Rambling Thoughts In Tasmania

This is not a new idea, but perhaps a deeper reflection on recent experiences.  So here is my thought: Truth, separated from its source, has very limited power, minimal to virtually no lasting positive effect and may actually be used in a harmful or manipulative way.

Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6 ) Jesus not only spoke the Truth, He embodied and personified truth.  His life is the truth of God manifested (made flesh) and demonstrated .  He is Truth, truth comes from Him and reaches out to us and that Truth brings genuine Life, exposes and breaks life crippling deception and brings genuine freedom (…and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.  John 8:32).  Therefore, truth is more than correct information or accurate facts.  In a very real way Truth is the life-giving, bondage breaking, freedom releasing power and presence of God.  Awesome!

Truth that has been disconnected from its Source is at best a somewhat helpful principle.  (try loving your neighbor without the Source of Love in your hearts :))  At its worst it becomes a rigid lifeless law or maybe even worse yet – a weapon.  Our friends the Pharisees were champions at doing this.

My point in all of this?  You cannot separate the Truth that Jesus said or revealed from the person and present-moment presence of Jesus.  His words and his demonstrated acts of compassion, mercy and grace lead us to one place: HIM.

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5 Responses to Rambling Thoughts In Tasmania

  1. Jeff Lloyd says:

    Hi Ray,

    You have summed up lots of my thoughts lately, wow! I have been pondering the establishment of many ‘movements’ of churches since the reformation, how many were zealous for the ‘truth’, yet down the track, the churches had truth but little else. Perhaps this was the difference between Calvin & John Wesley?

    Hope your time in Oz finishes up well!

    Jeff

  2. Themom says:

    Good stuff! Miss y’all. Love and blessings, kg

  3. Connie says:

    That is truth, Ray…..thanks for sharing! Bless you both!!!

  4. Colley says:

    Ray, Good word. Colley

  5. Julie Smude says:

    Love this, Ray! Thank you. Would you mind if I share it with some folks on Facebook? Let me know…. BLESS YOU. So sorry we’ll miss each other this time around but I’m looking forward to setting my down in the U.S. of A. for a few months!!! God bless you, bro!

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