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Truth – The Source of Life

All who know me know I have faced ups and downs in both personal and professional aspects of life. All we have when a crisis has ended is our conduct during it. Crisis is quite revealing. My failures have provided an exposure of me to me, and occasionally others. Failure does not necessarily make or break anyone, but it surely does reveal us to ourselves. Failure, if it can be survived, builds character (James 1:2-4).

Failure comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes – can range from personal to professional, small to large, intimate to very public; but in any case, we all have failures. This little article addresses the hard truth that some of our failures can reveal if truth is our objective.

I can honestly say for me, far more is learned in failure than ever in success. Why? Because, as a human, I am very capable of having the wrong perspective, often selfish and self serving, and limited to my view only. In the early immature years of self analysis, I would automatically assume ‘my view’ to be right, and in many cases I was as wrong as a duck with lips. I could see through my eyes only.

In later more mature times, I learned that not to be the case in every case. In any case, failure and conflict are beautiful opportunities to self examine by asking and answering hard questions of yourself. If TRUTH is the real objective, God has a way of helping us find it, even when it hurts terribly bad! He has a way of revealing us to ourselves, to forgiving ourselves and others – no human has that capability! What an event the Cross was!

The one thing I constantly sought, even dating back into childhood was truth. I wanted truth, but had no clue what I really wanted. JESUS, who is the ultimate truth, was knocking on my door but I wasn’t interested! Yet later I learned, THERE IS NO REAL LIFE WITHOUT TRUTH, AND ONLY DEATH WITH WHAT IS OBTAINED BY A LIE! Test that statement! There is no real life on this planet without truth ruling our lives. Truth buried is a substitute for real life!

Interestingly, I am finding Jesus in much more than I ever knew in my early days as a Christian. I am finding that seeming setbacks are often prerequisites for setups: a necessary repositioning of attitude or physical structure necessary for a larger component of events than what existed in the previous structure (His Kingdom Order).

The following statement is true in both the natural and spiritual world: It’s truth resonates in the natural (knowledge) and supernatural (revelation) – ANYTHING GROWING WILL CHANGE. This is true whether it is revelation of Christs’ love, whether a growing pubescent teenager, whether an emerging technology, whether a major corporation or business, whether an individual on a new journey of faith, communities, relationships, marriages, etc., GROWTH REQUIRES CHANGE, JUST AS STAGNANCY INITIATES DEATH.

Engrafting and pruning are signs of growth as they reflect change. Engrafting is the natural phenomenon of addition that comes about as a result of “seeking first the Kingdom, and seeing ALL THINGS ADDED.” Pruning is often a natural and necessary phenomenon in which the least productive parts are cut away, such that the remaining lifeblood can be supplied to the parts that are productive. Painful pruning occurs just before great growth occurs.

The setbacks of conflict and failure can be, and often are, prerequisites for growth. This almost foreign concept could get me stoned around a group of intellectuals (and I’m talking “Stephen stoned, not Colorado stoned here.”) Arthur Burt, a wise man who died at 102 years of age, stated, “God allows in His wisdom what He could have prevented in His power.” This was a statement directed at my personal life because he knew my walk – words that prepared me for hardships and difficulties that were eventually used to set me into growth patterns. The knowledge that these difficulties were NOT designed for my defeat, but rather my strengthening has been a measure of TRUTH that produced life where there easily could have been death.

It is this type TRUTH that I will seek until the day I leave this earth.

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  1. Quote: no human has that capability! What an event the Cross was!

    And may I say also that it is also today the Power if we take it up that leads to the fullness of His Resurrection which is the Fathers Manifested Life:
    As I was taking in these words I just couldn’t escape the present Day Cross we are to carry “IF” we are to take it upward so as to follow precisely in His Footsteps as Paul “Trumpets” Loudly that to truly know Him our Lord Jesus by experience is to allow His Present day Cross and the death He died to be “Conformed” to that same death “NOT” to Sin because we already died to sin when we were crucified with Him and now we are Alive in Him and can choose to either take of His Cross to ourselves because He now dwells “Within” us qualifying us to come over as in Conquer the World just as He did or we can just continue on doing a will of our own “Not” interested in the things of Christ and the Inheritance of the Fathers Will in His Holy Ones called the Saints set apart to inherit the usefulness of His Presence which is His Coming to be Glorified in His Saints Amen and Amen!

  2. Quote: The setbacks of conflict and failure can be, and often are, prerequisites for growth. This almost foreign concept could get me stoned around a group of intellectuals (and I’m talking “Stephen stoned,
    We who are “ALIVE” In Him are entering the more and more of the “Reality’ of His Presence as the Kingdom through many a trial and afflictions even be ever so Wounded by our own brethren but we must remember Him and that it is also by these Wounds for Righteousness sake as in His sake “We” realize our healing as sheep we are led to the slaughter which is pleasing to the Father to Glorify Him through the dying of Jesus within us so that the Life of Jesus can also be realized as Seen in our Mortal dying out flesh as we Overcome this World brother Amen? And ALL not just some but ALL who are Willing in their desires to Live on earth like God “IN” Christ as IN Jesus then they as the “WE” Will suffer persecution and this is the Way of the Cross that leads to His fullness of His Life Amen

  3. Once again the message received is the message that is needed. I understand exactly where in the spirit you are coming from. It sounds a lot like me in my lifetime but not on such a large scale. Some days it feels like I have gone to the cross, I have given my all I just have to let God do the plan and give me the workout. The world is so not in touch, that messages aND SIGNS are just not seen or received and someone dies on the inside. Every day my heart cries out for change, I pray so hard sometimes that my heart hurts.

    1. May our Living God Bless you Stephen with All Spiritual Blessings in Christ Jesus your Lord as you walk in Him Amen.

      And yes the world has gone mad and we can See the very wrath of God Himself being realized within them as in their souls as many come to us today even in sheep’s outward clothing called today’s Christianity in the flesh of Adam “NOT” Christ as the Last Adam but Inwardly Ravenous wolf eaters biting at each other feeding on the flesh of a dead man with two horns like a Lamb “Outwardly” Masquerading As in appearance only but when they speaks we can See it speaks out from the foul spirit of this world called the devil our Adversary yes Satan. “WATCH”

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