The Difference Between Truth and Fact
It was once said that perception is reality. It makes for a catchy slogan but in reality nothing could be farther from the Truth. When Jesus was before Pilate giving an explanation as to why He (Jesus) was called a King in John 18:36-38 Jesus said I have come into the world to bear witness of the truth and everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate then asks the proverbial question what is truth? Today the question is still in limbo for most people.
If we were to ask that same question I dare to say most would reply something like “ Truth is having the right information”. In certain contexts that would be correct, but from an eternal perspective truth is not about information but it is about a person. Jesus said you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free ( John 8:32). The Truth Jesus was referring to was not knowing doctrine or theology that would make you free but Truth is a person. John records in John 16:13 that when He the Spirit of Truth comes He will guide you into all the truth. Once we grasp the idea that Truth is Jesus the Way the Truth and the Life and the extension of Christ being the Holy Spirit of Truth then it is not about information. It is all about an intimate relationship with one who is True.
It is easy to get confused with truth and fact even though they seem to be the same. Let me explain the difference. When the twelve spies entered Canaan to explore and bring back a reconnaissance report they all saw the same things and all reported what they saw. When they gave their report ten of them said it is just like God told us but the giants make us feel like grasshoppers in our own eyes. Two gave a report like the others in what they saw but their report was different because they saw through the eyes of truth. Ten of them reported facts without truth. In Numbers 13:32 it was said they brought back an evil report even though the report they gave was factual in that they described what they saw. Can we conclude that it is possible to be factual in what we see and describe and still fall short of the truth?
Truth as a person says this is your land regardless of the circumstances. Facts are what appear to the natural senses but Truth is seen through the eyes of those who hear the promises of God in spite of what others may say or feel. People who only live life based on external circumstances and then decide the outcome based upon facts and not Truth they will miss the prophetic outcome that God intends for their life. Next time you are facing a seemingly giant of a problem shut your eyes and remember the promises of God and that He said He would never forsake or abandon us. When you open your eyes filter what you are seeing through the promises of God and you will be able to separate facts and Truth.