I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3rd John 1:4 NIV
Walking in the truth!! Four very powerful words that you need to know. Why? Look at these words from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 Berean Study Bible
I need to point out something very important. Jesus did not say the truth alone will set you or make you free. He said you will KNOW the truth and the truth that you know will set you free. Please pay close attention to this because it is foundational. It’s not the truth that you memorize or the truth that you hear, its the truth that you know. The word know there even has connotations of intimacy like between a man and a woman. The word know there is the Greek word ginosko. It means:
Original Word: γινώσκω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (ghin-oce’-ko)
Short Definition: I come to know, learn, realize
Definition: I am taking in knowledge, come to know, learn; aor: I ascertained, realized.
1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience (first-hand acquaintance). 1097 /ginṓskō (“experientially know”) is used for example in Lk 1:34, “And Mary [a virgin] said to the angel, ‘How will this be since I do not know (1097 /ginṓskō = sexual intimacy) a man?'”
This knowing is not surfacey, or a quick glance. It involves learning experience and time. So with that established how does our title “Resting in Reality” fit in to all this. Knowing the truth and resting in reality are all pieces that fit into this puzzle of Grace and Truth.
The word truth there is the Greek word aletheia and based on the Strong dictionary it means ….
truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.
225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.
[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]
Jesus said in John 17 “Thy Word is Truth.” When you are walking in the truth you are walking in the Kingdom of God and divine reality. In the world there is sickness, disease and lack and all types of other things that the curse thru Adam brought into this world. It was not created with those things, those things were added after God’s creation and perverted His creation. YES! They do exist BUT they exist as lies. Why? Because they are not founded in or a part of the truth. Therefore they are not a part of God or Kingdom reality.
If a believer ever has ‘symptoms’ of sickness all they need do it
- Know the truth
- Believe the truth
- Speak(or walk in) the truth
The lie and or lying symptoms will have to go because they are not truth therefore they are not reality for the believer. For the unbeliever, yes that is there reality the curse. But Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and as a result of his payment we get only the blessing of the law not the curse.
This applies to your health, your wealth, your children, your safety, your entire life because Jesus paid for you spirit, soul and body. Everyday you are to ‘rest in the reality’ of the truth. We will pick this up tomorrow. Stay with us all week.
All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!