Determining the truth isn’t always as easy as one might imagine.
From the time I entered this world, I was taught to obey God’s standards. As I aged and could comprehend them better, my parents explained why I needed to do this or leave that alone. They never questioned God’s truth, nor did I…until I became an adult. Occasionally, the thought would race through my mind, “What if all I profess to believe is a lie or wishful thinking?” I once questioned an older man about this very possibility. He replied, “I’d rather live like I do and be mistaken in the end than live the opposite way and find out I was wrong.”
According to Jesus, it’s possible to know the truth and be set free by it. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32 NLT) But set free from what?
Truth releases me from false guilt. Satan would like nothing better than to convince me that past sins and present faults make me unacceptable for God’s use. God reminds me, however, that he’s cleansed me from a guilty conscience.
Truth frees me from fear. Fear isn’t from God because perfect love—which God has for me, eradicates all fear. God holds my life in his hands. Nothing can touch me that he doesn’t allow. My future is determined by one who loves me unconditionally and completely.
Truth eliminates the possibility of judgment. As God’s child, I’m no longer under condemnation. Jesus has taken the punishment for me on Calvary’s cross.
Truth also unshackles me from controlling habits. I don’t need anything to help me through the day or assist me with life. God’s Spirit—along with the peace he conveys, is sufficient to help me handle anything that comes my way.
Do you know the truth?
Prayer: Father, may the truth that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again in victory over death and the grave set us free from guilt, fear, judgment, and controlling habits.
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