What Does it Mean to be Free?

Key verse

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32 NIV



John 8:32 is one of the most widely quoted verses. Yet, to this day, I’m not sure how many people really understand what it is saying. I remember when I first heard that verse. I was super excited and thought that I had discovered gold. I remember reciting it over and over saying, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” I thought I knew the truth. I thought I was free, but I didn’t understand the true meaning—the real meat and potatoes of freedom. When we are born again, something inside us transforms into something new. Maybe you have heard this scripture:

 
When we are born again, something inside us transforms into something new.
 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

What does it mean to be set free? To be set free implies that something outside of you or your control has come and freed you, as when a prisoner is set free by his captors. Jesus came to us to set us free. Because of His love, we can be free of guilt, sin, and shame that the enemy uses against us. When we are set free, we are the ones who let go of everything. We release all the old things, and God makes us new.

Prayer

Father, I pray that we are steadfast in our daily lives. Help us to constantly stay in the Word and abide in You. Because of what You did for me, I am free of all guilt, shame, sin, and death. In You I have life. I know the truth, and I choose to be set free.

Questions:

Are you living free?

Have you let go of what's keeping you from the comforts of God's presence?

What's one thing you can set yourself free of today?


Behind the Devo

with Pastor Matt & Pastor Damian


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