THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE





14JUL18


The video camera panned to a little girl, it was her 4th birthday! To celebrate, she was at Wednesday night, Bible Adventures, with her church friends singing her little heart out to Jesus. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, BUT! BY! ME!’” The little girl sang loud & proud progressing to emphasizing those last three words with shouting.


As the years advanced, the little girl couldn’t sing anymore. She was too shy & embarrassed. She didn’t feel good enough or accepted. Her hope & trust in Jesus had disappeared in the painful abyss of feeling rejected by others, her family, herself, & God.


She knew in John 8:32 the Bible said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” but she didn’t feel the freedom God promised, only trapped & alone. She had lost the truth of the gospel & instead traded it for the lies of the enemy.


“Jesus, is there a safe place this little girl can go?” Pastor Greg had me ask in his counseling office years later. Immediately I saw God’s hand descend into my childhood backyard. My mom’s beautiful flowers surrounded a winding sidewalk and in the distance I could see my dad’s garden flourishing. I walked in the radiant sunshine among the sweet aroma of the flowers and stepped into my Father’s hand where no one could pluck me out (John 10:29). The little girl was safe. Her hope & trust was restored. She could sing her little heart out again to Jesus!





But what about those pesky lies that seemed true?


A wonderful Christian lady I met recently, Merry Hamrick, once said, “Lies are layered over our pain so that the lies feel true.” Lies can appear in our minds as: “I am all alone;” “I am not good enough;” “Nobody understands me;” “I can’t trust God;” “I am hopeless;” “I will never change;” and the list goes on & on. These lies from the enemy are layered over pain like rejection, abandonment, neglect, pressure to perform, depression, or anxiety making them feel real & true. The devil hits our pain with lies to steal our hope & trust in God. He twists the truth to make it seem real because he is the father of lies (John 8:44).


However, the truth is in Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Jesus gives us access to the Father. Jesus is the only Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. He sets us free from the bondage of sin. We are free to be with the Father because of Jesus. This was His original intent: to be with Him.


Being with Him means He understands us & cares about our circumstances. He is sympathetic to our pain because he has felt the same pain. As you read the next passage, ask God to let the truth of what Jesus did for us on the cross reach your heart.


Isaiah 53:3-5 “He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.”


By Jesus’ death on the cross we find true freedom through forgiveness. He took on our sorrows & griefs because He knew we couldn’t bear them on our own.


I encourage you to ask Jesus, “Is there a safe place I can go?” We all need a safe place to escape this harsh world and spend time with Jesus & talk with Him. “We need moments to steal away from the chaos of the world in order to reconnect with the great narrative of God that promises hope for all creation…We need to find the peaceful harbors of silence to pray and commune with God so that we are not overwhelmed by the chaos around us. In these moments of peace we remember that God is indeed with us, we belong to him, and that he will stay with us as we pass through the waters.” [1] It’s also ok to ask Jesus when you are with Him, “Jesus, what do you think of me?” And just wait & listen for the truth.




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