How Can I Know Truth? If God Lives? [Video & Transcript]
Ever wonder if God really lives? If truth exists? How you can know? What if you learned you could take now 3 concrete steps towards learning for yourself if there is a God and if Jesus is really His Son? Would you be interested? If so, you’ll want to stay tuned in for this 5-minute video cast of I Believe: Expressions of Faith, hosted by Karen Trifiletti. Feel free to comment or send us a question on Twitter or Facebook. And now, for “How Can I Know Truth?” here’s Karen.
Partial Transcript of “How Can I Know Truth? If God Lives?”
And truth exists.
And we are not just “drops in an ocean or dust in the wind.”
I don’t know precisely where you are in your spiritual journey so share that with me.
Who knows but that the Lord is inviting you through this very short clip to “come and see”–to find Him and to find out for yourself that He lives.
Before I share HOW you can find it for yourself, I offer my witness that God wants to be found, that as the Word says:
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11: 6). You can cash in on that promise which means when we are ready to take off layers of unbelief; belief is there for the asking and seeking.
Think about that! God is assisting you not abandoning you. He never has, though our unbelief masks His care and love and makes it invisible to our spiritual sensitivities and receptors and so our spiritual eyes remained closed. But it is no less real.
I think of it this way, as if you’re looking at a hologram. You’ve seen those. You pick it up for the first time and, if you’re like me, you only see a 2-dimensional image, but when you pay a bit more of a price of focus and seeking, and exercise your faith a bit further, something more opens to your view and you engage more fully in what was there all along but that you now see. That’s what happens on a spiritual level when you begin to exercise faith and see spiritually–a whole new world and view opens us, just as real, in fact, more real, as the temporal world.
OKAY, so now HOW–how can you know truth, how can you know if God lives for yourself?
Let’s say you have some hope, some desire to know it–and that that’s why you are listening today.
So if you take and exercise THAT TINIEST DESIRE, mustard seed size or grape size, or quark size, don’t leave it idle! EXERCISE JUST THAT DESIRE TO KNOW, let that be your impetus for coming to know Him
Think of what you’d do if you wanted to learn to PLAY AN INSTRUMENT or develop a new skill. You would search out knowledge about that instrument, act on it, try a few notes, keep going until your knowledge was more complete, RIGHT?
So likewise you take that desire to the INSTRUMENT God designed for you to know Him–the COMPOSITION OF HIS WORD OR SCRIPTURES, the scripture– aimed to share truth about life, and God, and His plan for you. This is WHERE HE OUTLINES HIS PLAN–where He tells you he knew you before you were born, tells of His goals for you, to have exceedingly abundantly more than you can ask or imagine, and where He talks of healing and hope through Jesus sacrifice for your sins and pains, and a glorious future through His resurrection and eternal life with Him and those you love. GO TO IT, LEARN THE SPIRITUAL SCORE. Hear His voice.
Once again, come to His word where He reveals Himself, and look at His promises and reflect on them and nurture that desire and see how it grows, like a seed that is nurtured.
(And by the way, if you need a copy of scriptures, we’ll gladly send you a Bible or set.)
STEP 2 – So, what next: You Pray
You just pour out your soul, whether you’re in your car, on the treadmill, at the gym, or whether you have taken some time to kneel in a quiet place. Speak to Him as you would to a perfect Father. You can just ask Him if He’s there. It’s as simple and as profound as that.
I like how Psalms 62:8 says it; it reads, simply “pour out your heart out to Him.” Candidly pray to ask God to reveal Himself to you. Share openly, any hurts as in this psalmist: “I’m feeble and broken because of the disquietness of my heart.” Share your hopes and fears, your thanks and disappointments. Ask your questions of God. And then close in the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is your Advocate, and your Savior. You will come to know Him as you learn of Him, for He has said, “The Spirit of truth shall testify of me” (John 15:26). Claim that promise in prayer, by expressing your desire to believe and trust that the Spirit will truly testify to you.
