“The Truth Works”

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When the last season of ABC’s popular show “Scandal” ended, viewers were left wondering who had leaked Olivia Pope’s affair with the president. When the third season premiered this week, the famed “fixer” was at the center of her own scandal. As Pope comes up with a plan to face the American public regarding the revelations about her own life, she says, “the truth works.”

Perhaps, some of us can identify being in a situation such as the one Olivia finds herself in — having done something wrong, and now trying to figure out what to do about it. Of course, there is one part of us that does not want to tell the truth about our own wrongdoings. We fear that others may not like us any more. We fear that we will lose favor and support. However, if we remember that old saying, “honesty is the best policy,” we will realize the benefits of telling the truth even on ourselves.

The truth works because it sets us free. The Bible tells us that we are lost in our sins and that without the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can never get free from the bondage of sin. If we are unwilling to admit our wrongdoing, we can never gain forgiveness, healing, and redemption.

Sometimes, we tend to think that we are better than other people because their problems happen to be in the public eye. However, the truth is, we have our own set of sins that we must deal with. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Even Olivia Pope, whose job it is to fix other people’s problems, has problems of her own.

How we deal with our sins will determine not only our relationships with others, but will also determine our relationship with the most important person in the universe — God, the one who created us. In dealing with people, and in dealing with God, we find that the truth works.

Yes, indeed, the Bible tells us the truth about ourselves — that we are sinners, hopelessly lost and destined for eternal punishment. But, the Bible also tells us what to do about ourselves. The Bible tells us that there is One who can fix our problems and deal with our sin issue. This problem-fixer, this sin-solver is Jesus Christ. How does Jesus Christ fix our problems? The only way Jesus can fix our problems is if we admit the truth that we are sinners and turn over our hearts and lives to him and allow him to do in us what we cannot do in ourselves.

In Matthew 11, Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” All of the burdens and problems that weigh you down, you can hand over to Jesus Christ, by giving your life to him today. When you give your life to Christ, He moves in and transforms you into a new person — a person no longer hiding the sins of your past but living in the light of Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life.

If you want to let Jesus Christ come into your heart and begin the process of fixing what is wrong in your life, all you have to do is take the following steps:

First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Our sins are the bad or wrong things that we do. In honest repentance, agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Because of our sins, we are automatically sentenced to die and go to an awful place called hell. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death.” Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” This is what happens to those who die without giving their life to Jesus Christ while they have a chance.

Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that his perfect Son, Jesus Christ, died for our sins — taking the punishment that we deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross, we do not have to go to Hell. We can be saved from that terrible place.

Third, accept this invitation from Jesus Christ to receive salvation by trusting him by faith to be your Savior. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you trust Jesus Christ for salvation, you will be saved from sin, spiritual death, and hell. You will be guaranteed a life worth living on earth and eternal life in Heaven. If this is your heart’s desire, you can pray a short prayer to let God know about your decision:

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!