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How to Build Truth Into Our Lives

By Dr. Charles Stanley

James 1:23-25

As a teenager and a new believer, I would pull out my mother’s worn Bible when I needed God’s opinion on a matter. In the back were words written in bold type with verses beneath (I didn’t know then that this was called a concordance). I’d look up a subject, write down the Scripture references listed, and then read them to get my answers. This simple activity was how I began to build truth into my life.

Believers who have decided to make God’s truth the foundation of their life need a place to start building. First, identify a point of need—some area that requires attention, like financial stewardship. Then search the Bible’s concordance for verses related to that topic. The passages on the subject will form a blueprint of what a believer’s life should look like.

The Holy Spirit provides the construction material. Using His guidance, strength, and wisdom, install new truths in your life by practicing what you read. Let’s again look at examples from the topic of stewardship: Matthew 6:24 teaches that we can’t serve both God and money, so attitudes must change. And since a borrower is the lender’s servant, spending on credit should be carefully evaluated (Proverbs 22:7). That’s how new ways of thinking will replace faulty ideas. 

It is a good idea to note—literally—the results of our obedience to God’s instructions. Journaling about His provision and the growth of our faith will inspire us to continue adding to our foundation of truth. That means choosing new areas to remodel according to God’s blueprint.

Excerpt from In Touch magazine. Subscribe to In Touch magazine free here.


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  • October 23, 2012 10:51 AM


    This is exactly how I building truth in my life although I did not see at that way until this article. I wanted to know how to correctly lead my life from God's point of view and was not getting much out of my Bible until one day browsing in a Christian Book store in South Africa I saw this 'LIFE PRINCIPLES BIBLE ' by Dr Charles Stanley which was on special. The best deal in my life. I started with the First Principle and it takes through areas of the Bible I have not visited before. Some of the verses became a part of 'my soul' as the Dr would say. Most of God's Promises are also listed under a particular sublect. I have since learnt to put my faith and trust in these promises and am now 'walking on water' as I go through the different storms which come my way as I have learnt to put the promise before the problem. I pray that God would bless me financially that I can give one of these Bibles to those prisoners behind bars and those on the outside to set them free from any bondage. Love Sean
  • October 10, 2012 12:19 PM


    I have heard this verse preached so many times, but not until this Devotion have I truly understood how to build truth in my life. This totally helps me to focus on situations that do and will arise in my life until my last day. Praise God and thank you Dr. Stanley. God bless and keep you; God make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, L. Bynum
  • October 02, 2012 01:12 PM


    Excellant message. Thank you Dr. Stanley... I will share this with my family.
  • October 02, 2012 01:00 PM


    Thanks so much pastor,this scripture is so helpful to me,it has made my day
  • October 01, 2012 07:31 PM


    Dr. Stanley, I watched this sermon on yesterday and what a BLESSING. I even taped it so I can watch if over and over again. I stayed home yesterday from church, I believe God wanted me to experience the TRUTH in my life. So many of your points reflected where I am at this stage of my life. I truly THANK YOU for this sermon and have suggested to my friends they try and find it. In fact I found the link and forwarded it to them. Thank You again and may God continue to Bless and keep you.
  • October 01, 2012 06:27 PM


    All the advice and knowledge that I have received and learned has all helped me out tremendously in my walk towards God, and in God!
  • October 01, 2012 06:19 AM


    Thank you all for all your work. Robert Neal
  • September 30, 2012 10:08 PM


    Thank you for this powerful message about Building Truth Into Your Life
  • September 30, 2012 01:52 PM


    Im truly thankful for Dr Stanleys teaching. It always speaks to me. There was a part of my life that didnt glorify God. It was my finances. And the Lord blessed me and has helped me in that area. So thankful.
  • September 30, 2012 08:58 AM


    Thank you so much!!!!!
  • September 28, 2012 12:18 PM


    the truth will set you free.

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