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John 8: 31 – 32

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

This is an oft quoted passage but misquoted in a sense. The truth will not set you free. It is knowing the truth that sets people free. Truth is all around us, but it is only when we get a revelation of the truths that are pertinent to us that they can affect our lives for the good. Once we have that revelation, then the truths have a transformative effect, which means, they can change your life.

The anchor of this verse as well as ideal held within is the part that is overlooked. This quote is from Jesus. He said the way to knowing the truth that will set you free is in “continuing in My word.” Whoops! What was that? Well, really, no big surprise here when we think about it. Where else would we turn for truth? Further, Jesus set he came to set us free. It is reasonable that if we want the freedom he came to give us then we should make ourselves his disciples. The way to freedom, then, is continuing in his word.

So, we quote this saying, “the truth shall set you free” but we only cite a part of it. We are forgetting the foundation upon which the whole concept is built, abiding in Jesus’ word. Faced with the reality of how we live in his truth and hence his freedom, how many of us want it badly enough to do something about it? We act like all of these things will drop out of the sky on us but that isn’t the way. Abiding in him, is the way. Remember Monday’s verse, “Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move, so that I can walk onward in your truth.” Walking in truth, and hence in freedom, comes through abiding with him and learning his ways. The simple truth of it is that spending time in our Bible and in prayer is how we come to live in the shining place of his glory. I don’t always get all the Bible time I need. We are all leading busy lives but I want victory and freedom for us all so I am motivated to find the secrets and share them with you. I wish there was a magic wand but the closest we get to it is a magic book. We can’t just wave it around though. We’ve got to spend time with it and allow it to speak to us. It was for freedom that Jesus set us free and he whom Jesus has set free is free indeed. Let your discipleship in the Word free you to victory in Jesus.

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