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Effective Truth

1 Thessalonians 2:13

Also, this is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.

When I get to heaven, I’m going to give Paul a lesson in punctuation. I know he’s the one who said, “Let not a woman teach a man,” but maybe that is why he only knows about the comma. There really are other punctuation marks that work quite well.

In spite of his excessive use of commas in this verse, Paul makes a very powerful statement: The message of God works effectively in believers. God’s word works in us. The more we study God’s word and believe its truth, the more power it has in us. We can hear God’s word and even study God’s word, but unless we really believe it is truth for us and accept it as our own truth, His message has no power to work in us. Believing is receiving.

We battle a war of objective truth vs. subjective truth. Objective truth is truth that is constant and cannot be denied. For instance, the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Regardless of how you feel about that fact, it remains true. Subjective truth, however, is truth that is true according to your experience. Because I have had a bad experience with anti-depressants, I refuse to take them. I’m convinced they are bad for me. Not everyone, however, has had my same experience. Some people actually find anti-depressants quite helpful. So, due to experience – subjective truth – anti-depressants are bad for me while they may be good for others. This truth is not constant.

The word of God is objective truth and should be viewed as such. When we take God at His word without filtering it through our past experience, we find it has the power to work wonders in us. Those who believe the Bible is good for some but not good for all do not actually believe it is God’s word. They see it as subjective truth, and it has no power to work in them. Until we believe God’s word is true for us, we will not see evidence of its power at work in our lives.

I challenge you to simply take God at His word today. Believe His word is true for you, and accept it as your reality. It is time we all start to display more of His power working in us, and basing truth upon our feelings must cease. Lay hold of everything God has for you, and don’t let your past experiences or your emotions dictate your behavior. Make His word your own experience, and your feelings will change, too.

Have a blessed day!

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