Truth is Eternal. Fact is only temporary.
“Fact” is limited to some things or situations which one can "prove" with "circumstantial evidence". Fact is supported by only the five natural senses. Facts die with man.
Truth, however, endures all generations, what was true for Adam and Eve, is still true for us today. Truth is the standard set up by the Creator of The Universe, therefore it is not altered, nor diminished by our limited perceptions. Truth stands the test of time. Truth is eternal.
That is why the WORD of God reminds us to meditate on, or be careful to feed our minds, will and emotions with The Truth. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
The word “dwell” sort of jumped out at me. The word dwell means:
1. to remain for a time
dwell in the hallway
2.a: to live as a resident
the town in which he dwelled for eight years, the dwelling place of the gods
b: EXIST, LIE
where the heart of the matter dwells
3.a: to keep the attention directed — used with on, or upon
tried not to dwell on my fears
b: to speak or write insistently — used with on, or upon
reporters dwelling upon the recent scandal
So, when The Word says to “dwell on these things....”, it is saying that we must remain, we must see to it that our thoughts remain, live, exist, keep our attention directed, in order to speak or write insistently on what is “TRUE, Good, worthy of honor, right, pure, lovely, of good report, excellent, and worthy of praise!”
Wow. How often I fall short of THAT goal! I often feel like Joyce Meyer, who once described her “old” self, (that is, who she was “before Jesus”) by saying, “If I ever had two positive thoughts in a row my brain would take a cramp!” lol
Oy, I can so relate! How often is our brain besieged with negativity! We assume those are “our” thoughts, when, in spiritual reality (which is the dominant, important, eternal, actual reality), those thoughts are often inserted by our enemy, to distract us, and pull us off course. He's a great imitator, and his whole agenda is to keep us in the dark, to deceive us. So he imitates our inner voice and fills in any blanks we leave open.
This is why The WORD instructs us to, “Keep and guard (our hearts) with all vigilance and above all that (we) guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 AMPC -
And to make an exerted effort every day to walk in His Light, John puts it this way; “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:5-7).
Luke, in his writings, (chapter 6 verse 45) explains the importance of this further, saying,
"The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored in] of his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.”
So – these scriptures are reminding us that whatever we allow to dominate our thinking gets into our hearts - then, whatever we allow to "set up camp', or to “dwell”, in our hearts ends up coming out our mouths – changing - either positively or negatively - our life and the world around us! Whether we have realized it or not, whether we like it or not, what comes out of our mouths has created our current existence.
That is a sobering and disturbing reality! To realize that we have the power to either create life or implement death with our words. To take responsibility that with our thoughts and words we can MAKE and/or SUSTAIN Joy or depression, grief or hope, literal life or death. To accept, believe and own the TRUTH, that the choice is really up to us. It is difficult to grasp, to act on the Truth that WE have the POWER of life and death. In fact, James reminds us that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.
Wow. Does it get any plainer than that? My mama used to say, “Watch your mouth!” That usually meant what I was saying was going to wind up getting me into big rouble! It is, actually, some of the best advice she ever gave me!
But we need to take this concept all the way back to the thought realm. For it is what we allow to live, to "dwell", or take up residence, in our heads that produces the words which eventually come out of our mouths, after making their way down into our hearts, where our “beliefs” are stored.
We must, therefore, be careful to CHOOSE what we believe, and not let mere facts, and/or earthly events dictate our beliefs to us. Faith is a choice, it doesn't “just happen”. Fear, grief, depression, suicidal tendencies, all the yucky stuff “just happens”, because those things are the default mode of the fallen flesh. They don't require intentional choice. It is just what is left if we refuse to take responsibility by refusing to choose.
Yeshua (a.k.a., Jesus) came to give us the choice of LIFE over death, FREEDOM over bondage (addictions/strongholds, etc.), and The Kingdom of God over the mere earthly existence followed by an eternity away from our loving creator (a.k.a., Hell), an eternity spent with His enemy ,and ours!
Our mission, then, “if we choose to accept it,” as followers of Yeshua ha Messiach, (Jesus The Christ/The Anointed One), is to become aware of these choices, CHOOSE WISELY, and THEN make these choices available to the failing, dying, troubled, addicted world!
Listen people of God - an awful lot of people don't even know they have options! They believe they just have to settle for whatever “life” or “luck” or “karma” hands them! NO! We have a Savior who came specifically to deliver us from that "fate".
“Karma” is a concept that is actually borrowed, the idea originates from the biblical law of “sowing and reaping”. The world says, “What goes around comes around”, and “Karma is such a bitch”. The WORD says, “do not be deceived, God will not be mocked, for whatever you sow, you shall surely reap”! This Word of God aligns with further admonitions such as, “treat others as you wish to be treated”, “Don't judge, so you won't be judged”, “forgive, so you can be forgiven”, etc.
In actual reality (over our imagined, often preferred "reality") God created a world where there are real consequences for our decisions, and/or the refusal to make any.
Which means that anything we sow will produce a crop! So if we are sowing strife, manipulation and deception then we will reap discord, depression and lack. If we are sowing love, mercy and truth then we will reap blessing, peace and joy!
What too many are missing though, is that to refuse to actively CHOOSE LIFE is to choose the default mode, which is DEATH. There are NO other options, there is no blank, demilitarized, zone between those two choices where we can just veg. That is a huge deception! Hence the admonition to “be NOT deceived”! There's been a war between Life (represented and sustained by The Creator God) and Death (sponsored by His adversary the devil) ever since Satan/ Lucifer rebelled in heaven, seeking to unseat and replace The God who created him! We are caught up in it, as targets of the enemy, because, when he hurts us, he hurts The One Who created us! Because our God LOVES us. That is why the enemy HATES us.
But WE get to CHOOSE which one we will be affiliated with. My observation is that a person would need to be really stupid not to choose a loving God, and our reborn spirit-self, over a terminally stupid flesh, that is in league with the devil who hates us! Just sayin'.
Again, it is OUR CHOICE what we will think about, what we will BELIEVE, and what WE allow to LIVE in our heads, take up residence in our hearts, and then, what we let come out of our mouths. Our circumstances will reflect our choices. Like it or not. It might not be “easy” but it IS simple.
CHOOSE. Life or Death, Blessing or Cursing, Obedience or Disobedience. We shouldn't just walk around bemoaning our “FATE”. We must take responsibility for having created it, and then, after REPENTING, get busy cooperating with God's good plan for our lives instead.
Believe, Receive and Achieve, or Doubt, Pout and do Without! The choice is really up to us. TODAY, AGAIN, I CHOOSE LIFE!!!! I CHOOSE TRUTH!!! I CHOOSE GOD! ~ Selah (Pause, and calmly contemplate that!)