The Truth Sets You Free
By Rick Warren
— July 3, 2012
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
Read this as a prayer today:
Jesus, you are the Truth, and the Truth sets me free. You are the Truth, and your Truth lives in me.
I clothe myself in your Truth, Jesus, putting on the coat of a new self, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV). You are “the way and the truth and the life,” and I am connected to God through you and you alone (John 14:6 NIV). Because of you, I know the Truth about who I am and I know that your life is working in me (Galatians 2:20).
Truth enables me to discern and reject the lies of the enemy. Your Truth demolishes arguments and pretensions that are at war with the knowledge of God. In your Truth, I will “take captive every thought” and make it obedient to you (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV). With your Truth, I will teach these thoughts to obey you, King Jesus (suggested by 2 Corinthians 10:5 MSG).
Your Truth says I’m forgiven, I’m loved by my Creator, and I’m God’s child, beloved and empowered by the Spirit of Truth.
The Truth enables me to respond to your direction. I can trust your leadership, I can trust your commands, and I can trust your plans because you are the Truth.
I will leave it up to you to interpret the facts and determine the truth of any situation. I will let your Truth make the decisions, and then I will obey and leave the consequences in your loving, truth-filled hands.
All the decisions are yours to make. Because you are Truth, I can respond in the Truth in all situations; I am no longer a slave to my emotions.
Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals. He is also the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’.
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