Reference to a Truth Processor is made in many articles throughout the Living the Truth ministry. What is a truth processor?
A truth processor takes the raw truth of God’s word and processes it through four stages resulting in fruitful living and God glorified. See the Truth Processor visual on the right. See Colossians 1:9-11 for scriptural basis.
Most items within our view are the results of processing raw material into useful products: trees to paper, oil to gas, wind to energy, notes to music, and steel into buildings. The difference between the poverty of a third world country and the abundance of an industrial nation is the ability to process raw material into beneficial products.
God’s Word is raw truth that must be made flesh (incarnated) and displayed in our living. The stages of this process which I call Truth Processing are identified in Colossians and used by the people in Nehemiah 8. The difference between a barren Christian and a fruitful Christian is his faithfulness in processing truth into life.
The Truth Processor has four stages as does baseball when a hit is processed into a score. We have chosen to use the four bases of baseball to guide the truth through the stages on each page of our manydevotional booklets. Have your copy of the devotional handy as I explain the Truth Process.
First Base. You reach First Base if you are able to Recall or state a specific truth. Many programs and publications stop here. The first base coach is waving you on. Don’t stop here. Your goal is home plate. Don’t linger at the know stage (first base). You may get proud and deceived into believing that first base is home plate (James 1: 22-25).
Second Base. You reach Second Base when you understand the truth sufficiently to Restate the truth in your own words without changing the meaning. Understanding provides confidence and meaning to specific truth which can then be passed on to the next stage of the process. Don’t stop at second base. All you have done is mastered the truth but the truth has not mastered you. Keep Going.
Third Base. At this base you Relate the truth to your own life. You will see how it fits so that you can live it in order to arrive at home plate.
Home Plate. You finally Realize the truth. It has become a reality in your life. It has gone beyond a truth known to a truth lived. You can now give a testimony of a truth obeyed. You have finally reached the fruitful stage. You have SCORED! God is pleased (III John 4)
We have just described very briefly the Truth Process which should be used with every exposure to God’s word to avoid hardening of the heart (Heb 4:2)
This is only one of many many articles which we will enter in order to help process truth into living.