To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (NIV)
That is what I want. What do you want? I want to be set free. From what do you want to be set free? I want to be set free from the sinful patterns and practices of the world. I want to be free to live my life fully for you. I don’t want to go where I should not go. I don’t want to do what I should not do. I want to live a life that is completely pleasing to you. That is a very good desire.
How will I set you free? You are asking me that question? Yes, I am asking you that question. Do you know why I am asking you that question? I guess so, at least I’m pretty sure, maybe even nearly positive. Let me hear you answer. You have made it quite clear how you will set me free. Not only that, you have made obvious what tool you will use to set me free. That’s true. You will use your word to set me free. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Your word will change everything about me. All my thoughts, words and deeds will be changed by the mighty power of your word. You go that right.
Do you have a role in my setting you free? Yes, without a doubt. What role do you have in my using my word to set you free? I need to come to you and meet with you in your word. I need to feed on your word. Daily, I need to take in a steady diet of your word. Not only do I need to feed on your word, I need to focus my heart and mind and life on your word. How will you focus your heart and mind and life on my word? I will think about your word second by second, and moment by moment, every day of my life. Your word will always be before me. In addition to my feeding and focusing on your word, I will need to be freed by your word. How will you be freed by my word? I will be freed by your word as I hold on to your word. I will be freed by your word, as I follow and obey your word. I will be freed by your word, as I continue to put your word into practice. Yes, you will. Feed on my word. Focus on my word. Be freed by my word. Yes Lord, I will. Then you will be set free.
Lord, I will make it my daily practice to feed on your word. I will continually focus my heart and mind and life on your word. Change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life as I meet with you in your word. Set me free by the mighty power of your word. Amen
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