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Walk of Repentance Week 11 Lesson Speaking truth January 23, 2012

Tonight’s lesson is indeed timely, and quite applicable to the signs of our times. It would appear that truth is closely associated with circumstance. As a matter of fact, not many would seriously consider a person who said: “I am a man who speaks truth”. Such a statement would be considered a one way ticket to a mental institution for impersonating a god or something! Why is it that if we were to say “I speak truth”, the hearer would, most likely, respond with laughter, sarcasm, or at best cynicism? Would our wives respond to us with a giggle, wiggle or sigh? Would our employer or employee nod in acknowledge that you (or I) were men of integrity if they are asked about our “speaking truth” in the workplace. Ironically, most of you would be outraged (and rightly so) with your pastor if he spoke anything but the truth, yet expectations may not be that stringent when evaluating our personal behavior in the area of speaking truth. As a matter of fact, the world expects anyone naming the name of Jesus to speak the truth. Guest what? God demands truth to be spoken by a Child of the King!! Why, I myself can recall by number one problem with Christians , before I was saved, was “they are hypocrites”! I considered Christians to be liars and not speaking the truth, because they talked so favorably about their “relationship with God” and the fact that “they we forgiven” even if they didn’t tell the truth all the time. In our lesson tonight, we will spend time looking at detractors of speaking truth such as delusions, deceitfulness, gossip, and speaking flattery words. It may be safe to say our speaking is an outward manifestation of our inner convictions and commitment. In mulling the phrase “speaking truth”; I came up with this statement: “Truth not experienced is truth not expected. Truth not expected is truth not expressed”. Truth not expressed is truth not experienced. (you can’t express what you have not experience therefore you do not expect truth). When I tried this out on my wife awesome brain; she rolled it around for several minutes and then said “180 DVD”! Take the film 180 by Ray Comfort. They didn’t speak truth ( Proverbs 31:8 we need to protect the innocent babies in the womb) without experience. Ray gave them experience (the holocaust) then they were able to express truth. We should not only believe in truth (God’s truth), we should make it a practice to experience the truth that we speak!! Not only hearers of the Word of Truth, but doers of the Word of Truth! Men who are challenge to stand, live and speak…TRUTH!! Abiding in Him and

He in us will make an awesome cup of truth fruit that our wives, family, friends, and coworkers will feast upon time and time again! No big fat liar calories in our fruit cup!! So, as we begin tonight, I’d like to start with definitions. The word “trust” and the word “truth” are worthy of differentiation. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary gives the following definitions: Trust: 1. Confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. (Webster’s 1828 dictionary) He that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Prov.29. Truth: 1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies. (Webster’s 1828 dictionary). My mouth shall speak truth. Prov.8. Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John. 17. 4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth It is this “man of truth” that I’d like to discuss tonight. Men of God here are Calvary CCH should display a habitual disposition to speak the truth!!

Prov 8:3-8 3 She [wisdom] cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: 4 "To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. 5 O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; 7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. NKJV

Words like “excellent things”, “right things”, “truth or true”, “righteous”, “nothing crooked” are expressed in verses 6 and 7. In the bible “truth” is mentioned 223 times and trust is mentioned 123 times. Tonight, let’s park on this statement: “Men of God are Tried (experienced) and True (speak truth). Now this statement is in stark contrast to the Lord God’s assessment of King Nebe in Daniel 5: Mene – Mene – Tekel – Upharsin/Parsin God has numbered your days and brought them to an end. You have been weighed on a scale and been found wanting. Your Kingdom will be divided between the Medes and Persians”. Numbers 32: 23 “you may be sure that your sin will find you out”; reminds me that God keeps tally on my “truth telling” and “truth speaking”. Our passage tonight is: Rom 5:3-5 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. NKJV

If you’ve been around me for any length of time, you will hear me say in reference to Gal 6:7-8 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. NKJV To this verse I am reminded of a saying that I read in a book: “Sow a thought, reap and act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit and reap a character”. The Character is what defines that “man of truth” described by Webster in his definition of truth. Our outline then would be 3 points 1. Men of God are tried and true as their tribulations are manifested. 2. Men of God are tried and true as their perseverance is tested. 3. Men of God are tried and true as their character is developed.

