Monday – March 19, 2018 – Freedom Emerges From Truth.
John 16:7 (NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
John 8:32 (NIV) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
You can always rely on Jesus telling you the truth. He is the truth and there is no lie in Him. The opposite can be said of Satan. John 8:44b (NIV) … He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
You cannot find a greater contrast anywhere than the contrast between Jesus and Satan. Jesus is the truth and tells the truth. Satan is a liar and tells lies. Jesus is obvious in the truth He tells, while Satan is very crafty in his lies. Christians need to learn to make critical distinctions because of how subtle the lies of Satan can be.
Jesus was straight forward when He said that the truth is what sets you free. Our modern society does not believe that because they have bought the lie of Satan about freedom. Jesus says that freedom emerges from truth, while Satan says that truth emerges from freedom. In other words, you decide what you want the truth to be and that is the only way that you can be free. However, defining your own reality leads to ruin. I would love to be able to fly, but the problem is that I do not have wings. If I were to climb to the top of a cliff and jump off with my arms flapping, believing them to be wings, I would come to ruin. I would be dead, and Satan would be full of glee, because I had bought into his lie about freedom. Believing that you can live without constraints will enable Satan to murder you, and that is what his goal has been from the beginning.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I am grateful that You have come along side of me to help me in my combat with the enemy and thank you Jesus that You sent Him to do that. It is only through the Holy Spirit’s guidance that we can discern the truth from the subtle lies of Satan.