WHAT IS YOUR LIFE BUILT UPON? 4 Foundational Principles Part 1
By Ps. Jerry
In every life, the wind will blow, the flood will come but if you build your life on a firm foundation, you will stand. That is why it’s so important to get our foundation right. Now, what is a foundational principle? It’s something you build upon. It is the lens that you look through when you look at life. They are like guardrails, to keep you on track. Some 35 years ago, as a young man, I heard a great evangelist share the following principles and after all these years, those principles have proven to be the basis of a strong foundation in my life.
The first foundational principle is Truth is Power. There are two aspects of truth that I want to address. The first aspect is being truthful. It is speaking the truth. It is being an honest person. But you must appreciate what truth is. What is truth? When you say, I am an honest person, or I want to be an honest or a truthful person, what does it really mean? Truth is what is real. It is reality. So, when you speak the truth, you are speaking reality. Truth is reality, meaning what is actually happening.
Exaggeration, embellishment and half-truths are lies. You must appreciate that point. Somebody asked me what about white lies – is it okay if I just tell a white lie? It’s to protect people. A “white lie” is still a lie. It is not truth. If you say, I will be there in 10 minutes, but you are in fact, way across town in Bukit Bintang, that is a lie. Bearing false witness, when you say this is how it happened, actually I saw this, and then you exaggerate or you leave something out, and give a different impression. That is not the truth. A half-truth is a lie.
Who is the father of lies? In John 8:44, Jesus says this about the devil: He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Who then is the father of truth? Jesus says, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life”. (John 14:6) Truth is so important and essential to Christianity.
There is power when you are an honest and truthful person. You become congruent. The truth that you hear and see will be applied in your life correctly. There is power in the Name of Jesus to break every chain! But there has to be truth in you. You have to be honest. You don’t want to be like the sons of Sceva. They said, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” The evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” (Acts 19:13,15) The power is in the truth that’s applied in your life. What you believe, and how you declare it, is so very important.
Let’s look at some scriptures that speak of truth. In Deuteronomy 32:4 (KJV) it says, He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. In the 9th commandment, it is very clear that thou shall not lie: Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Ex. 20:16). In Matthew 12:36-37, Jesus declares, “But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your word you will be acquitted and by your word you will be condemned. In Matthew 5:8, Jesus says, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. If you want to see and hear God, you must be an honest and truthful person. It is the foundation of our relationship with God.
The second aspect of Truth is, you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Jesus came and He said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:18 KJV) Truth liberates. Truth in this context means a principle, a law, a fact. It is the application of God’s law. But if you do not understand the law and you take a half-truth, it will trap you. It will hold you captive. The effect and result of knowing the law, the truth, is that it frees, liberates and empowers you. You become a powerful person once you know the truths of the things of God. Not knowing the truth keeps you in bondage, captivity and poverty. Hosea 4:6 says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
What happens when you believe in a lie or half-truth? For example, there was a time when people believed the world was flat. If you believe so, you will be trapped in a particular location. You will be held captive there, and you will not travel far. As a result, you will not grow or develop, and you cannot trade with other nations. But one nation that learned the truth was Great Britain. They traveled the ocean and they conquered. And Malaysia was one of their colonies. Can you see how the truth liberated and empowered an entire nation? So, you must always seek God’s truth, because Jesus came to liberate and to set you free. The truth sets you free. It’s the good news!
Another example of the danger of believing in a half-truth or lie has to do with money. Everybody needs money to survive. So, understanding the truth about money is so important. If not, it damages you. It holds you in captivity. Some believe that we should just live a moderate life because they assume holiness has to do with living a very poor life. This lie has impacted the church and the Kingdom of God so much. Are you not supposed to be the lender and not the borrower? (Deuteronomy 28:12, Proverbs 22:7) How do I lend if I need support and help? I have to have surplus to be a lender and a giver. God wants you not to be just a lender but a giver. He wants you to be the salt and the light, to make a difference in the lives of people. So that they want to emulate your life because it’s a life of abundance and blessing. The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus has come to give life and that you may have it more abundantly. In Psalms 23:5 it states, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
So, in many areas of our lives we are held captive because we believe an untruth or a half-truth. What you believe as the truth determines how you live, whether you are happy or sad, whether you are healthy or sick, whether you are rich or poor, whether you are saved or unsaved, whether you are stable or unstable. God’s truth is power and by knowing the truth you will set yourself free!