many ways in which we create and pass on false impressions and wrong messages. It’s our human nature, or to be more accurate, the old nature we inherited from the first Adam. But now that we are saved, we have the ability to tell the truth, and to understand the truth. That’s because the Last Adam has given to us His nature, and His nature is true.

Our text tells us to think on whatsoever is true. First of all, that means we think about the Lord Jesus, the One Who declared that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No higher occupation can our minds employ than contemplation of our Saviour. Beyond the precious truth that Christ died for the ungodly lies an eternity of forever unfolding the wonders of the riches of His grace. He alone will be the everlasting occupation of our thoughts.

Truth is also bound within the Bible, as in no other book. All of the writings of men fall so far short of the one Book that contains nothing but truth. It will never guide us wrong, can never fail to help and strengthen us, and must ever reveal to us the character of its Author. To ponder the Bible is to ponder truth.

One of the primary goals of education is to teach us how to think. But if the education is based on that which is false, it must lead us astray. No wonder there is so much wrong thinking in the world today. So much of education is based on the falsehoods of evolution, humanism, and secular reasoning. Parents who subscribe to Christian education or home schooling that focuses on the truth of creation and man’s responsibility before God do their children a great service in preparing them to think on the truth.

Satan is the father of all lies. God is the Author of truth. If we think on those things that are true, we defeat the lies of the devil and bring our minds into line with the thoughts of our Heavenly Father. -Jim MacIntosh

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