“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 HCSB
Recently, two members of my church were rocked with tragedy when they received news of the suicide of their grandson. Like many of you he was a teenager—a young man with many years ahead of him. Like many of you, there were good moments and bad moments in his life. And like many of you, he struggled with the very real danger of demonic deception.
What did Jesus mean when He said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”? Certainly, that statement applies to salvation, but it goes beyond that. Freedom isn’t only necessary for the unbeliever, but for the believer as well. Freedom is not a onetime occurrence. You don’t become a believer, get free, and then go about your business. Freedom is a continual process. “You mean I can be a believer and still be in bondage?” Yes. Do you have a porn addiction? Do you become angry and enraged for no rational reason? Do you receive pleasure from gossip? Are you rude or mean when you don’t want to be? Are you drowning in depression or living in fear? Do you contemplate suicide? Even believers need freedom, because freedom is not the absence of bad circumstances, or influences, or pain. Freedom is the presence of God.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The only power that Satan really has is the power to deceive and the power of the believer is in knowing the truth. The only way to get free and stay free is to pursue the truth that sets us free. And from the Bible, we learn that the truth is a person. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6a HCSB). When we are pursuing Jesus and entering into the presence of His Holy Spirit, we experience freedom. It’s a continual process, not a onetime event. You can’t get free and walk away. Freedom is a reality that only exists in His presence.
Remember, God is everywhere, so you can enter into His presence wherever you are. Continue to seek the truth, continue to pursue His presence, and always be filled with the Holy Spirit. Stop focusing on your circumstances and set your gaze on Jesus. When you do, you will soon find yourself walking in freedom.
To see how shifting your focus from the deception of circumstances to the truth of Jesus will usher in freedom, read this testimony.