The Truth will Set you Free

As I was reading through a book on discipleship this morning, I came across a verse that I have heard preached and read myself SO MANY TIMES. I am sure you have read, said and heard it said many times as well…

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 CSB

You have heard it before right? This morning in the book I am reading the author Kandi Gallaty also referenced the verse before it… John 8:31 which says…

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, β€œIf you continue in my word, you really are my disciples.”

Okay so what You’re saying Jesus, is that there is an active part that I play in this as well…. MIND BLOWN. Maybe not blown completely but for sure a reality check. Let’s read these verses together…

John 8:31-32 CSB
31Β Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, β€œIf you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. 32Β You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

After reading this verse over…and over.. and over this morning I got an image of a prison in my head and began to think about what it takes for someone who is in prison to get out of prison.. time served. Freedom for a prisoner requires time.
Maybe it is just me but I know I have so many invisible prisons that I live in. These prisons are in my mind and if I let them they can just completely take over and destroy my day, or let’s be honest weeks or even months. Here is where my revelation came in this morning… I can’t just hold onto the Bible and open it in church on Sunday mornings and expect to know the Truth that can set me free from these invisible prisons that I have. I have to put the time in…

I have to read His Word to know the Truth that can and will set me free.

We have to do our part. A relationship with Jesus is just that a relationship, a two-way line of communication between our heavenly Father and us, His children. If we are just going through the motions of our faith we lose the relationship with the Author of our faith. We invest time in so many other relationships throughout our days. Whether that is our family, spouse, kids, friends, co-workers… you fill in the blank, but how easy it is to get “too busy” to invest time in the relationship with the Creator. The One who made us, knows us and loves us. The One who is our ever present help in time of need (Ps 46:1) The One who can lead us, guide us and instruct us on the way we need to go (Ps 32:8) The One and the only One who’s very Words can set us free.

The Bible is the absolute truth. The living word of God. There is Freedom there. We have to take the time to put His Word in our heart. The Word is the weapon that we have to tear down the invisible prisons that we have in our lives. Let’s take this weapon that the Lord has given us and let’s spend time learning, knowing and growing in it so we can break down the prison walls that we live in and walk in the freedom that Christ died for us to have (Gal 5:1)! Will you join me?

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