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The Burden of Truth
Whichever way we look at it, the word of truth is a burden. As soon as we hear the good news of the master and saviour Yahushua HaMashiach, we pick up the burden of his stake. By either rejecting or accepting the good news, a burden is upon us.
I found 3 major types of burdens that truth places on us.
1. THOSE WHO REJECT TRUTH
The first burden is when truth comes to us, what do we do? Do we obey and change our lives (be born again) or reject it?
for the good news (gospel) to be good news, we are supposed to deny ourselves in the first place (Matt 16:24), so that we could open our souls to a transformation (John 3:5).
However, the sinful man will cause cognitive dissonance, a battle in which the old man resists anything new. The old man wants to remain in its sinful comfort zone, so it resists the conscience (Romans 7).
This first set will include those who flat out reject the good news and those who accept it as truth and continue in sin.
With consciences corrupted (seared like a hot iron – 1 Tim 4:2), this group will find a way to not let the good news have much impact on their lives. This group includes those who tell us they are not yet ready to accept salvation. Some may even convince themselves that they are living for the Messiah, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
So with this burden of truth, we are indeed being judged by the Father. When we face him, we will have to answer as to what we did with the truth when we got it.
Sadly, this group is heaping condemnation on themselves by denying the true good news.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of YHWH.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in YHWH.
2. BELIEVERS WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY IMMATURE
Now the second burden is a very broad group and includes the vast majority of believers today. It is for those of us who have accepted the word and come into some knowledge. However, we A RELIGIOUS SPIRIT prevents the word from sanctifying us unto perfection. This causes us to have itching ears which find teachers to satisfy us.
This is a spirit that latches itself to some denomination or pastor as being the final word. Whatever that denomination says is more often than not, blindly followed. We come to believe we know it all because that is what our denomination or pastor says.
This group includes those who have also been taken to a higher level of knowledge. We were in some darkness and the Spirit has revealed some truth. Bam! We have arrived. We now have little tolerance for those who know less than us, or share different beliefs.
As I said, this scenario especially describes the religious. These are those who stick to denominational teachings as being the “gospel.” Anything outside what the organization teaches is rejected. The organization has it all figured out. This is the spirit of the Pharisees. You say you see, therefore your sins remain (John 9:39-41).
This is spiritual immaturity and most of us who came into some truth would have gone through this stage at some point.
Truth is indeed a burden.
3. THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR PERFECTION
Now the third burden is a good burden. It comes upon the spiritually mature.
These are those who continue to seek truth and never believe they have it all figured out. Their passion is to SEEK ALL TRUTH and impart this truth on others. These are those with the Berean spirit (Acts 17:10-12).
They prove all things, holding on to that which is good (1 Thess 5:21) and rejecting what is bad by matching everything against the word of truth. These are believers who toil hard in the good news. They come out dirty and soiled for the Messiah’s sake (Mark 13:13), having to push pride aside.
However, they know it is a difficult task and impart the knowledge through the help of the fruit of the Spirit. Through love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, they continue to speak the word.
At times, they feel like giving up, like reviling (1 Cor 6:10), but the Spirit keeps them in check.
They see others with partial knowledge ridiculing them, mockingly telling them, telling them they don’t understand. Yet they go on motivated by love and driven by Ruach HaKodesh. Feeling sorry for those who oppose themselves, knowing that:
2Ti 2:24 And the servant of YHWH must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if Elohiym peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
This burden will continue to be with the spiritually mature, as long as they live.
WHICH BURDEN DO YOU CARRY?
So it is important to know which burden we carry. To know if you are at this point, just answer these questions.
1. Are we those who have found a comfort zone in religion? When truth comes to us, what do we do? Do we reject it and choose to remain where we are at all times? If so, we have a problem.
2. Are we one of the many revilers, who attack those who oppose us? Do we believe we have an entitlement to the kingdom? Do we believe those chosen for the kingdom only comprise those of your assembly or ethnicity?
Are we one of those who believe “Jesus” died so we are automatically made righteous for eternity, no matter if we live a sinful life? Are we those who believe that because of our bloodline we are entitled to the kingdom? If so, we have a problem.
3. Now here is the good part. Are we one of those who are born again, TRULY led by the Spirit INTO RIGHTEOUSNES. Do wee believe that we should live a holy life that portrays the fruit of the Ruach?
Is it our passion to bring light to those in darkness and never believe we have it all figured out? Are we those who never believe we are entitled to the kingdom? As such we constantly sanctify ourselves through the word of truth? At the same time, do we work without ceasing to bring the word of truth to those who believe they see but are really blind?
Which stage are you now?
Which stage are you at? We MUST know this. If I am at the first stage, I am not a believer. At the second stage, I am spiritually immature and am being led by a Pharaseeitical, religious spirit.
At both of these stages, we have to move forward toward perfection (Mat 5:48). We have to strive for the 3rd stage, that of spiritual maturity.
If you are at the third stage, continue striving for perfection in meekness (Mat 5:5), as yours is the heavenly kingdom.
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