I’m talking episode 271 for June 25th, 2023.
This is Joel from the I’m talking microcast, where I share my thoughts on a topic that has piqued my interest this past week.
This week we’re talking real.
Real is not a complicated word, or at least one wouldn’t think so.
For years, people knew what was real and what was not real, or maybe we would call it fake.
But today it’s a very hard thing to determine and to try to discover what is real and what is not.
We have so much fake news, so much access to information that may or may not be true or may or may not be real.
In this case, we have artificial intelligence, which is a misnomer in itself.
That’s not even real because there is no intelligence.
It’s just massive information that is poured through so quickly by the power of computers that it makes it feel real.
And then there are so many people who have used artificial intelligence and there are so many people who have chosen to go their own way.
This is my reality.
I never heard that growing up.
I never heard those types of words.
It was, this is real and this is not.
It’s like, I never heard my parents ever say, well, this is my real or my brothers.
This is new.
This is last, what, 10, maybe 15 years type of stuff, and it is confusing.
And therein lies the challenge for those of us who call ourselves Christians.
As Christians, we have to decide what is real.
We call on the name of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
We know what is real has to be based in Him.
Jesus Christ is real.
He’s a real person.
It’s just not a story that was written down so that people have a good moral compass.
It’s not a story that someone thought up that could help the world be a better place.
Jesus Christ is real.
And He is the basis of what we as Christians believe to be real and true.
And His word in the Bible is real.
These are things that are, I think I could stop there.
These are things that are, and we must stand on that.
Years ago, I heard a saying that said, God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
And so often that sounds so good, but in reality, there we go again, the word real, if God said it, that settles it.
There is no other.
It doesn’t matter what people think.
It doesn’t matter what people believe.
What matters is what God says.
God is real, and He is the basis of all that is real.
I often quote scripture, but this time I’m giving you reference so you can go back and look, and I’m not going to read the whole thing, but I want to read parts of it.
In Romans 8, 35-39, Paul says, I’m sorry, I’m turning to it.
Okay, Romans 8, 35-39, Paul says, Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Well, tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword.
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created things will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now that is real, and only when we stand on that reality can we live sold out for God’s glory.
Until next week, this is Joel from the I’m Talking Microcast.