Whatever Is True – True Truth & Its Source

January 25th, 2024 – Late Thursday Morning

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true…” ~Philippians 4:8a

Last time we covered the entirety of this verse in general and the necessity of applying God’s comprehensive filtration system to our thought process. Today, we jump into the first filter of that system – the filter of truth.

To begin, we must start with a focus on the Source of truth – God Himself; otherwise, our version of “truth” will become skewed and distorted. Obviously, comprehending what is true about Him will take a lifetime (and we should be seeking to know Him more – for the entirety of our lives), so let us just consider 5 different truths about Him to start us off: 1. He is always good. 2. He is always just. 3. He is always truthful. 4. He always cares for His children. 5. He never leaves or forsakes those who trust in Him.

Consider Psalm 23 for a moment. Look it up, read it, and meditate on it. David’s confidence and hope were sure because his trust was in his Shepherd; he understood who the LORD is, and because he understood that, he was secure in his heart, his mind, and in his circumstances. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says that He is the Good Shepherd; the realities that David described in Psalm 23 have been expanded upon in Christ and those who come to Him find a sure and steadfast foundation – for everything.

How does this apply to you and I right now? First off, whatever is “true” in our lives right now must be tempered by what is truly true. For instance, it may be true that you have lost your job for the moment, but you can still be at peace because your Shepherd will provide for your needs as you put Him and His kingdom first. You may be hurting from the wounds of others or the loss of a loved one, but you can give those hurts and cares to the Father of mercies and God of all comfort – because He cares for you. And, on a totally different level, you do not need to harbor unforgiveness or bitterness towards others or react to what they say or do because of 2 things: 1. God has forgiven you in Christ and He will give you the grace to forgive if you trust and obey. 2. What may seem to be the case is not always the case; our interpretation of someone else’s words and actions can often be far from the truth.

This is why filtering to the level of only allowing what is true in our minds is so important. Even as children of God, our flesh must be constantly put to death whenever it rears its ugly head; filtering to the truth clears out the lies and distortions of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and it allows us to operate with God’s perspective, His grace, and His power.

Don’t allow your attitude and thinking to be marred or muddied by deceit. Put the eyes of your heart on the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and allow Him to help you filter your mind with His truth.