Daily Devotionals

Forgotten War: Week 7 - Friday

Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, "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." John 8:31-32

We live in a world that doesn't believe in absolute truth. In this Forgotten War, Satan has been working overtime to turn truth into something that is abstract rather than concrete. The place of confusion is exactly where our enemy wants us to be. When it comes to the Bible, we find absolute truths that need to be embraced for those who call themselves followers of Christ. We have to hold onto the truths and grip the Sword of the Spirit tightly to make it through.

Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Think about this principle because it is astronomical. Jesus was saying that if we remain faithful to His teachings, it will set us free to live life to the fullest. This is based on knowing the truths found in the Bible. This is why we as followers of Jesus need to move from saying the words "I think" or "I feel" to "God's word says." God's word remains consistent regardless of the chaos of our culture. If you let public opinion or pop culture govern the way that you think or influence your beliefs, you are on a collision course with an iceberg of despair. But, if you let the truths found in Scripture sink deeply in your soul, you will find a clear path through these difficult waters.

It is also important to note here that the Bible is communicating clear truth. Through studying and working through a passage, you begin to understand there are meaning and application behind the words God inspired. This is why we would encourage you to find a good study Bible that has notes, a dictionary, and concordance in the back. These tools are useful to help you move from what people feel the Bible says, into absolute truth. It also helps in finding out scriptures dealing with everyday life issues: peace, happiness, contentment, financial help, how to fix broken relationships, forgiveness, and purpose. Through having the right tools, you are able to understand better the truths that are found in the Bible.

Do you want to experience freedom and the life God desires for His children? All of your questions and more are answered in the pages of the Bible. Make time for the truth so you can have victory in this Forgotten War.

Moving Toward Action

What tools are you currently using in your study of the Bible? If you have no tools to help you, it might be time for you to purchase a Study Bible. You can get them online or at our Sagebrush Store at the Riverside location. We sell and recommend the New Living Translation Study Bible. If you have Amazon Prime it can be found here. The best way to learn more about the Bible is by getting into a small group. If you would like to get more information about finding a group, please request information by clicking here.

Going Deeper

Read John 8:31-43 (NLT)

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “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.”

“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”

“Our father is Abraham!” they declared.

“No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. No, you are imitating your real father.”

They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”

Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!