Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32)
In this week of July 4, freedom is front and center of our national consciousness. Rightly so. The independence of the U.S. is being celebrated, and the contributions of the giants on whose shoulders we stand is being recognized. It’s a worthy celebration.
However, I’m thinking this morning about another aspect of freedom, critical at both a personal and a national level. My main focus here will be on the former. Without this key ingredient, real freedom is not possible. I’m talking about TRUTH.
Without the facts, you cannot genuinely solve a problem. Minus the understanding of a person’s true thoughts and needs, it’s difficult to build a deep relationship. Unless you have a foundation of truth, it’s next to impossible to build a life worth living.
However, you have an enemy who does all he can to keep you from truth, for he would love nothing more than to enslave you. (Most of all, he wants to keep you from Jesus,Who is The Truth.) Satan is an expert cunning deceiver. He is a liar and the father of lies. He skillfully whispers just enough “facts” mixed with lies to be believable. Anyone knows that the best propaganda techniques have enough truth to sound credible. But truth mixed with a lie is a lie. And a lie is shifting sand on which to build anything.
Are the situations in your life strangely chaotic, and you find yourself doing the same things over and over with disappointing results? Have you chased goals and maybe even achieved many of them, but you still feel little satisfaction?
Then maybe it’s time to dig a little. Do you have the courage to question your assumptions? Are you willing to take the time to ask the people with whom you are in relationshp and listen openly to the answers? Can you open your heart to the perceptions of others about you? Do you have the guts to ask yourself piercing questions about even the life priorities that you should be pursuing?
The good news is, you don’t have to do this alone. The Holy Spirit is ever-so-present and willing to help you and to comfort you when you are first digesting the possibly painful answers. You’ll also need a supernatural power to ACT on the truths that you discover, and the Spirit of God is on your job for that, too!
Wouldn’t it be great to be on track with what is really right for you and for those you love? Well, that involves first identifying the tracks via the facts.
One little caution. Jesus was correct when He said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” However, first it could tick you off!
But it is so worth it to build on a foundation of truth!
Lord, teach me Your Truth from Your Word. I know that no matter what it looks like or feels like, Your principles prevail as truth. Then, give me the courage to seek the truth aboout myself so that You can grow me up and equip me to be more effective in serving You and serving others. Thank You, Lord, for the freedom of truth.