Some may remember the old TV police drama from the 1950s called Dragnet, and the signature line used by its star police detective, Sgt. Joe Friday, which was: “Just the facts, ma’am.” On nearly every episode, as Friday sought to solve a crime through questioning witnesses, he interjected those words in an effort to get to the truth. It was Friday’s way of stressing that facts matter. In reality, facts equate to truth. Sadly, we live in a society that embraces alternatives to facts and truth—where many decisions are made based on feelings, thoughts, and opinions. Rather than fact-checking, we move out based on assumptions. Instead of checking to see what God has to say about a matter, we lean on our own understanding, or that of someone else, and refuse to consult with God. We must understand that God’s Word is truth, and it’s factual. That’s why in every situation we face, no matter how small or how big, we must always rely on the Word of God for true direction. Proverbs 3:5, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, encourages us to “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” And in Isaiah 55:11, New International Version, the Lord says, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” When the enemy is speaking lies to you, saying things like you’ll never amount to anything, or that you will always be a failure, you must remind him of the facts as they appear in God’s Word. Tell him it is written that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God Himself. Remind him that the fact is, God says no good thing will He withhold from you; that He has made you to be the head and not the tail; and that He calls you “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” Let him know those are the facts, and that you’re sticking with them—because facts are the only thing that matter!