UCAN sharing: Reality versus illusion
Scripture: Jn 14:6
Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to
them “I find no fault in Him at all.” Jn 18:38
As children we grow up using our imaginations to create all sorts of things that adults know are not true. A child may take a cardboard box and declare it to be a mighty fortress. When a child does this it is healthy and develops the imagination but when adults perceive the world in terms of what they want to be true and not what is the real truth then our imaginations tend to hinder more than uplift. As people grow they should learn how to discern truth but even the most intelligent people still make the same sinful mistakes all of us make. So man must see that education is not the answer to seeing the truth. If this is so then how can we receive truth and live? 1 Cor. 13:11 says that once we spoke and understood like children but when we became fully grown we put away childish things. The problem is that many Christians never put the childish ways of think away. We love our sinful illusions so we pursue them with all our heart missing out on the true blessings of God.
In today’s modern societies it is considered right that each person’s way of seeing thing is correct for that person. As a result each person defines their own truth. The problem is that this creates endless truths, which may conflict with another person idea of truth. People see money as security and a need. God tells us to seek him and we will never lack. Which is truth? It all depends on who you listen to. If you grow up in the world system and never hear of Jesus and his words then what you have to discern the truth is man’s
reasoning. Currently man’s reasoning says that there are no absolutes truths that all things are relative. This means truth has no fixed form. It changes constantly to meet the new perceptions. This is why more and more ideas that once we believed to be incorrect we now believe to be true. Marriage for instance, is no longer seen as important to society. We have open up to many new options that undermine the foundation of marriage so much that it has little resemblance to what God established as marriage. In
doing this man feeds himself on constant lies that are powerfully deceptive. Here are illusions that are not dragons and space ships of child play but life wreaking ideas that leave a person without hope and floating nowhere.
Christians should know better and be able by grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to see and receive the truth. This should make a radical impact on our lives as we live totally differently from the world. We are no longer searching for the truth but rather have it and are learning to live by it. Most people never come close to living truth but we can do so daily that is if we let go of the illusions of our life here. When we hold on to the lies of this world and pursue them whether consciously or not we have abandoned the place of
truth, light and love for the place of darkness, lies and illusions. We may live believing we are OK but if it does not line up with God’s truth we should see that we are wrong not God. The world can say they don’t believe but a Christian can’t say this and be in Christ.
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Prov. 14:12
Jesus Christ had a way of saying things that challenged the listener. The bible tells us that when Jesus spoke the people could sense a difference between the religious leaders and Jesus. Jesus spoke as one who had authority. This impacted them greatly because the religious leaders only repeated back what they had heard without having the power to live it. So Jesus has a certain power in His words which comes not from a skill, like that of a politician, but rather as one who is real. The reality of God’s truth shines out. When Jesus was confronted with the adulterous woman he spoke and the crowd was convicted and dispersed (Jn8:3-11). Jesus lived what he said. He showed compassion to the lost, healed the sick and gave forgiveness. His signs and wonders testified to who he is, the Son of God. This can’t be made up by just memorizing words. Either you have the power of God or you don’t.
But there is more to Jesus than just his manner of speaking. The words Jesus spoke are alive and powerful (Heb 4:12). Many have just read the bible and come to faith. Jesus’ words carry the full authority and divine nature of God. So when Jesus speaks it will be so no matter how impossible it may seem to us. God is not limited like we are so his words reflect this. Col 1:16-17 describe Christ as he really is, supreme. Now if we receive and believe this than all the words that Jesus says are true no matter who says what about them. Today the church to often looks for approval from the world for the things God says. This will never work since the two are opposite and will never agree (1 Jn 2:15-16). So we must start believing what Jesus says as absolute truth. This makes Jesus our only reality because he is the source of truth.
The issue isn’t about Jesus since he never changes. It is about us whether we Christians are willing to believe Him and place all our faith on his words as not just truth but reality. So when God says that he will provide we believe it though the circumstances say we have nothing and will get nothing. What is your reality? If sickness comes and the doctor says death we can say God is my healer no matter what the disease. If we believe and don’t doubt (James 1:6-7) we can see God’s reality. When Lazarus was dead Jesus came to Martha and Mary late just to show us his reality over this world. Lazarus had been dead four days and all knew that by now his body would have started decomposing. This is man’s reality based on man’s thinking but God is not governed by this. His ways are higher and his thoughts are not ours (Isa 55:8-9) so we can’t understand what might be but we can believe in the one who can make it be just by listening to his words and seeing his creation. Jesus said Marta “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” This makes no sense, we can’t understand because it is not from man. What Jesus is saying is that there are different deaths, physical and spiritual. We may lose our bodies but if we believe in Jesus, he has our souls! He will give us new bodies to match (1 Cor 15). Jesus at the tomb simply spoke “Lazarus come.” and Lazarus lived. How mighty is the word from God’s mouth. It is truly greater than anything we see for he created it all.
This kind of mindset comes only when we place our faith fully in Christ. We must daily make decision not to taken in the lie of this world but expose them with God’s truth. Unbelief is our enemy and leads us to fear and doubt which open the door for Satan to influence us. Sin will follow if we don’t turn back to Christ and shut off the other voices. Perhaps you are struggling with some sinful issues. This means you have received and believed a lie over God’s truth. Check your heart to see what you really believe. Ask God to reveal to you any hidden lies that you are releasing faith in to. Repent of them. Only God can expose the illusions we hold as truth and free us. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
As we learn God’s word and trust in it, God will light the way for us to change and overcome all things (Ps 119:105). We begin to walk in the reality of the life in Christ which is the only reality. When we walk apart from God we walk in darkness and are lost. We may think we are OK but this is just an illusion we choose to believe. We all need to see how needy for Jesus we are. He needs to feed us our truth daily so we don’t wander away. By devoting yourself to him you will remain in the truth and the truth will set you free. Draw close to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8). Let the Holy Spirit be your source of what is real. Become a seeker and liver of truth, God’s truth.