Wrestling With Truth (Safe inside our Refuge)
Last Night I was having a Bible Study with some brothers from KU. In the midst of it, The plan was to read and discuss a passage of scripture and then to watch a sermon video. The two halves seemed almost disjointed, yet a singular message began to form. So I want to take a minute to share about some truth that would truly benefit us to understand.
First we read from Psalm 34, and our discussion really focused on the final verse. So let me share it from the NKJV which was the one we first read. Psalm 34:22,
“The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.”
Here we see the psalmist, David telling us that there is no condemnation for those who trust the Lord. Which is paralleled in the new testament by Paul’s letter to the Romans. In Chapter 8 verse 1 he says,
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
This verse speaks similarly about a lack of condemnation. This time, it isn’t associated with “Trust” but with abiding. “Those who are in Christ…” However, what you may not recognize from the language here is that Trusting and abiding are identical. Let’s go back to Psalm 34:22, but this time let’s read through the ESV.
“The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”
These two versions have minor language differences. But the one we want to focus on is where the ESV says “…none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” The NKJV says trust, but the ESV says take refuge. So this tells us that Biblically trusting in God is the same as taking refuge in Him or Abiding in Him.
So when we realize that Trusting God means abiding in Him. It becomes easy. This is why we are called in Hebrews to Rest in the Lord. When we are free to rest and abide in Him we are free from condemnation. Why? Because when we abide in Him we are separated from the things the world sees and says about us.
This leads to the next portion of study where we were watching a sermon video. Every so often we would pause the video and discuss the thing the preacher was saying. Something he said stuck the group.
“What is currently ‘True’ about you is not always the ‘Truth’ about you.” – Blaine Cook
This is a common thought in the kingdom and has been worded in many different ways by different preachers, but it is a vital truth. What He means by this is that there are facts about your life. For instance, you might be sick, you might be in jail, you might be depressed, you might be any number of things. However, while these are ‘facts’ and they are ‘true’ they do not represent the truth about you.
Jesus Christ said “I am the way, the truth, and the Life…” Jesus is the Truth, and anything He says about you matters more than what you see right now. You might have struggles, but if God has spoken, you need to trust, abide, rest, and take refuge in His word and what He says so that you can overcome and be free of the struggles, sins, weights, and such that hold you back from walking in the fullness of the destiny Christ has before you. Paul told Timothy similar when he wrote his first letter. 1st Timothy 1:18-19
“ This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience.”
This is a weapon of our warfare. What has Christ said about you, over you, and for you? These are the things you need to remember every time the world and the devil tries to pull you down like gravity sinking you into the pit. Hold fast to the word of God. Wrestle with the prophetic word. Rest in Christ and what He has said. This is how you overcome, you take refuge in Him and let Him wash you with His words over you.
Be blessed my friends…