Notebook Series: Truth part 1

One of the greatest tools I use in the study of God’s Word, aside from numerous translations of the Bible, is a notebook. I was thinking about the value of the notes I have taken while listening to various Bible teachers/preachers. With that in mind, I have decided to do a series of posts on things I have learned and recently revisited in my precious notebook. May God add His blessing to these posts that they may benefit the reader as much [or more] than they have myself.

One of my favorite preachers is Charles Stanley. In fact, I like him much better as an older man than I did when he was young. I don’t completely line up with him theologically, but respect him and have learned much in my study of the Bible from his teachings. Not too long ago, he did a series of teachings on the subject of truth. The next few posts will reflect some of the things I have learned from that series.

Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good! You will surely wear out, both you and these people who are with you, for this is too heavy a burden for you; you are not able to do it by yourself. Now listen to me, I will give you advice, and may God be with you: You be a representative for the people to God, and you bring their disputes to God; warn them of the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. But you choose from the people capable men, God-fearing, men of truth, those who hate bribes, and put them over the people as rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. –Exodus 18:17-21 (NET)

Moses’ father-in-law saw the ‘handwriting on the wall’ and knew Moses needed strong people around him to offer support as he led his people out of captivity to their promised land. Notice in the last sentence of the scripture above that men of truth is listed as a pre-requisite to the candidacy of assisting Moses—as well it should be. After all, as Charles Stanley puts it, truth corresponds to the way things actually are. If you don’t have truth in your life, the reality you think exists may well be nothing but a lie from the enemy.

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