When the Truth is proclaimed, we must be open to hearing it, embracing it and acting upon it. In this impactful conclusion to his series about God’s Truth, Dr. Tony Evans preaches about getting truth to work in your life.

today we’re living in a world of

confusion chaos and lies

we don’t know what the truth is

what’s up is down what’s down is up

what’s right has become wrong what’s

wrong is deemed is right

and people need a sure place to go to

learn the truth

god has given us a location for the


and that is his inherent

perfect word

that’s why we need to return the truth

which means we need to return to the

bible the death of truth has led

to a breakdown in the cultural immune

system they hated jesus because he was

of the truth if they are not taking me

seriously that’s because they don’t take

truth seriously we must adjust and be

people of the truth the whole truth

nothing but the truth so




god is the only absolute source you can

give an absolute standard

about all subjects amen

therefore the starting place to know


is what god has revealed

it is the revelation of god

we all know what it is to have

abandoned truth

believed a lie and paid the consequences

for it

we’re watching a world do that before

our very eyes

the truth

as revealed by god

in order for it to benefit us

must be received

and that’s why first thessalonians


2 verse 13 reads

for this reason

we also constantly thank god

that when you received the word of god

which you heard from us

you accepted it not as the word of men

but for what it

really or truly is

the word of god

which also performs its work in you who


in order for the word of truth to work

it must



in order for

the truth

to do what the truth has been designed

and revealed to accomplish

it must be received if you don’t receive

it it doesn’t change it from being the

truth it changes it from benefiting you

as the truth

he says three things in this verse

regarding receiving the truth

the first of all you’ve got to hear what

the truth is

he says in verse 13

you receive the word which you heard

from us

you’ve got to receive the word

you’ve got to know what it is that you

should be believing

paul told timothy

in 2nd timothy chapter


he says i solemnly charge you in the

presence of god and christ jesus

who is to judge the living and the dead

and by the appearing

of his kingdom preach the word be ready

in season and out of season reprove

rebuke exhort with great patience and


for the time will come when they will

not endure sound doctrine

but wanting to have their ears tickled

they will accumulate for themselves

teachers in accordance with their own


and will turn away their ears from the


and will turn aside to myths

we’re living in a day when people have

turned aside to miss

good sounding popular


because they

have abandoned the truth

and one of the reasons

is that the truth is not being clearly


he says

paul to timothy

you are to preach he says

the word

that is the scriptures

so that people get the truth

he says because there’s coming a time

when people will want their ears tickled

they’ll want their ears scratched

they won’t want the truth

they’ll just want to be placated

they will want to be

made to feel good they will want

doughnut sermons

he says rebuke and reprove


we live in a day when

instead of the word being preached

culture is being preached

race is being preached politics is being


theories are being preached

rather than what god says

being preached because

nobody wants to be offended

well if you’re believing a lie the truth

will offend you

it’s going to offend you not because

we’re trying to be offensive

but because that’s what truth does when

you’re believing a lie we’re living in a

day when

people can’t receive the truth because

in many places they’re not getting the


and when i say truth i’m not talking

about what a person says i’m talking

about what god’s word says he says

preach the word

he says be in season

and out of season the greek word for

season means convenient

preach the truth

when they clap

and preach the truth when they boo

but paul says preach the word when it’s

convenient when it’s not convenient

ezekiel 2 7

god says speak my word to this

rebellious house whether they like it or


