Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
We call upon the name of the Lord for a lot of different reasons. We come to Him in prayer to get answers, to find direction, to heal our bodies and our minds, and sometimes just to listen. Just to listen is what’s on my heart as I write this. Sometimes, that’s the most powerful time in prayer we have with the Lord. We quiet our hearts and have conversation with the Lord and He simply listens.
In my almost 59 years of life, I’ve had people that I have held close to me. Certainly my family, but there has been others that I would call close friends. And I have shared my most intimate thoughts with. I remember my Dad. I could talk to him and share anything that I was facing. And he would just listen. No matter what the conversation was about, Dad never judged, but listened. When I was done, he would speak. He would speak to me with a quiet voice and tell me what he thought. There were times I didn’t like what he had to say, but more often than not, he was correct and I would be challenged to change. I would need to change my thought processes or change the way I was living.
Jesus Christ is the same in that when we pray and share our most intimate thoughts, He listens and then offers us His Word. He challenges us. Sometimes we need to change how we think and how we live. Sometimes His Word gives us that sense that in Him we have hope. And His Word always leads us to the truth and that truth sets us free.
Knowing the truth in Christ sets a person free. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John: NKJV) Jesus Christ and His Word are the trustworthy foundation for life because He speaks the truth and is utterly reliable and consistent in His character, His revelation of Himself, and His promises. So when I open up my heart to Him in prayer, I know that I will receive all of who Jesus is. He will speak truth into my life; “I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’; I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” (Isaiah 45:19 NKJV)
Jesus Christ, our deliverer, is always ready to listen to us. He is always ready to pour out His truth to us. He is always ready to teach us. Unwillingness to receive His truth leads to spiritual darkness. It’s a matter of choice. Do we believe and grow or do we cast His truth aside and live on our own.
Friend, the word of God stresses the need for us to remain or abide in Christ. The reality of this close personal relationship with Jesus Christ is expressed in our obedience in His Word. There were times when I didn’t like what my earthly father had to tell me when I opened my heart to him. And there are times when God’s Word leads me to a place of conviction when I open my heart to the Lord. But every time I submit myself to God’s teaching, He delivers me from what I am facing. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)
Dear Lord, thank You for listening to us when we come to You. Thank You that Your Word is truth and in it is the power to set us free. Lead us Holy Spirit into all truth so that we may walk in Your ways. Forgive us, Lord, when we hear Your Word and ignore it and walk in our own ways. May we again turn toward You and hear what You are saying. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!