“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free!”
(Read John 8:25-32)
It is without doubt or question that God desires the best for each of His children, but sometimes we become trapped in habits, thoughts and negative emotions that interfere with His plans for us. So often people are quick to blame God for situations that have been brought about by their own disobedience to the word or the actions of others who either do not know the Lord or who are also walking in disobedience. Jesus offers us a way out. He has signaled to us through the writing of the Apostle John some very profound words. He says, if we ‘continue’ in His Word, we’ll know the truth that sets us free from whatever is holding us in bondage. Now, what does John mean when he says, “continue in the Word”? This would indicate that we are consistently reading it and applying it to our daily lives. If we’re doing that we’ll be able to know what God says and be able to recognize the traps that threaten to ensnare us. What’s more, we’ll understand the benefits accompanying our salvation that enable us to stand firm in that truth without being deceived by the enemy or led astray. Understanding the following truths are crucial to our stability and staying on track with our daily Christian living:
1. Our Position in Christ – Through faith in Christ we have entered into a personal relationship with God Himself. Now, as His children, we have ready access to His throne along with the assurance that He hears our prayers (1 John 5:14). Consider what the Word confirms to us about our position. Ephesians says we are “Seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”(Ephesians 2:6), it tells us that we have “Access by one Spirit” (Ephesians 2:18). We are positioned with access to the supernatural.
2. Our Provision in Christ – He has given us His word to guide us and encourage us in every situation. Paul reminds us that all of our needs are met “According to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” (Philippians 4:19). And Hebrews reminds us that there is “Grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Again He tells us that “His grace is sufficient.” The Psalmist tells us “He will guide us with His eye” (Psalm 32:8). Provision is ours on every hand.
3. Our Promises in Christ – The scripture tells us that all the promises God has made to us in Christ are “Yes, and in Him, amen!” (2 Corinthians 1:20). God does not go back on His word. His word is sure. He reminds us that “Heaven and earth may pass away, but My word shall never pass away” (Matthew 24:35). That His Word abides forever. By relying on the promises He has given us, we’ll become partakers of God’s nature and escape the world’s corrupting influence (2 Peter 1:4).
4. Our Protection in Christ – When we are walking in obedience with the Lord, He strengthens and protects us so we don’t fall into the traps of the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3). The Psalmist reminds us that He is our shield, buckler, and defender. The Apostle Paul urges us to “Put on the whole armor of God!” (Ephesians 6:10). In fact, His very presence is our protection because “Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world!”(1 John 4:4)
Our responsibility before the Lord is to recognize any sin, attitudes, negative emotions, etc. that are dominating our lives. Then, we need to ground ourselves in the truth of the Word and claim God’s promise and provision by faith. He’s ready to deal with anything that deters or distracts us from the best that He desires for us. So…..let’s seek to walk in His truth and let it make/set us free!!!!