Reality, Truth and God!
We live in a world where absolutes have no meaning or substance
in people's minds. Does the word "absolute" mean
anything to you? Have you ever given any thought to what an
"absolute" is? Nowadays, people need to connect to
something greater than themselves, however, what many are
utilizing to fill this need is far from an absolute.
We are coming to a point in the world where people are
basically creating their own realities for themselves. Reality,
people believe, is what you "think" it is.
"Reality is different for different people," some
conclude. Is this true? Understanding this concept may be more
personal than you might at first believe or imagine.
From the moment we begin to think, we begin to form a
personal reality which eventually dictates how we live our lives.
It governs our successes and failures and it affects those around
us in many ways. What we have to more fully realize is just how
deceitful and misleading our personal reality really is.
If we don't, we have no chance of ever conforming to the
ultimate reality, the TRUE reality that governs all that is.
Before we launch into what this reality is, let's first
touch on what it ISN'T. Technically speaking, it ISN'T
everything else that exists in people's minds. Sound
confusing? That's why we need to understand it. Every human
being who has ever lived, lives now or ever will live, must base
their lives on a "reality" they perceive in their
minds. For instance, regardless of how we were brought up,
educated, or how our experiences affected us, we create a
"reality" that we assume is true and we live by that
The big question we need to ask is, "Is my reality the
TRUE reality?" Right now, many of you are thinking, "I
know where this is leading." Think so? Let's see.
Here's an analogy to begin with. Imagine you don't
believe in the law of gravity. You have never heard of it, or
understand what it is or how it even affects your life on a daily
basis. Because of this, you live your life as if gravity
Because you are unaware of gravity, you believe you can act a
certain way and you have no concept of any problems because of
this. You are happy in your ignorance of gravity and you happily
move ahead. Your life consists of a simple jump out of a plane
extremely high in the air, with no parachute. As part of this
analogy, your fall occurs over a lifetime. A 70 year free fall.
You are really enjoying the trip, love the sensation of flying,
the view is beautiful and you have the "proof" that
this way of life is just fine because you are still living and
This may seem like a stupid analogy but stick with me. There
is a point to all of this. If you were a betting person, would
you put your money on this person's success, or their
failure? Anyone who is aware of the law of gravity KNOWS that
this person's end will not be pleasant. We all know that if
10 of us in a room pick up a pencil and lets go of it, that it
will drop to the ground, right? Every time, every pencil. No
Reality, the ultimate reality of physical life, includes
gravity. We can't escape it. Even if someone believes with
every fiber of their being that gravity doesn't exist, or
that "their" reality is good for them and they are
satisfied in their comfort zone, THIS DOES NOT SOMEHOW CHANGE
REALITY. Regardless of what someone believes about life, the
earth, God, marriage, relationships, stealing, lying, sex, and a
million other topics that we deal with every day, reality is
It is easy to point to examples in the world where people are
obviously living according to their own created or absorbed
reality. God's truth makes that quite plain to us. We
understand that God is the "Ultimate Reality" and there
is no other. God upholds the reality we call physical existence.
He maintains the universe as we see and experience it. He upholds
the laws of causes and affects.
Hebrews 1:3 "Who (Christ) being the brightness of [His] glory and
the express image of His (God) person, and upholding all things
by the word of His power."
Beyond that, God is very involved with a plan to bring
mankind from the personal reality we exist in, to the ultimate
reality of his own creation. He has to re-create us in the image
of His son, Jesus, the Christ.
Romans 8:29 "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined
[to be] conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the
firstborn among MANY brethren."
THAT is the only reality that we can finally exist as after
it is all over with. Anything else, regardless of how tightly we
hang on to it, fight for it, argue for it, believe it, and
thought we had "proven" to our own satisfaction and
comfort, unless it IS reality, will fail in the end.
Every human being has a nature within them that is not in
tune with the ultimate reality:
Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal mind [is] enmity (hostility,
opposition, hatred) against
God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can
That means that all human minds are not capable of seeing or
understanding this ultimate reality. We are creatures with 5
physical senses. That's it. The reality most people create or
absorb is a result of the 5 basic senses, and all the personal
experiences involving these senses.
