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The Truth

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32, NIV)

Truth is reality.
Truth is the way things really are.
It flows from You,
the source of all being and
the center of reality.

Thus living in You, Lord God, is
living in the truth.
It is living in line with reality.
It is natural, harmonious living.
Living in You is
living in peace.

Anything not in line with You is unnatural,
out of harmony with reality.
It is a lie,
doomed to cause unhappiness and
ultimately to pass away.

Humility is truth.
Pride is a lie.

Your glory is truth.
Any other glory is a lie.
Oneness with You and with other believers is truth.
Self-exaltation is a lie.

Lord Jesus, purify my heart and mind and life.
Help me think and live in You.

All that you see is temporary and passing.
Your relationship with the living God will
always be the focus of reality for you.
Set your heart on Him alone.

Hymn: Beyond Imagination

Slaves to a Lie

Jesus promised His followers:

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32, NASB)

What did He mean?
From what does God’s truth set us free?

He sets us free from the lies of sin and Satan.
Realize that the truth is never on Satan’s side.
He is a defeated foe with
limited powers.
Therefore lies are always his main weapon.
Jesus said of him:

“He…does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44, NASB)

Sin and Satan continually make promises they can’t keep.
When he tempts you,
he is promising a happiness, a satisfaction,
that neither he nor his sin can possibly deliver.

What’s more, the Bible says that when we give in to such deceiving sin,
we make ourselves its slave.
We give the lie power over us.
Jesus said,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” (John 8:34)

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? (Romans 6:16, NASB)

As slaves of sin,
slaves of a lie,
we are compelled to sin,
chasing it for satisfactions it can never bring.

When we turn to Jesus and walk in His truth,
we are set free from that slavery to a lie.
The truth that is in Jesus sets us free.

Now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:22-23, NASB)

This truth that is in Jesus,
this glorious reality,
is more than just facts to be believed.
Jesus not only speaks the truth.
He also thinks the truth and
lives the truth.
Jesus is the truth.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6, NASB)

Jesus is the glorious reality of
God’s love and life
filling our world.
And in Him,
in the Spirit of Truth,
we become part of that reality.
In Him we
think the truth,
speak the truth, and
live the truth.
As we follow Jesus,
as we continue in His word,
His truth sets us free from slavery to a lie.
We can now
think and breathe,
speak and live
the beautiful, loving truth that
is in Him alone.

“If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36, NASB)

Listen and sing:
Hymn: Think, Speak, and Live the Truth
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The Truth Sets You Free

John 8:31-36

Continue in the word of Jesus Christ.
Remain in it day by day.
Walk in it.
Make it your lifestyle.
Faith is more than a momentary decision.
Discipleship is a daily commitment.

As you walk with Jesus,
the Truth is your constant personal companion, and
the Truth sets you free.
You are no longer bound by your own weaknesses.
Sin can no longer master you and keep you as its slave.
Its lies have no more hold over you.
The Truth has set you free,
and you are truly, completely free!

Listen…and sing if you want:
Hymn: Think, Speak, and Live the Truth
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