(I know that some of this repeats from past blogs, but I feel God pressing this on me…)
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slaveto sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
I have found that for every struggle and every emotion that we face in our lives, God’s Word has an absolute truth that will set us free. Here are five major ones. There are hundreds more.
1. Eternal Security
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:15-17
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:9-11
The truth of eternal security will eliminate, not only the fear of death, but also many of the “what ifs” in life. It will give us the courage to press on, when we may otherwise shrink back in fear. It gives us the permission to cry out to our Daddy God with the promise that He will hear us, and He will answer us…in an acceptable time. He cares about us, and He cares about everything that matters to us. He has given us everything that His Son, Jesus, is entitled to. We have been adopted as joint heirs to Christ – sons and daughters of the Most-High God of all the universe. Amazing truth!
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. I Corinthians 6:19-20
For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 1 Timothy 6:7
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
If we look at our lives through the truth that everything belongs to God, and we are simply stewards of it, we will have a much easier time letting go, when He asks us to. We need to hold onto His gifts with open hands, not clenched fists. Sacrificial obedience is a true sign of our faith in God. Ultimately, perspective is everything…Is it mine or His? If we believe this truth, we will find contentment.
3. God’s Sovereignty
Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles?’ Isaiah 45:9
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Job 38:1-4 (see entire chapter)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose…He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:28, 32
Even many Christians do not like this truth. God can do whatever He sees fit. Sometimes, we don’t feel that is fair. However, God does all things for our good and for His glory. If we learn to trust in this truth, we will let go of anger, bitterness, and envy. We will no longer have a need to question All-Mighty God. We will find a peace and joy that passes all of our understanding. We are happy to abide in His will, no matter what, because it is better than the alternative. His control is our comfort.
4. Redemption of our Brokenness
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:6-18
This truth makes everything worth the wait and worth the energy. It allows us a patience to handle things that might otherwise cause frustration, because of the thought that “it’s just not worth it.” Everything that God asks us to do is “worth it!” He will make all things beautiful in HIS time. He will redeem your pain and suffering.
5. Victory Declared
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25
Unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us… Ephesians 3:20
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Believing this truth will allow us to live a confident and fulfilled life in Christ. We will not find ourselves getting discouraged at the trials and tribulations that we face each day, but rather, we will find ourselves full of hope for what is to come. We will find ourselves joyful and thankful during difficult circumstances, not just after they pass.
The truth will set us free, but first, it will make us really uncomfortable.
– Pastor Jim Murphy
Open your heart to allow God to impress the truths of His word upon you, and though it is often painful and humbling to go through the refining fire, you will ultimately find a freedom you could never imagine. Don’t let the paradox keep you from finding rest for your soul.