This being who claims to be God, tells us that He exists
outside the only reality we can possibly know, which, again, is
based on our 5 senses. Many of the 'New Age" religious
beliefs and practices focus on what we can achieve THROUGH the
five senses. If you take a good look at many of the world's
religions, you will see a 5-sensed basis for this belief. From
statues, candles, relics, speaking in tongues and other
"experiences," to meditation, channeling and crystals.
All of these sincerely believed "realities" ground us
to the physical world we are made of. What a wonderful way to
keep people from looking beyond self.
God exists beyond the 5 senses. He is spirit, and He tells us
plainly that we must Worship Him, "IN SPIRIT AND
John 4:23-24 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when
the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 "God [is]
Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and
This isn't a 5-sensed relationship. If that were
important to God, wouldn't He routinely use such things as
visions, obvious miracles, and other supernatural events to
convince people? Is God's real motive simply to build a
relationship with our 5 senses? We are to be "raised a
1 Corinthians 15:44 "It is sown a natural body, it is
raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a
That isn't a physical thing. It is a spiritual creation.
We are being molded and shaped by the ultimate reality, which is
God, but only IF we are willing to put our personal concepts of
reality aside and allow God to place His reality within us.
The carnal old man we have heard so much about, and which
Christ tells us plainly must die, is all we exist as in the
beginning of our contact with God. This personally created
reality cannot exist beyond the grave or these physical lives.
Our only hope of living beyond the aging of our bodies or
premature death is to have an intimate contact with this ultimate
reality, better known as Almighty God.
CONTACT WITH GOD IS NOT ENOUGH
Having contact with God is our only way to begin to be shaped by
His reality, however, this isn't enough. The Bible makes
plain that God expects us to have a hand in this process:
Philippians 2:12 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have
always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in
my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
Christ tells us to walk the straight and narrow, to endure,
to overcome, etc. One of the hardest things in life to do is to
deny the self, this personal reality we exist as. But that is
exactly what we have to do or we are fighting God and denying the
Luke 9:23 "Then He said to [them] all, If anyone desires
to come after Me, let him deny himself, (his personal
reality) and take up his cross (struggle to overcome this
reality) daily, and follow Me."
The carnal, human mind can't do anything else BUT deny
God and the ultimate reality, so what is our hope of changing?
Our ONLY hope of changing is to submit to God's work in our
lives, and to conform to His guidelines within the pages of the
Bible. We have no other choice. As we do this, as we drive
ourselves toward God, trusting His handling of our lives, THEN,
and ONLY then will God give us the power of His spirit to go
beyond the 5 physical senses. He gives understanding:
Luke 24:45 "And He opened their understanding,
that they might comprehend the Scriptures;"
Zechariah 4:6 So he answered and said to me. . .Not by might
nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of
The key, though, is that God must have our free-willed
decision in order to achieve the spiritual creation necessary for
His plan. Unless we have submitted our free wills to Him,
completely and unconditionally, we are simply living on a false
reality of our own making.
God pleads with us throughout the Bible to take the steps
necessary to make it to the end. Life is a contest between our
two natures once God places His nature within us. (Romans
7:14-25) No matter how badly we might believe something, have an opinion, a way of life, or whatever, unless it is
REAL, and comes from the true living God, we are deceiving
ourselves. That is the danger of hanging on to OUR reality so
much that we are actually resisting God's leading. We
actually believe that what we "believe" is good and
true. We justify our position, our attitude or practices, because
it is within our carnal natures to do so.
How are we dealing with our mates? Are we practicing
God's reality within our marriages, or are we practicing our
own realities? Are we maintaining our own comfort zone, even
fighting for it so much that we are willing to lose our
marriages? How are we dealing with our everyday life? Every
minute of every day, we are either practicing God's way of
life or our own. Satan, our enemy, seeks to instill our personal
realities as deeply as he can. He encourages every step toward
these realities. He knows the results. He encourages distractions
to become more important than our relationship with God. The
"cares of this world" draw us away from a regular
contact with God. Despite how much we like our job, our hobbies,
our "mission" in life, if they are taking up our time
for prayer, meditation, study, serving, then we ARE being
weighted down with the cares of this life:
Luke 8:14 "Now the ones [that] fell among thorns are
those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with
cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to
Luke 21:34 "But take heed to yourselves, lest your
hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of
this life, and that day come on you unexpectedly."
