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Monday, January 2, 2012

Step One in Any Struggle

As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
~ John 8:30-32 (NKJV)

To believe in Jesus, stay in His Word, and follow Him as His disciple is to know the truth.

Truth is freedom—from sin, from death in its every form, and from every other lie that would hold us captive to fear, pride, and lust.

Whatever today's struggle, seeing it in full truth, through the eyes of God, is the first step to overcoming it.

Father in Heaven, we are not worthy of the least of all the mercies and all the truth You have shown Your servants. Please, this day, set us free from whatever lie holds us captive by showing us afresh the truth to defeat it, and enable us to glorify You in the process.

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10 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more about truth. It's hard watching people hide from it--the consequences that follow. I've felt this play out in my own life...probably why it's so hard to watch.

    ~ Wendy

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  2. It's true that many do not really want to know the truth but it is waiting for us to truly set up free and I pray many will find the truth in 2012. Thank you for all you do to help that happen.
    Odie

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  3. Wendy, Matthew Henry's commentary on Proverbs 28:18 says, "Those that are honest are always safe." Whatever the consequences for honesty, far worse is being beholden to the father of lies.

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  4. Thank you, Odie, for your own ministry of encouragement.

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  5. And to see as the Father sees, I must first fix the eyes on Jesus ... look at all things through the prism of a cross, through Christ crucified.

    Happy New Year, Anne.

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  6. Indeed, Jennifer, what truth can we understand except through the cross? Love and holiness of God, sinfulness of the Creator's beloved humans, Evil's desire for us, the sorrow in the daily cross we are asked to bear in the name of Jesus—none of it makes any sense at all except through that prism.

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  7. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

    Just reading this scripture before the rest of your post brought tears to my eyes. God's Word is so powerful! He has made me free indeed!

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  8. The Spirit does that to me too, Mary. I'm amazed at the power packed by even a phrase of God's Word when I feel His presence it It.

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