Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Men choose to be destitute of the truth. According to the scripture, the Lord “will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). One would think all men would want to know the truth, but this is not always the case. Unfortunately, the last days are distinctively marked by those who are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). Men could know the truth if they desired to know it. Abraham’s servant profoundly stated, “Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth” (Genesis 24:27). God desires to show Himself and His truth to each and every one of us.
• (For children): God’s invitation to be saved is for everyone and He reaches out to all (John 3:16; John 12:32-33; 2 Peter 3:9). It is sad that most men do not want the truth (Romans 1:21, 25; Romans 3:11; 2 Timothy 3:8; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). What will you do with the truth?
• (For everyone): Are you searching for the truth? Are you hungry for the Lord and His word? He will show you the truth. He will guide you in the way you should go. Will you hear, listen, and obey?
• Is there any truth from the Lord that you have rejected? How has this hindered your growth? Is there a way to go back and correct your rebellion?
• Thank the Lord for His faithfulness to give the truth.
• Ask the Lord to give you a heart willing to obey the truth.
SONG: HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
The God of the Bible is a God of truth. All His “commandments are truth” (Psalm 119:151), and “all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4). He is “plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psalm 86:15), so much so that the Bible says His “mercy is great unto the heavens,” and His “truth unto the clouds” (Psalm 57:10). Absolutely nothing about the Lord contains any falsehood. In fact, each member of the Godhead is said to be truth. The Father is a “God of truth” (Deuteronomy 32:4), the Son is “the truth” (John 14:6), and the Spirit is “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). On the other hand, the Devil is the great enemy of truth. The Bible says of him, “there is no truth in him” (John 8:44).
• (For children): God is true (Exodus 34:6; John 1:1, 14; 1 John 5:6). He cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18:a). Satan lies and deceives (Luke 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Whom would you rather serve (Joshua 24:15)?
• (For everyone): Who is the source of all truth? Why is this so important to know? Are we able to trust what the Lord has said? Are we able to trust that all the Lord has done is done in truth?
• The Devil is the enemy of the truth. What does the Devil do in people’s lives in order to try to discourage them from hearing, loving, and obeying the truth?
• Thank God for the fact that He can be trusted!
• Ask the Lord to help you discern lies from the truth.
SONG: ALL GLORY BE THINE
Truth—found 360 times in 338 verses
Variations: true, truly, truth, truth’s
First usage: Genesis 4:24 (truly)
Last usage: Revelation 22:6 (true)
Defined: accuracy or correctness
Interesting fact: The word verily means in truth, true, or truly. It is repeated in the phrase “Verily, verily” found twenty-five times in the Bible, all occurring in the gospel of John.
Bible study tip: It is always best to study Bible passages in light of their place in the entire scheme of Bible history. Every student should be familiar with biblical history so that he does not misinterpret the intent of scripture. In order to consistently understand the truths of scripture, the student should place himself within the time frame of the passage instead of forcing the passage into his own current worldview and biases. This includes variations based upon dispensational distinctions, political situations, geography, and customs and manners.
Sunday, Day 330—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 331—A God of Truth
Tuesday, Day 332—Destitute of the Truth
Wednesday, Day 333—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 334—Faithful and True
Friday, Day 335—Thy Word Is Truth
Saturday, Day 336—I Am Not Worthy of All the Truth
Day 330: Church Day
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
There are issues in which not all believers will necessarily agree. At times, these things are doctrinal issues forcing them to be addressed. At other times, the disagreements may revolve around issues where the scriptures are silent. In such cases, believers should be even more gracious with others. If one man “esteemeth one day above another” (Romans 14:5), he should regard that day “unto the Lord” (Romans 14:6). If another brother does not esteem that day above another (Romans 14:5), he should likewise do it “unto the Lord” (Romans 14:6). Instead of dividing over such things, believers should learn how to be gracious and understand that all believers will independently “stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).
• (For children): Whatever we do, we should do with confidence that God approves (John 8:29b). If we cannot, that is sin (Romans 14:23b). What we can do or cannot is sometimes open to debate amongst believers. Instead of getting upset, let God be the judge (1 Corinthians 4:5).
• (For everyone): What are some things over which believers should not separate? How can people on both sides of the issue do what they do “unto the Lord”?
• What should be the believer’s authority in all matters of faith and practice? How should believers handle those things not addressed by the Bible?
• Ask God to give you a scriptural graciousness.
• Ask the Lord to give peace amongst His people.
SONG: CLOSE TO THEE
1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
Unfortunately, all too often believers get at odds with each other because one believer thinks himself of much greater value and worth than other believers. This puffed up believer may consider himself more skilled in the scripture and better at living the Christian life. If he is not careful, he will begin looking down on other believers with an arrogant tone. The Bible says that this type of a person might become like the eye that says “unto the hand, I have no need of thee” (1 Corinthians 12:21). Yet, every member of the body, even those “which seem to be more feeble, are necessary” (1 Corinthians 12:22). Believers should be truly thankful for other believers. They should thank the Lord for all the benefits each member brings to the body.
