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)
Know The Truth
What is the truth? How will you know what is true and what is false? How will you evaluate what you hear? Are you the final arbitrator of what is true and what is false? Do you know that your heart and mind and life are under constant bombardment, of what is false, from the world? Will you adopt what the world wants to teach you? Will you accept all the thoughts and values and principles of the world? You have asked me a lot of questions. I’m not sure where to begin. Do you expect that I will answer every one of your questions? No, but I do want you to think deeply about every question that I have asked you. That, I will do.
I know that you are the truth. Everything you teach me is true. Your word is truth. I know that the world stands in direct opposition to your truth. I will not accept the thoughts and values and principles of the world as my own. If the world is applauding my thinking, then I will know that something has gone terribly wrong with my thoughts. How will you come to know the truth? Every day, I will come to meet with you in your word. Your word will be by defense against the constant bombardment of my heart and mind and life from the world. I will listen very carefully to everything you teach me. I will hold on tightly to your word. What will happen when there is conflict between your commonly held thoughts and values and opinions and my word? What will you do when you think one thing and my word says another? I will know that I have gotten off track with my thinking. I will know that I have veered away from the truth of your word. I will change my thinking. I will continually allow your word to speak into my life. That will be very good.
What has my word done for you as you have held on to it? Your word has broken the power of the world and all its evil over my life. Your word has set me free. Your word has changed my heart, transformed my mind and guided my life. Your word has made me able to think your thoughts and walk in your ways. Your word has helped me to do what is pleasing in your sight. Your word has helped me to live my life with and for you. That is very good.
Lord, I will meet with you daily in your word. I want to know everything you want to teach me. I will listen carefully to your teaching. I will hold on to and put into practice whatever you teach me. Use your word to set me free, so I can live my life with and for you. Amen
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