Seeking Truth/Seeking Jesus

Seeking Truth/Seeking Jesus

Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
September 4th, 2016
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Seeking Truth/Seeking Jesus

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (esv)
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

I don’t know if I can think of a verse that better describes this world today than this one.  It says people will not endure sound teaching…in other words they won’t tolerate it.  They won’t sit there and listen to the truth…perhaps because the truth hurts.

Instead they will have itching ears and find teachers that will tell them what they want to hear.  Does this sound familiar?  People no longer want to hear that their desires and their life is sinful.

And so they find people, scientist, teachers and even preacher who will tell them what they want to hear and then they label them experts…and these “experts” begin to spread their teaching, and insist that they must be right… and that God must be wrong.

This seems to be happening here in American now more than ever.  This even happening in our churches.  There are churches who have fallen into the trap of preaching and teaching what the people want to hear, not what people need to hear.  So what we have is a world who is not seeking truth, but seeking what they want to hear.

And the truth is, this is tempting for Christians as well.  When a preacher preaches a message that steps on your toes, it is tempting to google the subject and find someone who teaches it the way you want to hear it.

For instance, you might think…do I REALLY have to forgive EVERYONE…or is it okay if I don’t forgive someone who really hurt me and never ask for forgiveness?  And so you do a google search and you find a preacher who preaches that we need to forgive, but there are times when it is okay for us not to forgive.  And you end up not seeking truth, but instead seeking what you want to hear.

So, as Christians it is imperative for us to seek truth and to seek Jesus in all of our situations.  Especially our most difficult situations.  So how do we seek truth?
 
1. What is the Nature of Truth? 

You would think that this would be easy to define…but apparently even the definition of truth is up for grabs.  There is an increasingly popular view that truth is relative.  What may be true for one person, may not be true for another person.  And truth is not absolute.

The view that truth is relative is categorically false, because if truth is relative then anything can be true.  And this is what people want to believe.  But really this is just an excuse for people to do what they want to do, even though they know it is wrong.

So what are some qualities of truth.

a) Truth is Perfect.  That is to say it can’t be off by 1 degree, it can’t be mostly true, truth has to be perfectly true, otherwise it is false.

b) Truth is right.  All the time, there is never anytime that truth is false.  In other words, you cannot use the excuse…”Well in this case it doesn’t apply.”

c) Truth is ultimately good.  In the long term, truth is far better than a lie.  A lie is like a drug, it may give us satisfaction in the short term, but in the long term, it kills us spiritually.

So how do we seek truth?

The first thing we need to understand is…

2. Jesus is Truth.

Jesus Said…
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Jesus is…The Way…The Truth…and The Life…
It is His nature.   Not only does He tell the truth, but there is no untruth in Him. There is no Deception.  Truth is who He is, it is what He leaves behind…Jesus is truth.

And this makes sense after we just defined what truth is:

Jesus is perfect, there is absolutely no wrong in Him.
Jesus is right or righteous…There is no lie in Him.
Jesus is good!  All the time…there is nothing harmful in Jesus.

Just the opposite is true for Satan…

John 8:44-45
You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature] because he is a liar and the father of liars. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

Jesus and Satan are opposites:

Jesus is perfect, Satan is flawed…
Jesus is truth, Satan is deception…
Jesus is good, Satan is harmful…
Jesus is absolute, Satan is relative…

And here is what the means to us… 

3. To Seek Truth in our Life, is to Seek Jesus. 

If we are having difficulties in life and if we are wondering what we should do…If we seem lost and something feels wrong… Then we need to seek truth which means we need to seek Jesus.

Because:
When we seek Jesus in a situation, we are seeking the way…
When we seek Jesus in a difficulty we are seeking truth…
When we seek Jesus in our purpose, in the meaning of life…then we are seeking life!

When we don’t seek Jesus in these things, then what we are seeking is lies, we are seeking sin…we are seeking Satan. 

And the result of seeking truth and seeking Jesus in all our situations is…

John 8:30-32
As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The truth sets us free!!

Where do you need to seek Truth and seek Jesus in your life?


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