This devotional is one day of a 365 days devotional book entitled Living Hope for the End of Days that explores Revelation, the final book of God's Word; and is available at http://www.dtbm.org/
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you feel the compassion of Jesus!
WEDNESDAY: Jesus Offers Truth in a World of Lies
And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
—Revelation 14:5, emphasis added
In the company of the Lamb are those who rest in the absolute delights of His security, joy, purity, and truth. They are like Jesus of whom it was said: “[He] committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth …” (1 Peter 2:22).
What is so marvelous is that the Holy Spirit presents these martyrs as the heroes of the book of Revelation. In our world it is popular to lie. People generally believe it is only a lie if you are under oath and there is a transcript, but the God of truth says: … Do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment (James 5:12).
Several years ago, someone wrote a book in which the author speculated as to what would happen if everyone told the truth—the government, the military, salesmen, financial markets, and married couples. What this ungodly writer had to say only points out the fact that worldly people know that they are lying.
These servants of the Lord in Revelation 14:5 have Truth in a world of lies, for they know the Christ who says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The world, however, is so much like their father the devil: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer… and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him …” (John 8:44).
How will these servants of the Lamb keep from becoming entrapped in the world’s web of deceit? They will believe what God has revealed to them: “If you abide in My word, … you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
Modern history testifies to what will happen to those who hear the Truth of the Bible preached. To illustrate, go back with me to 1931—to a living legend named C. T. Studd. After serving fifteen years in China and six in India, he invested his final twenty-one in the heart of Africa’s vast, dark jungles among the fierce, cannibal, head-hunting pygmies.
Once a lean and fit professional athlete, C.T. is now gaunt and emaciated. He is hunched over, halting with each step. But in July 1931 he is surrounded by thousands of glistening black bodies wearing banana leaves. The pygmies of the heart of Africa’s jungles have come to hear their beloved Bwana for the last time. He speaks to them only after over two hours of singing the songs he had so lovingly taught them: “Wounded for me, wounded for me, there on the cross He was wounded for me, gone my transgressions and now I can sing, all because Jesus was wounded for me!”3
There in front of his cot sit 5,000 former headhunters. Once their bodies were the habitation of dark, foul fiends from the pit, but now they are temples of the living God. Once they were naked and grossly immoral lovers of darkness, but now they are not only clothed in Christ but also modestly clothed in banana leaves. Once they lived as a continuation of generations of murderers, years of darkness, and lives of savagery, but now, before their beloved father in the faith, they sit in an immense sea of white-toothed smiles. Once they were all mortal enemies, never without the weapons of war, but now no weapons of war are left, only the bond of love. With faces turned heavenward, these former enemies sit shoulder-to-shoulder, singing of the sweet by-and-by and that beautiful shore they will see some day.
Those saints were converted and transformed by the Lord through the simple passionate preaching of the Truth of God’s Word in the Bible—and that Truth had set them free! Why have believers all through the ages seen lives transformed by the preaching of the gospel? Because they simply obeyed what Jesus left them and us to do—and soon the 144,000 Tribulation servants will be doing it as well.
This company around the Lamb are thus secure, joyful, pure, and truthful; they are like Jesus, “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22).
On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your truthfulness? Who are you following—the father of lies or the Father of truth?
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