There’s freedom in embracing the truth
God loves you and He has an amazing plan for your life. He wants you to be happy and He wants to bless you, but there’s so much more to His plans and purposes for you than that. First and foremost, God wants a personal relationship with each of us. And He wants us to partner with Him in sharing His love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know Him.
He wants us to care about them, to pray for them, and to show them His love and what it means to really be a Christian. I had never been ready to witness for Christ until God touched my life in a major way. I knew there had to be more than what I was experiencing in my relationship with Him at that point. God heard my prayer and He did a work in my heart that actually changed my desires so that more than anything else, I wanted to be what He had created me to be.
This is when I got really serious about studying the Bible, and I discovered the key to having true freedom in Christ. I also learnt that there is no freedom in wishing, if you want to do something, plan for it and execute. In the gospel of John 8:31-32, Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” These verses clearly show us that it’s not possible to be free without facing the truth.
It’s important for us to understand what truth really is. Truth is the way things really are—not the way we think they are or would like them to be or wish they were. It’s reality from God’s point of view and it is a central theme in His Word. Jesus is the Word of truth.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and He guides us into all the truth, and as children of God, we belong to the Truth. But if you want to have the freedom to be who God has created you to be and have the life Jesus died for you to have, then you have to face the truth. And it starts by facing the truth about yourself. I know about this from personal experience, because when I started studying the Word, the Holy Spirit went to work in my life.
Most of the time we are consumed by self-deception that we cannot be the cause of hurts and problems, it’s always about others offending us, hurting us; I for so long thought I was okay and the others were not, it didn’t even occur to me that I could be the problem.
Until God shows you that your attitudes and behaviours are not right, you will be stuck with the YOU for long. We need to face the truth about ourselves so that we could have freedom from sin and the things that keep us from the love, peace, wisdom and joy that God has for us in Christ.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians chapter 3 verses 18 that as we look into God’s Word and we are constantly being transfigured into His very own image, from one degree of glory to another. But each day as I spent time with God in prayer and studying His Word, I made progress little by little.
You know, sometimes we hide things in our hearts that are hard to face or deal with. And when we don’t deal with them, they cause problems in our relationships and steal the joy from our daily lives. But God wants us to invite Him—the Spirit of Truth—into our hearts to deal with us…to reveal the truth so we can be set free.
I want to encourage you not to settle for anything less than the best life Christ has for you. If you’re ready to do that, then I kindly ask you to repeat this prayer with me: “Heavenly father, I don’t know much about you, but I want you to reveal yourself to me. Shed your light into my life and let me know what really is inside me that is not pleasing to you. Help me know your truth because it will set me free. I ask all this in Jesus’ name”. Now get ready, because God wants to reveal Truth to you and make you everything He’s created you to be!
The author is a graduate of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.