Tuesday, January 14, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day TEN: "True & Free"

Day TEN: "True & Free"
Read:  "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, NLT).
Think About It: "You will never know freedom until you fully trust Jesus with every part of who you are." These weren't the words she wanted to hear. She had been fighting the idea that to know Jesus and to acknowledge Him as truth was to surrender her own hold on how she wanted to live her life. On the outside looking in, hers was a life of great emptiness, growing discontent, and the bitter taste of disappointment that followed one fruitless attempt after another in trying to fulfill all of the above. After all, it was her life. Who was I to say that Jesus was the source of all truth that she should read and learn that truth, or what's more, that she should live by that truth? She wanted the security of having Jesus, but with the "satisfaction" of living life on her terms. She would soon realize that living life by her own design was like being one password away from the greatest treasure in existence. Though knowing the password would gain access to immeasurable wealth, it would also mean acknowledging a personal insufficiency. The choice at this crossroads would be the determining factor between bitterness and blessing.
Going Deeper: To "know" truth is more than to know about it or be familiar with it. Knowing truth isn't minimized by nor limited to mere facts, figures, and statistics. Jesus challenged the commitment of His disciples with the integrity of their obedience. If they chose to remain in their own ignorance, lack of understanding, and routines of how things had always been, they would continue in the insanity of their individual struggles. If, however, they chose to open their hearts to Him, to remain, persist, and be diligent to listen and apply the teaching of His truth, they would encounter a freedom like never before. To know, to be intimately connected, not just familiar, with His truth is like knowing that password that gives you access to treasures of immeasurable wealth. You can’t fully be intimately connected with the knowledge of God’s truth if you’re not committed to hearing it, receiving it, trusting it, and applying it. Knowing that truth will undoubtedly open up new levels of freedom in your life.
Next Step:
Jesus instructed you to “know” the truth with the promise that knowing it would “set you free.” What does it mean to “know” it? It means more than just reading. It requires more than just a surface knowledge of the black and white. As you look to scripture in God’s truth, try asking a few questions. Who’s speaking? What is the situation? What’s going on in the verses before and after that might help me fill in the black and white with some living color? How does this impact me? Why might God want me to read this? How can I apply this today? Flip over to James 1:2-4 and put this into practice. Ask the questions. Know the truth. Let it set you free.

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