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Seven Liberating Truths

“Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you FREE” —John 8:32

What did Jesus mean?  Notice preceding statement of Jesus in verse 31—“If ye CONTINUE in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”  Jesus was not talking about a casual acquaintance with truth or a mental assent to what is true.  It is to “know” truth experientially— Living the truth.  It is the practice truth that makes you free.

To be free from the bondages of fear… anger… depression… bitterness… etc. we must live out the truth about these things.

Here are a few examples of LIBERATING TRUTHS.

1. The King James Bible is God’s Word (Ps. 12:6-7).  Since truth make us free, where do you find it?  You find it in God’s Word (John 17:17).  Knowing the KJV is God’s Word will free you from…

  • …Greek scholars, teachers, and preachers who question God’s Word by saying, “A better translation should be…” “This verse was not in the best manuscripts.”
  • …Bible marketing. Once you believe the KJV is God’s Word in English you won’t fall prey to the various marketing schemes of newer translations.
  • …Confusion.  Confusion is the result of having conflicting authorities. When the KJV is your final authority, confusion will end.
  • …Worldly psychology. The KJV has everything you need to know pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).

2. Jesus Christ is ALL sufficient. Jesus is everything I need (2 Cor. 9:8; 12:9). “Ye are COMPLETE in him” (Col. 2:10). This truth will free you from…

  • …“My problems are beyond hope.”
  • …Discontentment and worry.

3. When Jesus saved me, He forgave ALL my sins (1 John 1:7). This truth will free you from…

  • …the guilt of the past.
  • …insecurity. I am eternal secure!

4. Any treatment I encounter on earth is better than I deserve (Ezra 9:13). This truth will free you from…

  • …Free from bitterness; depression; being offended.

5. I exist to please God (Rev. 4:11). This truth will free you from…

  • …a life without purpose.
  • …the fear of man.

6. God owns everything and I am His steward (1 Chron. 29:11-14). This truth will free you from…

  • …materialism and financial bondage.

7. I am accepted in the beloved (Eph. 1:6).  This truth will free you from fears of rejection. Feelings of rejection come from the devil. It is one of his lies to prevent you from being happy. My happiness is not determined on your acceptance of me.  Neither is it determined upon my own self-acceptance.

  • If I am accepted in the beloved, where else do I need acceptance?
  • If I am accepted in the heaven, where else do I need acceptance?
  • If Jesus loves me, it doesn’t matter if anyone else loves me or not!
  • Then basis of our acceptance is not our clothes; our money; our personality; or our color. These things don’t matter if we are accepted by Jesus!

How The Devil Disguises His Lies

Why hath Satan hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? (Acts 5:3)

Nothing is more important in your thought life than TRUTH.  Truth is liberating (John 8:32)!  Untruth leads to bondage. The reason so many people are in bondage to fear… anger… depression… bitterness… etc is they are believing Satan’s lies instead of believing what God says is true.

The battleground is your mind and thought life (2 Cor. 10:3-5).  It starts when you entertain wrong thoughts. These false thoughts are Satan’s lies that lead to spiritual bondage.

Satan is shrewd. He disguises his lies so they go undeteDevilcted.  He will suggest a false thought to your mind and deceive you into thinking the thought is your own, and not from Satan.  For example, Ananias and Sapphira got an idea to sell some property and give a portion of the money to the church, but pretend they were giving the entire selling price.  They thought this plan to keep “back part of the price” was their own personal plan (Acts 5:2). But Peter detected this was a strategy of Satan (Acts 5:3). That is one of Satan’s most effective strategy’s—Mask his temptations in the guise of your own thoughts.

You see this strategy again in the case when Satan provoked David to  David to number Israel (1 Chron. 21:1).  David thought this was his own idea when it really came from Satan. If he knew this was Satan’s plan he wouldn’t have done it!

Beware of Satan’s lies.  They will often come to you wearing a “mask”— The mask of yourself!  The only way to detect the devil’s lies is by confronting them with truth.

 

Lights In The Darkness

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. —Philippians 2:15

We live in a very dark world. Spiritually, the only light in this world is the light of God’s Word and the light of believers as they reflect the light of Christ.

I enjoy going for a early morning walk around our neighborhood before the sun comes up.  It is dark and the only light is what shines from porch lights on houses along our street.  If it were not for these porch lights it would be almost impossible to see the street.

I thought to myself, Christians are like these porch lights.  We shine in the darkness of this world to shed some light on the pathway so people can find their way.

As the little chorus goes, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”  Keep shining for Jesus so someone can find their way!