November 2, 2020
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:32 (NLT)
On the battlefield, commanders employ many intelligence-gathering systems to gain “ground truth.” We need this accurate information in order to make sound tactical decisions. Good decisions save lives. Spiritually speaking, knowing the Truth is even more crucial. Why? The only part of life that crosses the threshold between this world and the next is the human soul. Eternity is a long time. Where you spend it all depends on really knowing the Truth.
The thing is, there are a lot of truths out there that won’t set you free. You could read all the latest self-help books, but that won’t really set you free.
The only truth that sets you free is the truth of God’s Word: John 8:32 says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” A lot of people can quote this verse, but not everyone acknowledges that it’s talking about the Word of God.
If knowing God’s Word is the only way to be free, then you’ve got to make reading and studying the Word a priority in your life. You’ve got to feed your mind on the truth of God’s Word.
King David understood how important God’s Word is. There was a time when he had so many enemies that he was actually a fugitive. He was running for his life and hiding in caves. But no matter what happened, he fed himself with God’s truth.
Psalm 119:95 is one of the psalms he wrote during this time, and it says, “Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws” (NLT).
When you look around at things in the world, it’s easy to get down. If you scroll through your news feed or watch the news, you’re most likely going to get discouraged. At times things may seem hopeless. But when you fill your mind with the truth of God’s Word, then you will have more hope and a better perspective on your life—even when you’re in the middle of an extremely difficult season.
Psalm 119:97 says “How I love your law! I think about it all day long”. It might be intimidating to try to think about God’s Word all day long. That’s because it doesn’t come naturally to anyone. You might struggle to think about God’s Word even one time in your day, but you need to start somewhere.
Try starting each day with the Word of God. Spend 10 minutes reading the Bible in the morning, and then you can think about what you read throughout your day. And the Holy Spirit will help you recall what you’ve read when you need it in difficult times.
So fill your mind with the Truth of God’s Word, because that’s the only Truth that will set you free.