I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 90
This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Truthfulness, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Truth leads us in the right way—Psalm 43:3 says, “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me”.
Truth equips us to worship God—John 4:23–24 says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.
Truth cleanses us of iniquity—Proverbs 16:6 says, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil”. Lust and addictions hold many in bondage. This bondage comes from a spirit of uncleanness.
The first step of purging is crying out to God for mercy. Psalm 50:15 says, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”. The second step is to confess and repent. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. The third step is to fill our hearts with God’s truth and meditate on it day and night. Psalm 119:9–11 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word …. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.
We may also need to acknowledge the iniquities of our forefathers (see Daniel 9:16), regain surrendered ground (see Ephesians 4:27), and engage in serious fasting and prayer (see Isaiah 58:6).
Truth preserves leaders—Proverbs 20:28 says, “Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy”. It is significant that the throne is not established by truth and justice but by truth and mercy. When people violate truth, it is natural to be harsh, but loyalty is built when a leader teaches truth and demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, we are instructed to speak the truth in love.
Personal Evaluation: How Truthful Are You?
Do you ask others to point out faults of which you may be unaware?
Do you confront your faults with Scripture?
Do you believe that you have no serious faults and think you are better than you are?
Do you exaggerate your achievements to others?
Do you lie or tell only part of the truth to escape the consequences of your actions?
Do you flatter people to gain their approval?
Do you misrepresent the Lord with inconsistent or negative attitudes?
Do you give damaging reports of others to make yourself look good?
Do you guard against false teachings by confirming everything you hear with the truth of Scripture?
Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.