Leslie White - Truth Will Win - Rochedale II, Queensland, Australia Convention - 2006

This battle for truth and for right - it is going to be on. We can be in that battle or we can let it go, but truth is going to win. The world is possessed by lies and deceit, but truth is going to win. Proverbs 12-19, "The lip of truth shall be established forever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment." That doesn’t seem true. Maybe sometimes a lie has been told about you, but we don’t have to have vengeance. For three years, there was a lie said about me and I thought, "I don’t have to put up with that!" I was driving along, and I thought to myself, "You talk about Joseph and David, and things happened to them, and you are going to take vengeance!" "The lip of truth shall be established forever, but the lying tongue is just for a moment." Truth will never be defeated. Truth can be battered and insulted, but it will win. We can fight for truth and we will win, or we can let it go.

 

Proverbs 14:4, "The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied from himself." When we came to convention, I heard one lady’s testimony and she said she didn’t have many victories but mostly defeats. It says the backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways. We could be like that, still going to meetings, and still taking the emblems, but something wrong in the heart. Backsliding – loving things we should not be loving. "A good man will be satisfied from himself." We can come to convention and we could have some terrible things in our hearts, but at convention what happens? David had adultery in his heart, and if you have something in your heart, you will do it! What is in our hearts is going to determine what we will do. David had this thought in his mind, and he thought he would get this man killed. First, it started in his mind. We read Psalms 51, God’s hand – broken bones, put terrible pressure on him, and God sent Nathan. David said, "Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me." God can cleanse the heart. We hear about these things – backsliding – and in time, everyone is going to know. But if God deals with things, nobody need to know. That is the mercy of our God.

 

Proverbs 16:9, "A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps." Whatever you love is going to determine where you are going to end up. We can go the way of our hearts, but God determines where that is going to end up. He is the one that has the final say. Proverbs 15:3, "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." This year, other people don’t know where we have been and what we have said, but God knows all about it. He has watched it closely. He knows why we did it. He is trying to restrain the evil, and the good He has seen, He is trying to encourage it. Our goodness doesn’t fool God – He knows exactly why we are doing it. We may be doing it to impress others.

 

"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." It takes an effort to believe, but faith is things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Without faith, we can’t please God, and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Why would there be anyone in this meeting that isn’t diligently seeking God?

 

When I was about 8 years old, I was conscious of sin. My parents heard the gospel when I was 4 1/2. How could God convict a little boy of sin? He can do it. I prayed in the barn door with others around playing. I prayed to God, "I don’t want to go to the bad place. If I know what Your will is for sure, I will do it." God hears those little boys and girls. God said, "I came down from Heaven and sent My Son." He showed me that Jesus came down and died for me.

 

I want to speak about the exodus – how God got his people out of Egypt. It was by faith. A little family – Amram and Jocabed, and the struggle of their salvation. God was able to use that family - Moses, Aaron, Miriam, and others. God’s plan for that day was fitting in for God’s eternal plan. The people were slaves and were so unhappy as they served with rigour, building things for Pharoah. The same with the exodus, it is like God sending Jesus to bring out His people from this world, from Satan. Amram and Jocabed were living in a time of oppression and the people cried to the Lord. Today, when the storms come, Jesus will stretch out His hand and help you, just as He did when Peter was walking on the water. Here are these people, and they cried to God. Why did God deliver them? Because they cried, but we can go back to a lot of things. Exodus 12, there were 430years from the time when they went down to Egypt. Genesis 15, God is making these promises. From 70 people, now there were 600,000 people, and Pharoah said, "We have to do something about these people. We will kill all the small boys."

 

Terrorism is what makes people’s hearts fail, because you can’t control it. It is going to get worse. We might question and say, "Should we bring little children into that?" Yes, that is God’s plan. In Moses’ day, his parents put him in the river because he should have been killed. When the people complained, then Pharoah made them busier! That is the work of Satan today. In a home we stayed in, we sometimes get the children’s bedrooms. In this young person’s bedroom, there were pictures of workers, and little poems on the walls. Wonderful thing, those kind of homes. Moses' parents hid him for three months, not an easy thing to keep a little one quiet, but they did it to save him. God gave Jocabed instructions. She made a little ark. God told her to put it down in the river where Pharoah’s daughter takes her bath. She got it from God. How to bring up your children, you get it from God. Miriam his sister, was there. Happy is the boy that has a sister like that. I had a sister like that. Every week a letter came from her encouraging me – while I was at university, in the army, and then in the work.

 

Pharoah’s daughter picks up this little baby, and Miriam asks, "Would you like one of the Hebrew women to come and look after him?" Now his mother is getting paid to care for him! A little boy is supposed to be dead, but here is his mother getting paid to look after him. God can do more than we can think or do. Moses grew up, and we read in history that he became a General! It came into his heart to go and see his brethren, and he saw an Egyptian smiting one of the Hebrews, and he smote him. He looked this way and he looked that way, and he buried him in the sand. But somebody saw him. The next day, Moses saw two of his people fighting, and Moses tried to sort it out, and one said, "Are you going to kill me like you did the Egyptian?" Moses was 40 years old then, and he fled. For 40 years, he was out in the wilderness caring for sheep and learning meekness, so God could use him.

 

One day, he was out in the wilderness and he saw a bush burning, and it wasn’t consumed! He had seen the bush get burned on occasions, but this bush didn’t get consumed, because God was in it. 40 years there was a flash of fire, but now God wants to send him to deliver his people. Moses said, "Who am I?" God said, "I will be with you." Moses said, "I can’t speak." He came back without a tongue, and that is when God can work. God said, "Aaron can speak for you, and you take this rod with you, and that is going to be a rod of power." Moses said, "Who am I going to tell them has sent me?" God said, "I am hath sent thee, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Moses now believes God, and then he said, "How are those people going to believe me?" God said, "What have you got in your hand?" A rod, and it became a serpent, and God said, "If they won’t believe the voice of the first sign, they will believe the voice of the second sign."

 

When Moses and Aaron went to Pharoah, he said, "Who is the lord? I won’t let the people go." Pharoah eventually found out who was the Lord! First, Pharoah said they could go and sacrifice, but do it right here in the land! They were serving Pharoah, and he didn’t want them to go and serve the Lord. Then he said, "You go, but don’t go very far." In chapter 10, he said they could go but leave their cattle and your children. But Moses said, “No, we are going to make a feast and we want our children to be there.” Finally, Pharoah said, “You can take the children but not the cattle.“ Moses said, “No, we have to take everything.” After that, the pass-over lamb was slain, the sacrifice of the Lord’s pass-over.

 

Chapter 15, God leads them with a cloud and God leads them through right to the sea. Pharoah realises they have left and sets off with his army. What are they going to do now? Is God going to dry up the sea, or destroy army? The Lord did both. In the 15th chapter, we read the song of Moses and the Children of Israel. Fifteen times, they mentioned “The Lord,” but one month later, everyone of them murmured! They weren’t facing the army, but they were hungry. All the vision they had was forgotten! In a month or so, our flesh is going to be hungry. Chapter 17, they wanted water, and they tempted God. When they murmured, it was only about small things.

 

Moses was a conspicuous person, but it was a little mother that was behind the scene protecting that little one.