James 1:18 says, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth…” The Amplified says, “…He gave us birth (as sons) by (His) Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures (a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself).”
Consecrated is another word for sanctified. It means to be set apart. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus is Truth. He came to die for us, that we might walk in His truth, and proclaim it through our lives. John 8:31 was the criteria for a disciple. It says, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”
His next statement was referring to the truth that becomes our experience. It is the truth that we live in and display through our actions. Verse 32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The word ‘know’ is the recognition of truth by personal experience. I love Ephesians 3:19 in the Amplified. It says, “(That you may really come) to know (practically, through experience for yourselves) the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience)…”
Picture the rest of the verse through your own relationship with the Lord. “…that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God (may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself)!”
Paul gave their credentials as ministers. 2 Corinthians 6:7 Amplified says, “By (speaking) the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand (to attack) and for the left hand (to defend).”
I want to highlight one weapon of righteousness. We are the children of God’s will. That is a weapon you can use when negative thoughts against yourself, others, or your circumstances bombard your mind.
John 1:12-13 says that as many as receive Jesus as their Savior, “…He gave the right to become children of God…who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Before God formed us in our mother’s womb, Jeremiah 1:5 says that He knew us. His will for our entire life was stamped into our seed of conception. Everything that He allows is His will.
If we deflect the trial through our resistant thoughts, then we are resisting God’s will. To deflect means to refuse to acknowledge. Romans 14:23 says, “…whatever is not from faith is sin.” This is in the context of eating something that might offend another. We can personally apply it to our trials. We embrace them by faith, knowing they are God’s will, and accepting them as His instrument for our good.