In John 8:31-32, Jesus tells us,
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
In John 14:6, during the last supper with his disciples, Jesus tells Thomas and those listening,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
As an “overcomer” through Jesus, I am reminded of the days in my addiction when I willingly lived a lie. An addict plays a game in their own mind, changing reality to suit their own addicted fantasy. This game allows them to remain in their addiction, living in complete deception.
Living a lie produces nothing except a deeper rut that will eventually become a grave.
The One who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” is also the One who said, “…And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus does not say that the truth may set you free.
He says that the truth will set you free.
Jesus tells us the way to both gain and retain the truth. After his last supper with his disciples, Jesus was crucified and buried, but that was not the end. He rose again to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
In John 16:12-13 Jesus tells his disciples before he leaves the earth, “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth…” Jesus had to leave so the Spirit of truth could come (John 16:7) to dwell within us.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your Holy Spirit who guides and leads us to the real, genuine TRUTH…JESUS, our protector, provider, and healer of our addictions, bad behaviors, and anything else that interferes with our relationship with HIM.