The formula for freedom is contained in the words of Jesus. “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jo. 8:31-32). If truth equals freedom then the antithesis is also true, lies equal bondage. Jesus testified of Himself and His testimony was confirmed by His Father. He is the Truth. It is logical to conclude, then, if our lives are filled with bondage, we are hooked on lies. Our life will be filled with pain and dysfunction, abuse and defeat.
The first and most persuasive evidence that “false truth” is operating in a believer’s life is bondage. Bondages are not always easily identified as many go excused and unnoticed because of their familiarity. We have become used to and adapted to the adjustments we’ve made to survive or cope, or get by.
Those activities, both legal and illegal, come out of our attempt to fill a need in our life. Any of those needs met using a lie will bring us into bondage. As the lie is believed and embraced, it begins to grow. As it grows, it overtakes us and we come under the control of fear and the lie.
Believing the lie gives the Enemy permission to operate in our lives. The members of our body, our mouth, our brain, our immune system; our soul, all come under the Enemy’s persuasion. As the lies go unchallenged, a Stronghold is built. We are trapped in our own lives and held hostage by the Strongman, (Matt. 12:29) who has come to plunder our house. The Liar’s sets up his regime and begins to broadcast fear and anxiety over the air waves of our mind and heart and we are bound. His propaganda contaminates our soul and sedates our spirit.
So fighting the good fight begins with us allowing the Holy Spirit to bring us under the instruction of Truth. We must let go of the old mindsets and belief systems and emotional baggage and experiential filters. Only then will we be able to discern the plots and escape the snares satan has set for us.
God has called us to walk in the Spirit being “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”, (Col. 1:9), that we “may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Col. 1:10).
Walking in the truth brings forth the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, and freedom. Only then can we go on to fight the good fight of faith as we are “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified s to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” (Col.1:11-12).
The joy of the Lord is and will be our strength, (Neh.8:10), in the dark days ahead, even as it was for Jesus Himself when He “endured the cross”, (Heb. 12:2), “for the joy that was set before Him.” So be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
VERSE TO PONDER:
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jo.8:31-32)
Dear Lord Jesus, cause me to abide in Your Word, and may I eat it as my daily food, for the nourishment of my soul and as the strength of my life.