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JM’s Journal: The Truth Will Set You Free


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The Truth Will Set You Free

Embracing Freedom from Sin

by J.M. Troppello


The truth is the truth. However, in today’s culture, speaking ‘your truth’ has been embraced over what the actual truth is. I have told lies before. I freely admit that. I’m not proud of those moments in my life. Yet, I’m thankful for my life before Christ and my life after Christ. That has shown me who I was without Him being Lord of my life as compared to Him being the Lord of my life.


31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (John 8:31-34, NKJV)

You’ve likely heard people say that the truth will set you free. If you’ve ever wondered where those words came from, they were spoken by Jesus when He was talking to Jewish people who believed in Him – and He was discussing abiding in the Word and being set free from sin.


Abiding in God’s Word


You are a disciple of the Lord when you abide in His Word daily and seek to learn from it – and then apply the truth to your life. Jesus said it specifically in verse 31 that if they would simply abide in His Word, they would be His disciples. He further expressed that they would then know the truth and that the truth would make them free.


Do you feel free when you are walking in your flesh and ignoring God’s Word? Or do you feel free when you are abiding in His Word?


I know that I definitely don’t feel free when I’m ignoring God’s leading and living in my own way. However, when I trust in God’s leading, read and apply His Word to my life, and abide in His presence, I do feel that freedom.


Those Jewish people said that they were Abraham’s descendants and that they hadn’t been in bondage to anyone. They didn’t understand how Jesus said to them that they would be made free.


I love Jesus’s response. It’s so straightforward and true. He said that if anyone sins, they are a slave of sin. He compared the slave to a son. He said that the slave wouldn’t live in the house forever, but the son would. Jesus is the Son of God. Through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, He paved the way for restoration to God – because sin needed to be dealt with once and for all.


If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior – and acknowledge what He did for you by his death and resurrection – then you are now a child of God. The Son of God has made you free! You are now free indeed!


Of course, that does not give you a license to continue to walk in your flesh and sin each day. You and I are going to mess up. However, we need to confess those sins to God in Jesus’s name – and ask Him for help to fully embrace our status as a new creation in Christ Jesus.


There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be [b]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the [c]carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:1-11, NKJV)

There is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. However, that statement prefaces the fact that there is no condemnation for those who are not walking according to their flesh, but who are walking according to the Spirit. There is freedom in Christ from sin. It has no more hold on you. When you mess up, go to God and ask His forgiveness, then move on. That’s where the no condemnation part comes in – when you confess your sins to God, He forgets them. You need to move on in victorious living as a Christian and not be feeling condemned for those confessed sins.


What do you think about the truth and how this world has changed that meaning to your truth and my truth – no longer just the truth?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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