• (For children): Philippians 2:3 says we ought to think more of others than ourselves. We are to increase in love and charity (1 Thessalonians 3:12). We have nothing in which to glory (1 Corinthians 4:7) except the cross and the Lord (Galatians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 1:31).
• (For everyone): Is there some brother in Christ that you think to be of little or no importance? Can you actually think of things that he or she has done to be a blessing to you or to others? Knowing this, can you take the time to thank God for that believer?
• Do you think yourself superior to other believers? Is it possible that you are much weaker than you think?
• Thank God for the believers in your local body.
• Ask God to help you esteem others better than yourself.
SONG: MY SAVIOUR’S LOVE
Mark 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
The disciples zealously tried to insure everyone conformed to what they thought was appropriate. They proudly declared to Christ that they forbade some man that was casting out devils because he was not one of “them.” No doubt they were expecting the Saviour to praise and endorse their actions. Surely, thought they, he would be overly pleased with their zeal and boldness for the truth. The Lord’s words were likely quite surprising when He said, “Forbid him not” (Mark 9:39). As was His custom, the Lord followed these startling words with profound words of wisdom when He said, “For he that is not against us is on our part” (Mark 9:40). Christianity was never intended to be made up of mindless and robotic men and women.
• (For children): Joshua wanted Moses to forbid two of the seventy elders from prophesying because they were in the camp and not at the tabernacle. Read Moses’ answer to Joshua (Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29). God can use whom He wants where and when He wants to use them.
• (For everyone): Are there some you would like to forbid from serving the Lord? Are they preaching Christ and salvation by grace through faith? Is there a way you could explain to them the way of God more perfectly (Acts 18:26)?
• Do you follow the same pattern of graciousness demonstrated by your Saviour? If not, why not?
• Ask God to give you wisdom on when to forbid or when to allow.
• Ask the Lord to give you of His graciousness.
SONG: BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
Christian believers possess a broad spectrum of knowledge. For instance, some believers are weak in the Lord with little knowledge concerning the Lord or His word. Other believers are stronger, possessing a deeper understanding of the word of God. One man may understand that an idol means nothing. He may understand that meat given to an idol is merely meat. However, the less knowledgeable man may not possess that same level of understanding. Christians more scripturally knowledgeable should never mock or disdain any weaker believer, nor should they seek to allow themselves to become a stumblingstone toward these weaker brethren. If the more knowledgeable person is not careful, he may allow his superior knowledge to puff him up. Instead of pride, stronger believers should demonstrate charity.
• (For children): Do you laugh at a baby because he cannot do math? Of course not—he simply needs to grow and learn. Converts also need to grow (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:13-14). We should help them (1 Corinthians 14:26b; Ephesians 4:29) as Jesus did (Mark 10:1) and Paul did (Acts 20:20).
• (For everyone): Have you ever had the experience of another believer mocking you because you lacked understanding in a certain area? Did that encourage you to learn more or discourage and embarrass you?
• Have you ever mocked a believer for his or her lack of knowledge in the scriptures? Should you have handled the situation differently? Can you make it right at this point?
• Thank God for His graciousness with you.
• Ask God to help you deal with others in a charitable manner.
SONG: TEMPLES OF THE HOLY GHOST
Philippians 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Because of Paul’s imprisonment, many more people were moved to preach the gospel of Christ. Some did so from a pure heart with pure motives, but others did so “of envy and strife” (Philippians 1:15). The Bible also points out that some preached Christ “of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to” Paul’s bonds (Philippians 1:16). Paul did not want to waste his time concerned with determining other men’s motives. Instead, he simply rejoiced that Christ was being preached because the lost could be saved which was Paul’s chief concern. Was he happy to see men preach out of spite? No. Yet, he was not going to allow other men’s perceived motives to rob him of the joy he knew from hearing that Jesus Christ was being preached.
• (For children): Paul loved to preach. This was his calling (Acts 20:22-24). He preached Christ (Acts 9:20; 2 Corinthians 4:5-6). Even in jail he was encouraged (2 Timothy 2:2, 8-9). He knew God could use the message of his enemies (Psalm 76:10; Romans 8:28).
• (For everyone): Were those who preached “of envy and strife” right in doing so? Why would Paul not be overly concerned with other men’s motives? If those men were “brethren in the Lord” (Philippians 1:14), to whom would they have to give an account?
• Are there some brethren of which you do not approve? Are they preaching Christ? Do you rejoice in that truth?
• Thank God for those who are preaching Christ.
• Ask the Lord to give you wisdom like He gave to the apostle Paul.
SONG: TELL IT TO JESUS