1. Men of God are tried and true as their tribulations are manifested. A. We understand that our words matter in the midst of tribulations. James 5:12 (also Matt. 5:37) “must not make up excuses for not following through on our promises” 12 But above all, my brethren, 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.* NKJV Job 2:9-10 “let not our trial cause us to say something stupid or that we will regret saying because we were caught up in the trial” 9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!" But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. NKJV B. We understand that our actions matter in the midst of tribulations.
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James 4:7 “we must be men who resist (by saying as Jesus said “get the behind me”) the enemy in the midst of trials!” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. NKJV 1 Peter 5:8-9 “be on guard especially in the midst of trial, don’t allow yourself flee from God but rather run to God and His Word”!! 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because* your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. NKJV C. We understand that our thoughts matter in the midst of tribulations. Phil 4:8 “Keep our minds on the things of God, so that the things of God flow from our mouths in the midst of trials”!! 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. NKJV Rom 12:2 “Truth was defined by conformity to fact. We should conform our minds to the things of God not of this world, when we are in the midst of trials knowing that our ability to overcome the trials are grounded in the Word of Truth”!!

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV

2. Men of God are tried and true as their perseverance is tested. A. We understand that our vows matter in the course of enduring. Eccl 5:1-7 “We should be men of God who take vows seriously. Judges 11:34-40 “Vows were completely voluntary, but the Lord expected the people to fulfill them” (Eccl 5:1-6). (from The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament © 2001-2004 by
Warren W. Wiersbe. All rights reserved.)

5 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather
than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool's voice is known by his many words. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed — 5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse* and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God. NKJV B. We understand that our promises matter in the course of enduring. Ps 50:14 “We should be men of God who keep our promises to God…because He keeps his promises to us. We must be men who make idle promises to God”!! 14 Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. NKJV C. We understand that our trails or testing matter in the course of enduring. 1 Peter 1:6-9 We must be men of God who understand that all trails have a purpose and that purpose is to make our faith become genuine because it is being tested for the Glory of God”!!
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In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen* you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. NKJV 3. Men of God are tried and true as their character is developed. The Greek word for character is “dókimos”. It denotes “tested”, “tried and true”, considered an intermediate step in development, reliable, trustworthy, having stood the test. Character is found 3 times in the Bible ( One commentator put it this way: CHARACTER "genuine," and thus connotes successful endurance of testing. I
(from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, revised edition, Copyright © 1979 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)

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A. We understand that our habit of reliability matters in defining our character.

“We rely on the promise of a man who is known to be upright; we rely on the veracity or fidelity of a tried friend; a prince relies on the affections of his subjects for support, and on the strength of his army for success in war; above all things, we rely on the mercy and promises of God”. Noah Webster
Judg 11:36-37 “O, that we would be men of God who, like Jephthah, would be reliable to the point of pain. When we say or promise to do something, then we do it for the Glory of God even when we have every reason to renege on our promise”. 36 So she said to him, "My father, if you have given your word to the LORD , do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon." 37 Then she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I." NKJV

B. We understand that our habit of trustworthiness matters in defining our character. Ex 18:21-22 “we must live in such a way, that our testimony by others distinguish us reputation (what others see on the outside) verses character (what defines us on the inside). God makes us selectable”!! 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 2NKJV

Ps 111:7 “Men of God who’s character are the direct results of God’s faithfulness, justice and laws. Proverbs 9:10 we have not wondered or strays from His commands or precepts”!! 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. NIV C. We understand that our habit of patience matters in defining our character. Luke 8:15 “Good character is seen when our hide God’s word in our heart, and bear fruit with patience” 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. NKJV Titus 2:1-2 “Men of God understand that our patience will be the mark of a servantleader, who listens to the Word of truth”.

2 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the
older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; NKJV 4. Application: It is indeed the character of a godly man that allows him to speak truth in every opportunity that God allows him to speak. For I am convinced that Matt. 10:19 is applicable to us today: Matt 10:19-20 19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. NKJV We would do well to remember that when the Holy Spirit speaks through us: John 14:15-18 "If you love Me, keep* My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. NKJV When we allow the Holy Spirit to go before us, we will (1) speak the truth from experience, (2) others will expect the truth because of our “habitual disposition of speaking the truth and (3) truth will be expressed because “God’s wisdom will be spoken trough the tried and true Man of God by the Holy Spirit speaking through him!!

We’ve discuss the primary usage of “character” in Romans 5. Let me close with the only other passage in which this word appears. Paul uses this word as a character reference to the members of the church of Philippi. Paul is about to send Timothy (that Man of God – 1 Tim. 6:11) as his representative or armorbearer. What an awesome reference he gives: Phil 2:19-24 19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. NKJV May this church body know of your “proven character” because you have: 2 Tim 2:15-19 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
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And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. KJV
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