John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Knowing the truth is more than having a knowledge of the word of God. When Jesus said in John 8:31-32 ye shall know the truth, he was speaking to those Jews who had already heard the word and believed in Him. Yet, he said to them “ ye shall know the truth”. It meant that up to that point they had not known the truth. The additional requirement that he gave them to knowing the truth is to continue in His words. What that is saying to us is that knowing the truth is primarily about living by the word of God. Certainly, hearing and believing the word of God is part of it, but until we put the word of God into practice, we have not yet known the truth. God expects us to know the truth.
Why is it so important for us to know the truth? In any area of our lives in which we are not living by the word of God we are in bondage. In other words, although we may be Christians, if we are not continuing in His words, we could be bound spiritually, financially and emotionally with that area of our life being under the control of the kingdom of darkness. The prescription given by the scripture to break the bondage is knowing the truth evidenced by living by the word of God. It is why the scripture says “if ye continue in my words ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” What all of this means is that in any area of your life that you feel bound, you do not have to stay bound. You can break free by choosing to consistently keep the word of God.
Life Application: Choose to break free in any area of your life that you feel bound by consistently living by the word of God.
Prayer: Lord, I want to break free from all that has me bound. Break every chain and stronghold over my life. In the name of Jesus, amen.