For Day 16 of our 31 days of supernatural encounters (series index here), we are talking about breaking free.
Read: John 8:31-32
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.'”
In every Kingdom journey, there will be multiple moments of decision in which we must face the truth.
This is hard to do sometimes. It can be hard because:
- Decisions can be hard; or
- We may have to deny our flesh; or
- We don't want to disappoint other people.
Truth can be hard because, occasionally, we much prefer the lie.
- We prefer lies that tell us everything is just fine.
- We prefer lies that tell us that we don't have to change; God's got it covered, with no action on our part.
- We even prefer lies that tell us we are right–despite God's Word, sound wisdom, and wise counsel all telling us otherwise.
We like lies sometimes … and this is a very sad thing.
Joyce Meyer says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. But it's not the truth about someone else that will set you free; it's the truth about YOU that will set you free!”
Sometimes, Joyce is right. Truth about ourselves will definitely set us free.
But I completely disagree with the other half of Joyce's statement.
Her intention is good. However, sometimes it IS the truth about someone else …
… or the truth about something else …
… or the truth about a situation …
… that will set you free.
Basically, it's just TRUTH that we need.
Jesus is into truth in every way. He is, after all, THE Truth.
John 14:6 says:
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
And when Jesus said that, He didn't qualify it. He didn't say He is the Truth only about yourself. He didn't say He is the Truth only about Himself. He simply said He is the Truth.
And since Truth is who He is, it follows that He wants us to walk in full knowledge of the truth about everything. However, if we are to obey God and walk in truth, we can't drink proverbial Kool-Aid.
What do I mean by “Kool-Aid?”
In American English, “Kool-Aid” is not just a children's drink. The term has become a slang term referring to lies. Deception. Brainwashing.
“Kool-Aid” is the stuff people feed you that is not really true, but that people want you to believe–just because they said so.
It's “Kool-Aid” when:
- Your boyfriend tells you he loves you, and that he won't hit you again … so he wants you to stay with him.
- You are sleeping with someone and you think they are going to marry you, because they keep saying they will … but they are really just using you for sex.
- People tell you to accept anything you hear from a certain person because, after all, they have XYZ title (or work for XYZ TV network). (Oooh, she's gone to meddlin' now.) 🙂
- People tell you that God will work it all out and you don't have to do anything. (Hint: If you've been praying a long time and no breakthrough has happened, it's probably because God is waiting for YOU to do something.)
- People tell you that it's not okay to notice if something is wrong with any situation.
Kool-Aid can happen in business; in politics; in churches; in friendships; in marriages; and in any other situation you can think of.
But if you want to be free, you can't drink Kool-Aid. You must see things as they really are.
And sometimes this requires us to take a good, Holy Spirit-inspired look at reality.
Looking at reality isn't hard to do; we just have to be willing. But once we are willing, it's usually pretty easy to see reality–because Holy Spirit has usually been showing us things for a long time before we ever come around to admitting it.
But then, as soon as we surrender to Him enough to open our eyes, the truth stares us in the face.
Sometimes it's the truth about a relationship we need to dump today.
Sometimes it's the truth about a boundary we need to put up.
Sometimes it's truth about an action we need to take–without which ain't nothin' gonna change, beloved.
I could probably name a thousand situations that require us to take a good, hard look at truth. But more importantly, I'll bet that you could too.
What truth has been needling at the back of your mind that you haven't wanted to acknowledge lately?
Holy Spirit is all over all of us, and He is the Spirit of Truth. John 16:13 says:
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Holy Spirit's role is to guide each of us into all truth. He's always on His job, too. Always at work. So what's He telling you?
More importantly, what has He been saying that you haven't been willing to listen to?
Whatever it is, it's time to do business with God about it today. It's time to stop drinking the devil's Kool-Aid, or people's Kool-Aid, or culture's Kool-Aid. And it's time to follow God, so you can be free.
“Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, thank You for Your Holy Spirit of truth who lives in me.
Father, I confess that I have been sensing Holy Spirit convicting me about the truth in ______ situation. But I haven't wanted to listen.
Father, please forgive me for shutting off my ears to Your voice. Please forgive me for ignoring You, and for disobeying You.
I choose to obey You now, Father. I choose to listen and admit I hear what You're telling me. I receive Your guidance and correction, and I will follow You now. Please help me to do what You're telling me to do this very day.
Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name, amen.”
Listen to Brian and Jenn Johnson sing “Where You Go I Go,” and pray it back to Father God as you submit to His correction and guidance in your life.
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