Live Your Truth or Live God’s Truth?
I always see ads or hear people telling us to “live our truth” and be passionate about our beliefs and convictions. In theory, it’s a good idea. If everyone was authentic and full of their own convictions the world would be a better place, right? I’m not so sure about that.
What about all of the conflict in our individual truths? What if someone believes in stealing from those who have to give to those who have not? What if someone feels their truth is to do things that are immoral or wrong?
Is that okay if it’s their truth?
Living our own individual truths is a nice theory, but it’s not without its complications.
Why don’t we choose instead to live out God’s Truth (the Word of God)?
You put your faith in God and His Word already. Right? It may not be at the forefront of our minds, but maybe it can be. If we make an effort to live out our faith in everything we do every day, we can be living the Truth. We can call it “living your faith” or “living God’s Truth”. (I guess if you want to get technical about it, His Truth can be my truth. So, the saying doesn’t necessarily have to change. It’s mostly about our mindset.)
Don’t take this post the wrong way. I love that people are passionate and I think we should strive to have standards and convictions in our lives. Why can’t God’s Word be our standards and convictions? Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?
We put aside our own desires and instead put the will of God first and foremost.
Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
Everything may not play out how we think it should, but God knows already how things need to go to reach the desired result. So, we trust. It’s that simple.
So, today I’m asking —
What is your truth?
Is it a verse from the Bible that you feel convicted to share/live out? Is it grace and forgiveness? Kindness?
Let me know in the comments!
So, now that we’ve gone over the whole idea behind “Live Your Faith” (aka – Live God’s Truth), why don’t we talk about how to do that?
How to Live Your Faith as a Bible-based believer…
First, you have to know what your faith in God represents. Get a pen and paper and make a list answering these questions. You may already know what some of your top convictions are. Just make sure they line up with the Word. Again, I think it’s important to make sure the focus is on God and what He wants.
1- Know what God stands for. It’s all right there in that handy dandy Bible on your shelf/dresser/table/etc… There are also lots of great online Bibles and apps for your devices. If you’re online, you’ve got access! How great is that?
2-What are the things He values most?
3- What things do you feel strongly about that apply to your life?
4- What are some things that you need/want to change about yourself? Are you quick to get angry? Do you react off of emotion? Are you judgmental? Do you need to work on showing more grace? Be honest! Evaluate yourself in the areas that you are lacking. We all have those areas, so don’t feel bad. Once you’ve decided what they are, make a conscious effort every day, all day to live out those things.
5- What are things that you wish others would do in your life? Do you need to be shown grace and forgiveness? Do you need love? Live out those things that you desire most and show them to others. You might be surprised how it can make its way back to you!
Okay, now that you know what your truth as a believer is, we can look at how to live our faith:
1- Live your faith as a believer in the open in front of everyone and do not be ashamed. God is not ashamed of you, so don’t be ashamed of Him. He redeemed us from our past and we are free because of Him. Never hide your faith in God.
Matthew 7:21-23 KJV
“Not every one that saith unto me, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
2- Seek God in everything! Keep your faith in God at the front of your mind from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. This may be hard at first, but with practice it gets pretty easy. You’ll probably mess up here and there and forget all about it, but the important thing is you push Him right back up to the front of your mind. Listen to your favorite worship songs. Make little notes of scripture to post around your house, in your car, in your wallet, or wherever so you can look at them throughout the day.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
3- Don’t look for validation from your peers or even strangers. The only one you should turn to for validation is God. Do good in the eyes of God and according to the Word. Isn’t He the ultimate judge?
4- Most importantly, Follow God’s Word! This is your handbook for life. Why we let it sit there and collect dust or only pull it out during Sunday service is crazy. Every answer you need is written on these pages.