John 8:31-32…Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Beloved this statement in these two verses joined together is addressed to everyone of us that believed on Him. Why is the world in such a chaotic situation today? Why are we hearing disaster upon disaster? The answer to these questions are found in the statement above. The believers of today are not disciples indeed, they do not practice the word. They do not even know the word of God. They have bibles which they do not read talk less of study. They go to church with their bibles which are only for use as reference on Sundays. During the weekdays, they do not have the time to open it. Some of them depend on their cellphones which they use to read whatever the scripture of the day that props up. They continue this way throughout the week. Time is never at their disposal to use to read and study the word. The unfortunate thing is that I was like this before. I discovered I was getting weaker and weaker in my knowledge of the word. I was still very active in the church , I even went for weekly Bible study, Sunday service, but I was not devoting any time to my own personal study of the word. The feeling I had inside of me was feeling of inadequacy. I was also quick to complain or judge or condemn person of any wrong. It is later I realized I was not feeding my spirit with its food. The word of God is truly all we need to be set free from every form of bondage. The reason why many of us are in bondage of sin or sickness is because we do not dwell in the word of God. How do we know the truth if we do not find time to know what is in the bible? John 14 : 6 says , “And Jesus saith unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes unto the Father but by me” Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. This is to say that if you do not believe in Jesus, you cannot get to the Father. So believing Jesus and all He came to do opens the way to you to enter the kingdom of God (heaven) at the end of your sojourn here on Earth. Why is this so? Because sinners cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus (the Truth) came to set us free from the guilt of sin by dying on the cross of Calvary. My sins that are many and uncountable were wiped out the day I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ, and I was now given the gift of eternal life with Jesus. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” So this is the Truth that can set you free from total separation from God at the end. Those that still carry the guilt of their sins will be condemned to death and will end up in Hell fire. That is the truth in the Word of God because those who believe there are other ways to enter into the kingdom of God are deceiving themselves. Nobody knows what lies beyond the grave except what the Bible says. If you do not believe this, then you are in bondage to unbelieving , and it is only the word of God that can set you free so that you do not end up in Hell fire.
The warning in the scripture of today is addressed to those who believed already that Jesus came to save them from their sins. But the believers must continue to dwell on his word to receive strength to stay pure. This is because the prince of this world, Satan does not want us to be free from sin, so he comes in with different kinds of tactics so that we enter into sin again. The Bible says, he is a Liar, and the father of lies. Jesus is the Truth, devil is a Liar. If you do not bury yourself in the word (God’s word), devil will feed you with his lies It is only Light that we can use to dispel darkness. therefore dwelling on the word of God will expose Satan to you and you will learn to recognize his useless tricks and you will then be empowered to stay away from sin. As part of his useless tricks, he can cause sickness or affliction, and the word of God tells us how to deal with such things. There are so many scriptures that when you confess them you will receive your healing. This is the reason why the truth of the word of God will set you free. Believers are supposed to enjoy Jesus Christ here on planet Earth because the word of God says “the thief (Satan) comes to kill, to steal and to destroy but I am (Jesus) come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10). Those believers that are held captive by Satan, for whatever reason can be set free by the word of God because I John 3:8 b says, “For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.” Colossians says, He (Jesus) is the head of all principality and power” (2:10). Therefore if you continue to dwell on the word of God, you will live with fear of God, and you will be free form every form of bondage, and you will be blameless and spotless child of God. THE TRUTH YOU KNOW WILL SET YOU FREE.
Prayer…Lord give me the grace to study your word so that I can be set free from every bondage.