Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Continue in My Word, You Will Know the Truth

What do you want?  You answer that question by the time and effort you give to a certain definite activity.  God calls you and has given you the ability to choose the fullness of life He originally planned when He created you.  Nothing can take away the promise this amazing opportunity provides.  The question is "How do you handle the Word of God?"

"If you continue in My Word, ... you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32   Considering that Jesus said that He was the Truth, it clearly follows that continuing in the Word releases the truth (or Truth) that makes you free indeed.  Can something so simple be so life changing?

Lets take an ordinary example.  Perhaps someone feels that they are worthless, unattractive, and always a failure.  These are pretty strong negative thoughts or persuasions that often control not only the inner perceptions but also the outward actions or choices.  If such a person begins to read and consider what the Word of God reveals, he would discover that he is made in the image and likeness of God and as an image-bearer of God Himself is extremely valuable and destined to overcome every negative that holds him back.  Furthermore, he is wonderfully and fearfully made, and is so precious that God is pleased to have Jesus His Son bear all the hurt and offense for him.  This Word or declaration begins to unveil a powerful truth in the mind of the reader.  The more he continues in this truth, the more he become free from the bondage of the old condemning patterns of thought, and is released to become the son of God that was originally intended.  Scripture says, "He sent forth His Word and healed them" or in our example, made them whole.

Man is not able to grasp all of God.  God is so good, so awesome, so holy, so glorious, and so totally other, that the best man can do is "line upon line, line upon line, precept upon precept, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little" until the light dawns in man's soul, which is his thoughts, emotions, and choices.  In spite of man's condition, clearly God wants every man to know Him.   He desires to reveal Himself to all who call on His name.  God has made a way to accept God's invitation to literally know what the Bible calls "a mystery that has been hidden," of Christ Himself being revealed inside of us, through taking time to read and receive with meekness the Word of God.

This revealed way is allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal His "setting free" truth by choosing to focus on God's thoughts and ways.  So obey Jesus' invitation, "Continue in His Word, come to know the Truth, and this Truth will set you free.

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