Freed by Truth

“You shall know the Truth and the truth shall make you free; and if the Son shall make you free, then you will be free indeed” (John 8:32, 36)

The Truth is not subjective, relative, or otherwise elusive.

It is what it is.

It is not up for debate, nor is it dependent upon how one feels at the moment.

The Truth is the one and only Good Lord, Jesus Christ, who came to walk among us, lived a perfectly sinless life, and bore the sins of humanity upon Himself in His death on the cross. All so that we may come to know the Father. (Philippians 2:5-8)

The Truth has the power to change lives and shape destinies. Once the Truth has set you free, you will be free indeed.

Meaning, once you relinquish control over to the Lord, Satan will no longer have any claim on you. He will attack ferociously, tempt and provoke, but his influence over you will be completely destroyed.

That is, as far as you continue to walk with the Lord, keep watch, and pray. “For the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41)

John’s Gospel explains: the Truth always was, is, and will be.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [Jesus] was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him and without Him not one thing came into being… and the Word became flesh and lived among us.” (John 1:1-3, 14)

With that, we now have a metric for testing truth. Indeed, it is commanded to run these tests.

“Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)

Suppose someone tells you something and says, “God put it on my heart to tell you…”, or “the Bible says such and such…”

Is that right…?

How do you know God told them to say those things, or that “such and such” actually is in the Bible?

Well, go to the Word!

“By this you will know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.” (I John 4:2-3)

Does that mean everything a believer says is inherently true, or that well-meaning Christians can’t make mistakes?

No, but hold up whatever has been said to the Word of God.

Study and learn your Bible, but if you are still uncertain as to whether or not someone is giving you the run-around, simply ask them to show you where in the Bible they saw what they claim.

There is no need to fuss or name-call because the Truth will be revealed eventually. It is much more important to garner a strong, healthy relationship and maybe be wrong, than it is to be right.

Amen!

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