Being Truly Free

3 07 2020

Have you ever seen a day when people are so emotionally engaged and divided over the issues in our country? People are arguing over the validity of COVID-19, whether you have to wear masks or not, what we can and not do according to our government directives, and what is racism? Who do you believe and what are the facts? Never have we been so divided by our feelings and prejudices. Social and public media seem to be the driving forces in our culture and not the objective truth. 

Jesus made this remarkable statement, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn.8:32). It seems that more than ever this statement would apply to today. Only the truth will set us free from the hate and prejudice, the lies and misunderstandings that are being thrown around. We need to find a place of solid fact, the surety of absolute truth and a knowing that will raise us above the sea of swirling emotions. Where is that place? 

It is only in a person named Jesus where surety, a solid footing for life can be found. Jesus also said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6). He is everything having to do with our existence. He is the Way in our journey through the turbulent times. He is the Truth that we can rely on when all else seems biased, and He is the Life that everyone is intended to live. But how does that work? Do we try to practice WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) to imitate Him in everything or do we follow the principles in the Bible, thinking they are His guidelines for being like Him? All these practices are still left to interpretation and bias. There must be a more intrinsic, more intimate way to find that place in Jesus. 

God says when we come to Jesus, we must be thirsty; we must want to eat and drink of Him; we must want to trade everything to really know Him. He can then be all that we are, our own heart, the center of our desires, thoughts, and emotions. We are meant to feel His love, His passions, and to know His thoughts, having His mind in us. In this way no one will tell us what to think or know. We will just know. 

All these are aspects of knowing and being in Jesus. And the amazing thing is, we don’t have to try to do those things because we already have them planted in our hearts where Jesus lives. Do you have a question about your life, what to do, what to believe? Check your heart. 

“On this behalf am I bowing my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ..that He may be giving you…to be made staunch with power, through His spirit, in the man within,..Christ to dwell in your hearts through faith,..” (Eph. 3:14-17 Concordant Version).

The knowing in your heart will set you free from the lies, prejudices, and changing emotions. Be free in Jesus! 

Happy Fourth!


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