jeremiah chapter 5 verse 30 and 31 says

a horrible thing has happened

to my people and that is false prophets

have taken the pulpit

many people are not able to receive the

truth because they’re not being given

the truth and you measure the truth by

the word not by the style

not by the personality not by the

popularity not by the notoriety but by

its bibliocentricity

whether it is consistent with the

revealed will and revelation of god

why should the word trump everything


well hebrews chapter 4 verses 12 and 13

tell you for the word of god is living

and active and sharper than any

two-edged sword piercing as far as the

division of soul and spirit of joint and

marrow and is able to judge the thoughts

and intents of the heart and there is no

creature hidden from his sight and all

things are open and laid bare

to the eyes of him

with whom we have to do

he says the reason why you want to go to

the word is because it’s alive

it’s not a dead book

it’s a living document because it’s

backed up by a living person in verse 12

he talked about the word of god and then

in verse 13 he says and his eyes are


because the word of god is alive it’s

backed up

by the person of god

the word active has to do with the word

we get our english word energized from

it is it has a battery in it it’s alive

he says it’s a two-edged sword it’s not


it’s not blunt it

it cuts on both sides it can cut in time

and cut for eternity

it cuts on both sides it

it it’s not blunted it’s able to to

penetrate to the deepest level of life

it saves and condemns

he says it’s alive

but when you leave the truth and

therefore you leave the word you don’t

experience its life it’s a book

that doesn’t do anything for you

notice what he says he says that the

word of god

he says is able to penetrate


into the division of the soul and the


now that’s called deep stuff

this is the physical the soul and spirit

is the immaterial

he says this thing cuts so deep when

it’s allowed to be received

that it can separate

what is the inseparable

the soul and the spirit you don’t even

know how to divide something like that

he can tell you what’s you versus what’s


so you spirit god and you don’t know

which one is god which one is you he

said if you get enough word it’ll slice


it’ll get so deep

and we live in a culture today that has

as we have said throughout our series

abandoned truth

and it’s all over the place

truth about life truth about death truth

about marriage truth about singlehood

truth about identity

truth about government truth about race

truth about class truth about culture

you know you name the subject and the


is everywhere

and the tragedy is

christians who have itching ears too

they want to hear the latest and the


unfortunately we’re sending a generation

of kids to college how to find out how

to be more ignorant

because of the abandonment of truth

he says that the thing that should mark

the church of the living god is the

proclamation of


so that the word can do its work because

the word won’t do its work if you’re not

dealing with truth

but let’s say

you are exposed to truth as we all

should be

based on

the word of god

he says then in

first thessalonians 2

you received the truth

so the truth that is proclaimed

must be received

for it to work

again if you don’t receive it it’s still

the truth it just won’t do its work for


to receive the truth is to embrace it

that’s why the bible says in colossians

3 16 let the word of christ dwell in you


it means it must be embraced


held on to


so that raised the question does

it how do you embrace truth

how do you embrace truth

james helps us with that

let’s walk through this

for a moment

james chapter one

beginning with verse


this you know my brother and my beloved

brethren so he’s talking to christians

but everyone must be quick to hear slow

to speak and slow to anger for the anger

of man does not achieve the

righteousness of god therefore putting

aside all filthiness and all the remains

of wickedness in humility receive the

word implanted which is able to save



now these are already christians so he’s

not talking about getting saved to go to


he’s talking about having your life

transformed on earth

so he’s talking about spiritual


he says

i want you to receive verse 21.