ANSWER NO WORRIES - Don’t worry, He’ll answer!
You may be wondering how you could ever know if God hears you or how He will answer if He does. Well, He will hear you and He will answer you. Do not worry about His ability to communicate. He is God, and you have come to earth equipped to hear His voice; His voice is Spirit and communicates with our Spirit. It’s our native language.
Answer to Prayer: You Can Know God Is Speaking to You
I witness to you that you can know God is speaking to you, just as you know when your friend, niece, or co-worker is speaking to you. You’ll be able to distinguish those voices and recognize your Heavenly Father’s voice as He speaks to you through His spirit. It’s actually the duty of a member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, to teach us and guide us into all truth, as is stated in John 16:13: The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth.
The Spirit of God will provide answers “according to your own language and your own understanding” (Modern Revelation: Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 31:3).
So what does that feel like, look like, to know He’s answering or talking with you?
What happens in my case is that I feel God entering into my personal unexpressed thoughts, when He puts something in front of me–as if He picks up the conversation going on in my mind and heart, in a real and noticeable way that is undeniable. It’s as if this INTERNAL CONVERSATION I’m having with God MEETS AN EXTERNAL ANSWER. They combine with clarity, and connect in a way only God can do. You’ll know it. You’ll feel it.
It can come through a word, a song, a person who shows up at the right time and says the right thing, a radio program you tune into at the right nanosecond, a sentence in a book that seems to jump out at you as if highlighted for you and that fits the context of your spiritual emotional state that’s beyond coincidence, a scripture that strikes you through to center, a thought that comes across the screen of your heart and mind, something that connects some dots for you in a way you could not have yourself, any of these ways…
It can come THROUGH, and you KNOW it was Him, and you’ll notice that when it does come that you will get a confirmation of that very idea, thought, insight, truth–a second witness through another like event, or in that the truth seats itself in you and comes to you through both your mind and your heart.
Our hearts and minds—they’re two spiritual witnesses of truth provided by God in all things we seek to know, isn’t that cool? The Lord Himself says: I will tell you in your mind and your heart if it be right/true” (D&C 8:2). For me, the witness that God lived came first to my mind, which surprised me. I came to know intellectually that there must be a God, and the spiritual witness came after, as I was, of all things, running in my neighborhood under a full moon, pondering my life. It came as a spiritual infusion in a way that is hard to describe, but was as real as my speaking to you now–a full injection of truth spiritually into my Being, from God Himself, through His Spirit which I could never deny. I knew He lived, loved me, and that I belonged–for the first time in my life. It will come to you in a way that will mean the most to you.
You may have to wait and keep learning, but it will come. Spiritual things can’t be forced because God wants to find the best way and the best time to manifest His will and presence to you as you are willing and able to follow Him.
He also speaks peace. Remember that PEACE can’t be counterfeited.
STEP 3 - Do what you feel impressed to do through what you learn about God and truth, however small a step that is, or whatever that might look like.
Wait on Him as you do what you feel impressed to do.
As you read, do what you learn and feel impressed to do. John 3:21: “He that doeth truth cometh to the light.”
REAL? You will know this is real, and not your imagining or self-will, as one prophet describes:
“O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible; therefore ye must know that it is good (Alma 32:35)” Real? Yes, very real. Real, not subjective or irrelevant or outdated; it matters and will change your life.
The good news is that the gospel of Jesus Christ offers the promise, the method, and the satisfying filling outcome of knowing and living and finding truth. As you engage these steps, you will find that you will come to know that God and Jesus Christ are real Beings, that they love you beyond how you love yourself, or ever may have received love in your past. They know and love you unconditionally, completely, and wholly. They have plans for you and you will feel those plans and better sense their will for your life. I witness that is true.
God bless you on your spiritual journey. Please feel free to join us on Facebook, or to Tweet, or post a comment or question on our site, or to call Karen at 185-KNOWGOD-1 with sincere questions or prayer request.