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The One to Trust

By January 24, 2012 Articles, Faith

God is not a liar.

That may sound to you like a very basic truth. Yet many people in the Body of Christ today are talking and behaving as if He is.

What may come as an even greater shock to you is the fact that at one time or another, you and I have been among them.

It’s true. In church, we’ve nodded our heads up and down and said, “Yes, amen. God’s Word is true.” Then we walked outside and came face to face with sickness or some other kind of problem and we challenged the truth of the Word of God with our thoughts, our words and our actions. We followed the course of fear instead of simply expecting God to do what He said He would do for us.

Some people would say, “Well, it’s not that I thought God was lying. It’s just that we can never really know what He is going to do.”

Yes, we can! God told us what He is going to do! He’s literally given us His Word on it. Hebrews 6:16-18 puts it this way:

…an oath for confirmation is to them [men] an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.

This simply means that men make pledges or contracts in order to settle disputes. In them responsibilities are clearly defined and obligations made. As long as everyone is true to their word, there’s no room for questioning what anyone will do.

Well God gave us His contract. He is true to His Word so there is no room for uncertainty about it.

God will do what He said He will do. You can count on it.

It Isn’t Enough to Remember

“But Terri, what about those times when things didn’t turn out like the Word says?”
I can tell you this: If something failed, it wasn’t the Word of God. Romans 3:3-4 says:

What if some did not believe and were without faith? Does their lack of faith and their faithlessness nullify and make ineffective and void the faithfulness of God and His fidelity [to His Word]? By no means! Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar… (The Amplified Bible).

Everything that has to do with men, everything in this natural world, is subject to change. But the Word of God is not. The Word of God is true even when everything else around you is telling you otherwise. But notice the verse says you must let God be true in your life.

To do so, you must settle forever in your heart and mind, there is no fault in God. There’s no weakness or shortcoming in His Word.

You will never catch God in a lie. You will never get in a situation where you exercise faith in God’s Word and God fails to keep that Word. Never! The Bible says God is active and alert, watching over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).

Understand, however, that it’s not enough just to know what the Word says. It must be reality to you—more real than the problem you face.

I have faced the truth of that statement before. Even though I’ve experienced His healing power many times in my life, years ago I found myself in a serious situation where the health of my children was concerned.

I was receiving one bad report after another. Over a long period of time, simple runny noses had become serious diagnoses. Finally I had to sit down and ask myself, Do you believe that Jesus bore your children’s sickness and carried their diseases?

I had to answer, No. I know it happened, but I don’t believe it.

Then I said to myself, Well, you’re going to! And I got my Bible out and meditated on 1 Peter 2:24 that says, “by his stripes we were healed.” So I chose to believe that God cannot lie, and that His Word is true regardless of what my circumstances are telling me.

In my mind, I pictured Jesus on the cross with Jeremy and Aubrey’s sickness. I also saw Him come out of the grave victorious over those sicknesses and then giving that victory to us. I did that for two hours.
Two hours. Big deal! Yet those two hours changed the course of my children’s health.

It’s important for you to realize that throughout that time, I had a basic belief that God has healed us all by the stripes of Jesus. But I had been attempting to exercise faith in God’s Word based on head knowledge. That is not enough!

That’s why Proverbs 4:20-21 says: “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart” (The Amplified Bible).

For that reason, we must constantly center ourselves on God’s Word, because it’s that Word that produces faith in our hearts. In fact, you cannot deepen your faith in God without deepening your trust in His Word.

It Becomes What You Need

One of the mistakes holding many believers back from trusting the Word is that they think of God’s Word as an item or a “thing.” But the Bible tells us that Jesus and His Word are the same. John 1 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (verses 1, 14).

Think for a moment about that statement, “the Word was made flesh.” The world needed Jesus. He is what man had to have. So God’s words and the faith that He released in those words became Jesus.

That is a fundamental characteristic of the Word of God. Mixed with faith, it becomes what you need. God’s Word will become finances if you’re facing shortage. It will become health when you’re faced with sickness.

This one point is so important, I’m going to say it again. No matter what situation you may be facing, if you’ll go to God’s Word in faith, the Word will become what you need.

The Word Is Alive

How can God’s Word become one thing for one person and something else for another? Because it is alive!

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, The Amplified Bible).

The Word of God is full of life. Full! Therefore it administers life wherever it is applied. It doesn’t matter how dark and deadly your circumstances may be. There is enough life in God’s Word to totally overwhelm all the death that the world, the devil or circumstances can bring you.

Charles Capps likens the Word to a natural seed. (And, 1 Peter 1:23 says the Word is incorruptible seed which liveth and abideth forever!) Every seed has within it all the DNA required to produce whatever kind of seed it is. If it’s a peach seed, all that is required to be a peach tree is in the seed.

In the same way, the Word of God has the supernatural life within it to fulfill the promises of God in your life. You plant it in your heart as a seed, but when it comes up, it produces salvation, prosperity, healing, deliverance—whatever God has said belongs to you!

The Word Is Truth

John 17:17 says, “Thy Word is truth.” Notice it doesn’t say, “Thy Word is fact.” Truth goes beyond facts.

The fact may be that you don’t have any money. The fact may be that the doctor said you have an incurable disease. But what does the truth have to say about it?

You see, truth is absolute. Truth doesn’t yield. Truth doesn’t change. Thus, facts are subject to truth.
It can be a fact that you are sick as can be, but God says you were healed by the stripes of Jesus when He died on the cross. That’s the truth. Now you have a choice. You can apply the truth of God’s Word to the fact that you’re sick and the fact will change, or you can agree with the fact and things will stay like they are.

I’ll tell you right now, it will be much easier to agree with the fact because facts scream a lot louder than the Word of God does. God’s Word will be quiet—until it starts coming out of your mouth.

But once that Word begins to come out of your mouth in faith, it will be the final word. If it’s God’s Word about healing, you’ll be healed. If it’s His Word about prosperity, you’ll be prosperous. If it’s His Word about deliverance, you’ll be delivered.

God has given you His contract. When you do your part by believing, speaking and acting on a heart full of faith, God’s Word will come to pass. No circumstance on earth and no demon in hell can stop it.
So forget all those stories you’ve heard about how so-and-so believed the Word and it didn’t work for him. Quit asking questions and settle it once and for all. God is not a liar.

People will lie. People will change. They’ll say one thing today and another tomorrow. People will often fail to keep their promises. But God is the same yesterday, today and forever—and He keeps His Word.

Always. Every time. Without fail. He’s the One to trust.