Attaining truth means that we process it and make it our own. It is the truth that we bring into our heart. It becomes so deeply rooted that it affects every aspect of our lives. Faith is the key ingredient. Listen to what Paul wrote about Israel. Romans 9:31-32 says, “…has not attained the law of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith…”
Hebrews 4:2 says, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” This is so true. Truth can be spoken, but until we mix what we heard with faith, it will not seed into our heart.
Colossians 2:2 says, “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.” Verse 7-8 says, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
The process of laying hold of truth is the first step in our attainment. Paul’s words remind us that we will never achieve an end of gathering truth and making it our own. Philippians 3:12 says, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
I have to go to Romans 11:33 as a reminder that God’s ways are unfathomable. It says, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” We press on, breaking through the things of our past that would hold us back.
Philippians 3:13 says, “…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” On November 9, 2018 the Lord spoke these words into my heart. The forgetting is the empowerment to reach. Forgetting and reaching are words of fluid motion. Think of a trapeze artist. They have to let go of the first bar in order to reach and grasp the one coming toward them.
Proverbs 1:5 Amplified says, “The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to wise counsel (so that he may be able to steer his course rightly).” We attain truth that will set us free from what hinders our walk with the Lord. We bring that truth into our heart. We possess it and make it our own. We think about it, speak it through words of faith affirmations, and we live it out in a visual testimony to others.