To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:31-32 NIV
The Bible says that truth can set us free. Biblical truth applied to our lives sets us free from numerous strongholds in our lives. But how do we find this truth and what does it look like? A close look at the passage above indicates that we will know the truth if we study and apply the teachings of Jesus to our lives.
Jesus' teachings can be found throughout the entire Bible. His conversations and prayers are recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Doctrines passed on to the disciples and other followers are captured in all of the New Testament. Because Jesus is also God as part of the Trinity, we can also find Jesus' teachings in all of the Old Testament. In essence, every word of our Bible represents what Jesus taught.
Jesus says in John 8:31-32 that those who study and carry out His teachings are His disciples. Stated another way, those who do not, are not. We need to remember that experiential moments with God should not replace the Truth of God in our lives. Feelings fade, facts remain. After all, Jesus did not say that "feeling" the truth would set us free, did He? He said that if we know the truth, we would be set free. He even told us how to find it. I'm glad He did.
- What kind of disciple would God say that you are?
- What could you be freed from with a better understanding of God's Word?
- How much time do you spend in God's Word each day? How satisified do you think God is what this amount?
NOTE: For a related post see my post "Freedom With Truth"
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.