"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31,32 NKJV
Freedom. The heart cry of man. Wars are fought for freedom, money is paid for freedom, many wait for freedom.Jesus promises freedom from the power of sin and death. He offers deliverance from our hurts, habits, and hangups.
Notice the above progression of scripture. Jesus spoke to those who believed in him. It is impossible to receive a life in Christ without faith. We all put our faith in someone or something. Jesus said to those that believe in him, he will give everlasting life and favor with God.
Next is abiding in the word of God. Abide, is a word that we do not use very much. It means, to dwell, remain, and continue. The psalmist wrote;
" Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path." Psalms 119:105 NLT
A key to freedom is to not simply visit God's word, the Bible. But to abide in his word.
The Holy Spirit helps us understand and apply God's word to our life, giving us strength for today and hope for tomorrow. The Holy Spirit leads us into the truth of God's word. We are bombarded with lies. We need the word of God to set us free.
Believe in Jesus. Abide in his word. Receive freedom!