How The Truth Sets Us Free (guest)

Here is a small part of a post from Michael Young that I follow. I encourage you to follow the link at the end and read the rest of this great post. Check out his site and see some other great posts that he has written.

How the Truth Sets Us Free


“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)

This is a common saying among many believers and non-believers alike. I’ve used it many times. Though, to be honest, I just thought it sounded good…and spiritual. You know, Jesus said it, so it must mean something. But I really never put much thought into it. That is, until I was doing some journaling Sunday afternoon.

I recently started a writing project that I hope will turn into a book. In it, I’m exploring how we can each see Christ working in our very own lives–right there on paper, in black and white–by going through our own lives and looking for Him there. (More on this to come some time later.) Anyway, so I was looking back through my last few months, looking for the ‘fingerprints of God’, and boom! I hit paydirt!

Here is the link to read the rest of the post: How The Truth Sets Us Free


Day 11 – Choosing to be Free From Someone Else’s Shame — Denise Pass

Here is a post from a great blog that I follow. Denise Pass is a worship leader who has some great insights from God to share. Here is one of her posts concerning shame. It is a part of a series that she is doing. Please check out her blog today.

Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 13:13 (NLT) “Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” Shame Rx: Each person bears the shame for their own actions. Watching a […]

via Day 11 – Choosing to be Free From Someone Else’s Shame — Denise Pass

2 Chronicles 9:6 What Is Your Report?

“But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.” 2 Chronicles 9:6

The queen of Sheba had heard reports of the wealth, wisdom and achievements of Solomon. She had a hard time believing the reports, because they were so great. She decided to go and visit Solomon and see for herself. After being shown many things, she realized that all the reports were true, and still did not even tell everything.

The news is constantly filled with reports about people. It is very debatable about how true those reports are, although almost every report does have some element of truth in them, regardless of how bad the report is. Most of the reports are focused on the negative parts of a person’s life, usually some celebrity or politician. They look at what the person did wrong and want to tell everyone about it. Occasionally reports are done in the positive talking about the good someone is doing.

You do not have to be a celebrity to have reports done about you. No matter where you are, there are people who are watching you and will talk about you. Many times this talk is in the form of gossip, which is sinful, but it still happens.

The real question comes down to what are they saying about you?

When a person sees you in church, they probably see a person who loves and worships God, and knows the Bible. That is an easy area to get that type of report.

However, in the life outside the church, what do they see when watching you? Are you one who loses your temper easily? Do you try to cheat and lie about things in life? Do you obey the rules? Are you a hard worker? Does the world even know that you believe in Jesus? Can they talk about how much you talk about Jesus?

In each of these areas, it is different for each person. You have to ask God what you should or should not be doing. You should seek God in guiding you in how much you are doing.

Although you do not have to be focused on what people are saying, you do not want them having to give a bad report about you. May the report about you be great and the truth of the reports be even better than what was said.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will live your life for God; and that other people will see that you love and worship God with all of your life.

1 John 2:26 Trying To Lead You Astray

“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” 1 John 2:26

John talks about what he is writing about. Looking at the verses just before he makes this statement, he was writing about those who deny Jesus. They try to state that there are other ways to God and bring in false teachings.

This is a common event every where a person goes. Some people are very direct in their beliefs. Those who are Islamic will very distinctly point you away from Jesus. They have no room for Jesus, other than He was a prophet.

Most often you will see people who are not so directly against Jesus. They state that they believe in Jesus, but also believe in Buddah, or Muhammed, or some other false belief. Others will also state they believe in Jesus while believing that you can live in direct sinful ways.

All of these people are trying to lead you astray. They are trying to get you to live differently than what Jesus would want. The Bible is not the central authority in their lives. It is whatever feels good at the time that is center of their lives.

People who try to lead astray can be found everywhere, including inside of churches. Some are even in leadership in the church.

In order to not be led astray, you must keep yourself grounded in God’s Word and in prayer. Keep your heart open to hearing what God has to say, not what people have to say. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you on the right path.

When you stop in any of these areas, you allow yourself to be led off the path God has for you. This can even happen from well-intentioned people. The disciples tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross, yet that was not God’s plan for Jesus.

Are you on His path?

Or are you on your own path or a path of the world’s choosing?

Stay with God and on His path and don’t be led astray.

I pray today that God will guide you in the path He wants you on; that you will be sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit; that God will reveal to you those who are trying to lead you astray; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.