We will naturally justify everything we do. We HAVE to in
order to make it fit our personal reality. Here's the bottom
line. Unless we take every day to connect to God, and with every
fiber of our being...
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find
[Me,] when you search for Me with all your heart.
... ask God for
the correction we need and be sincerely meaning it, we will not
grow. Period. God knows our hearts. He knows if we really want to
change. He knows our deepest, darkest thoughts and attitudes...
Job 42:2 "I know that You can do everything, And that no
thought can be withheld from You."
... We can't fool Him.
Coming to Him in prayer while we struggle to maintain our
position doesn't work. We need to ask ourselves this:
"Am I truly willing to be corrected, even if it means I have
to change my reality? Am I willing to go to God, ask for help in
changing AND be willing to accept His shaping of my reality, even
to the point of discomfort?"
You see, nothing else matters except the truth...
2 Corinthians 13:8 "For we can do nothing against the truth,
but for the truth."
Unless we are conforming to the
ultimate reality, we can't possibly make it into God's
kingdom and existence. No matter how pleasant our realities may
be, or how difficult it becomes to go through the process, we
absolutely must trust God through it all, and "just do
it." We have nothing to gain by hanging on to our petty
little opinions, ideas, positions and attitudes. If they are
wrong, what good is it? Shouldn't we be desperately seeking
God's truth in every aspect of our lives? Will we gain
anything from resisting God? Isn't the end worth any amount
of suffering we may go through:?
Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which
shall be revealed in us."
Of course it isn't easy. Christ told us it wouldn't
be. He understood the human realities very well. He had to deal
with His human reality that was trying to get Him to depart from
the ultimate reality.
Hebrews 4:15 "For we do not have a High Priest who
cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points]
tempted as [we are, yet] without sin."
He led the way and is available for us today. His reality can
be in us and leading us if we allow it.
John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has
come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on
His own [authority,] but whatever He hears He will speak; and He
will tell you things to come."
It is an amazing thing how powerful our free will really is.
It is so powerful that it can resist Almighty God Himself and
persist in the way of death. That is scary and should be sobering
to all of us. Being deceived is a blind "experience."
We don't know that it is a truth in our lives. The only way
we can is to go to God, practice His reality and to never give up
in striving against sin, the self or Satan's lies and stirrings of our
personal reality. God will then be able to reach the ultimate
part of our existence. When He has contact with our deepest
reality, and we let Him in, only THEN can He build the eternal
spiritual existence we must become to live forever.
Don't be deceived by your personal reality. If it
doesn't support God's word and way of life, then you are
living a lie and doing damage to yourself and those around you.
Do it too long, without the right heart before God, and you may
have to be corrected in very unpleasant ways. God has no other
choice. Remember, some of God's own people, His children,
WILL be in the Tribulation.
Revelation 3:18-19 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold
refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments,
that you may be clothed, [that] the shame of your nakedness may
not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you
may see. 19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.
Therefore be zealous and repent."
It doesn't have to be YOU. You have the choice to simply
respond to God"s word. Christ stands at the door, and he
Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to
him and dine with him, and he with Me."
That means there is a very real "something" that
occurs at a level of actual perception. That something may be
short lived, because, as Christ tells us, "Many are called,
but few are chosen."
Young people need to think about this, not just adults. God
can work with people at many different ages. If we hear the
"knock," experience that "something" that
catches our eye or ear regarding the things of God, and we ignore
it or avoid it, we could be actually turning our backs on an
incredible opportunity to understand the ultimate reality, and to
connect to "it" for eternity. What is your choice?
If we go to God, and sincerely ask for the help and direction
we need, and are willing to step out and act against our own
personal realities, THEN we can achieve the impossible.
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