he says receive the word implanted

so if you really want to see truth if

you really want to receive it

that means to welcome it

embrace it

he then says put aside all filthiness

and all the remains of wickedness

he says receive the word

which is able to change you to save your


when you bring

human follow me here human wisdom

into the equation

you block the flow of truth

a blocker to the truth

that keeps the truth from delivering you

from whatever it is that you need to be

delivered from

or anybody else you know because you’ve

introduced a foreign subject and that’s

man’s view that’s why first

thessalonians 2 13 says you did not

receive this as the word of men you

received this as the word

of god

you will never be full if all you do is

chew and don’t swallow

it may taste good but you’ll never get

great benefit

you got to swallow

the word must be received

and how do you help it to be received he

says in verse 22 but prove yourselves to

be doers of the word and not merely

hearers who delude themselves you’re

going to trick yourself if all you’re

doing is hearing it and saying amen for

if anyone is a hearer of the word and

not a doer he is like a man who looks at

his natural face in the mirror but once

he has looked at himself and gone away

he has immediately forgotten the kind of

person he was

he says if all you do is hear it

and don’t take a step to act on it which

proves that you’ve embraced it your

action proves the embrace

in verse 25 but one who looks intently

oh staring at it looks intently at the

perfect law

the law of liberty the law that frees

you up

and abides in it that means you hang out

with it

the truth not having a become a

forgetful hero leaving the sermon in the

pew when the service is over but an

effectual doer because that means you’ve

really received it this man will be

blessed in what he does

god is after spiritual transformation

but you must hear the word

read it

hear it proclaimed in whatever ways that


you must then receive it

and then finally

because he says at the end of first

thessalonians 2 13




the work

for you who believe

it performs

it works

it achieves

it accomplishes

it’s not a waste of time

it accomplishes

the work

when you take hold of the word the word

takes hold of you

when you take hold of the word the

word says what goes around comes around


you begin to change

your thinking

your perspective

oh it doesn’t mean you’re perfect it

doesn’t mean you don’t have struggles

but you see changes

you don’t react at the same level that

you used to react

you aren’t defeated at the same level

you used to be defeated

because something

is changing

because the word has been freed to take


to lodge itself in your soul

through your spirit

so let’s culminate this

performance of the word

by calling your attention

to a psalm

psalm 19

is a psalm that describes

the revelation

of god god revealing himself

he says god reveals himself in two ways

in the world and in the word

verse one the heavens are telling the

glory of god

and the expanse is declaring the works

of his hands

he says

nature preaches a sermon

and a creation needs a creator

it’s just the way it’s obvious

and so he spends the first six verses

talking about the fact verse three there

is no speech

nature doesn’t talk

nor their words their voice is not heard

but the information has gone out it’s


in creation the reality of almighty god

then he comes to verse seven

and he wants to conclude by telling you

about the word

first the world

then the word

he says first

the law of the lord is perfect and then

he gives you the benefit


the soul

the law the law is god’s rule of life

can restore your inners

it can turn you inside out

it can give you back the life you

thought you lost

next the testimony of the lord is sure


wise the simple

you can count on it sure

to help you to make the right decision


wisdom is the ability to make good

decisions in life based on god’s truth

it is the skill of righteous living it

is the skill of living life as it was

meant to be lived and look at how many

bad decisions all of us have made

he says but the word

is sure

now you can bank on it

it’ll give you right decision making

next the precepts of the lord

are right

the precepts are the doctrines the


rejoicing the hearts

you’re lacking joy

he says when you learn sound doctrine

biblical truth and that becomes your

modus operandi

it will give you joy now why does he

tell you it will give you joy because

joy gives you inner confirmation that

you made the right decision

next the commandment of the lord is pure

enlightening the eyes

that is helping you to see clearly it

says the word will help you to see

enlightening you’re going to see oh

you’ll see behind the obvious the

curtain will be pulled back and you’ll

be able to see reality based on the word

the fear of the lord is clean

he says

enduring forever it will bring you fear

of the lord taking god seriously it will


it well you know

it endures in other words it doesn’t

change with time the judgments

he says of the lord are true

they are righteous


together they are the divine verdict


it keeps you from wandering off

it keeps you from going left or shows

you the road back if you’ve gone left

because you don’t know which way

to take to get back to where you need to


oh and by the way

he says they are more desirable than

gold yes than fine gold the word of god

is more important than a cheque

the word of god is more important than

your salary the word of god is more

important than your bank account

word of god is more important than your


not because those things are not

important and don’t have their place

but you show me a person

whose bible is falling apart i’ll show

you a person whose life is not falling


because they’ve received the truth

if there is a radical return

to truth

then what the machine

of transformation is designed to produce

it will produce

because all scripture is inspired of god

is profitable for doctrine reproof

correction instruction and righteousness

that the man of god may be thoroughly


completely equipped

to live life

if you want to take your


to the next level

prego spaghetti sauce has offered to

assist you

prego spaghetti sauce says they will

take your


to the next level

they say if you pour prego spaghetti

sauce over

your spaghetti

you’re going to enter into a new level

of dining

well what if i want tomatoes

well prego is going to tell you it’s

already in there

well what if i want to put some garlic

over it well prego is going to tell you

it’s already there

what if i want some onions well prego is

going to tell you

it’s already it’s already in there

what about some spices

so you read the jar it’s it’s not really


suppose i want some mushrooms fresco

gonna tell you

it’s already in there

what prego is telling you is

if you have prego

you don’t need to go and shop for all

this other stuff because all you need to

go to the next level is already in there

if you want to learn how to be a man

it’s already in here

if you want to learn how to be the right

kind of woman it’s already in here

if you want to learn how to stay married

it’s already in here

if you want to learn how to be a

victorious single it’s already in here

if you want to learn how to handle your

finances right

it’s already in here

if you want to know how to have peace

the past is understanding it’s already

in here if you all want to know how to

live life right it’s already in here if

you want to know how to overcome

addictions it’s already in here

if you want to know how to get past the

fear of death it’s already in here

if you want to know how to heal racial

division it’s already in here

if the government only wanted to know

how to run a country it’s already in


so if you have this

you don’t have to go all over the place

to get life right

because guess what

this book knows how to take everything

to the next level for those who are

committed to returning to truth



in order for god’s word to work in our

lives it must be activated by obedience

god’s word is true whether we obey it or


but it doesn’t become our experience

until we walk in that truth

until we act on that truth until we live

out that truth then it becomes true for


go to god’s word and find the truth

do what it says do so that you can

experience the truth

which means you will not be living a

life of falsity but you will be living

out the truth as your experience so that

others can see it as you benefit from