1 John 1:6 Where Do You Walk?

“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6

In America, and probably many other places around the world, there are many people who claim to be Christian. They claim to have a relationship with Jesus. Just a few years ago it was even acceptable and expected for a person to be a Christian. Yet, John states that just because you claim to have that relationship with Jesus does not automatically mean that you really do have that relationship with Him.

People treat their relationship with Jesus very much like they treat their relationship with other people…here today, gone tomorrow. They are in and out of relationships almost on a daily basis. I love him or her today, then the next day comes and I am in love with someone else.

Relationships are also treated as to “what can I benefit from this relationship,” rather than, “what can I bring into this relationship”.

Being in a relationship with someone means spending time with that person, communicating with that person, and doing what that person desires. This is no different with your relationship with Jesus.

Many people claim to have a relationship with Jesus, yet, do not do what He wants. They live in sin. They are walking in darkness. When you live in sin, you are in darkness, because God cannot be around sin and He is the source of all light.

Jesus is the light and truth of this world. When you walk in His truth and ways, you will be walking in His light. Any other place you walk will be in darkness.

John hits this hard, he states that by even saying to claim to be with Jesus and yet continue to purposely sin, you are a liar. You really do not have a relationship with Him. Only if you walk in His light and truth will you have a relationship with Jesus.

Where are you walking today?

Are you walking in darkness, living in sin?

Or are you walking in the light, living for and serving Jesus, following His commands?

I pray today that God will reveal your relationship with Jesus; that God will shine His light on any darkness in your life; that you will serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; that God will help you turn away from all sin; and that you will have a relationship with Jesus.

Hebrews 10:22 Get Near To God

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

Having just pointed out that Jesus has removed the sins of the people and made a way for them to enter into the Holy of Holies to be with God, they are encouraged to go in. The curtain was the dividing line between the Holy and the Most Holy. On the other side was where God would dwell. The author of Hebrews wants people now to move into the inner place to be near God, but he says it must be done with sincere hearts.

One has a sincere heart who is dedicated, not false in any way, no false motives, loyal, and loving. Not every person has a sincere heart.

Everyday many people go to a workplace to do some work, but their hearts are not in it. They only do the job for the paycheck, not to do the boss a service, or to do the people they are working for a service. Often they don’t even really like their job, but it pays, so they do it. Their hearts are not in it.

Other ways people’s hearts are not in something is in giving. They give gifts or money because that is the thing to do, not because they want to do it.

There are people in the church who believe in God because it is the thing to do or just to escape punishment of hell. They do not serve God because of a love for God and for what He has done for them. They are not approaching God with a sincere heart.

If you have a sincere heart for God, you will approach Him with a great love for Him. You will have a great respect for who He is. You will not just be seeking to get something from Him, but to offer yourself to Him.

You will also know that Jesus has made the way for you to go to God. It was not something you did or earned.

How are you going before God today? Do you have a sincere heart?

I pray today that you will know the cleansing Jesus has given you; that you will know you can approach God; that you will have a sincere heart before God; and that you will know God in a new, better way.

2 Timothy 2:25-26 Gentle Instruction

“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26

Paul knew that there would be people in the church who are not really serving God. They would fight against true believers in various ways. He warned Timothy not to get into arguments with them. Now he states that one must gently instruct them in order to get them to repent and turn to God correctly.

Arguments and disagreements occur in the church all the time. Sometimes they are about non-spiritual things, such as the color of the carpet. Other times they are about the interpretation of the Bible, what is sin and what is not, or the order of the end times.

These arguments have, at times, caused great division, and splits, in the church. When it comes to doctrinal or Biblical interpretation, usually one side is correct, at least partially or for the most part.

Often the side that is correct bashes the other side. They will condemn the person and being ungodly. There is no love in this at all.

In these verses you are told to gently instruct the person. Use kind, caring, loving words to point out the truth. People who are in the wrong are being blinded by the devil’s schemes. The world has veiled their eyes so that they cannot see the truth. Yanking that veil off will only scare them and make them hold tighter to the falsehood.

Jesus was gentle with non-believers and those who saw things in a different way because of the blinding of the world. He calmly pointed them towards the truth. At that point many repented and turned to Him.

As you speak gently with a person at odds with you, you have a greater chance of them seeing the truth.

Seek God in how to speak to a person so that they will turn to Jesus. God is the only one who can break them from the trap they are in. Don’t get into an arguing match and lose everything.

I pray today that God will reveal to you what you need to take a solid stand on; that God’s Spirit will guide you in teaching others His truth; that God will use you to release others from the traps of the devil; and that many will come to Jesus through you.