Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 31 Scripture Selection: John 8:21-38
Food for Thought: John 8:31, 32, 36
There are those who believe that Jesus is their Savior, but they are not His disciples. And because they are not His disciples, they do not abide in His Word and do not know the truth. And because they do not know the truth, they are not completely free.
Remember, Jesus and His Word are one and the same. John 1:1, and 14 explains this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Jesus makes us free through the power of His Word. If a person is not free in some area of his/her life (whether it is an addiction, bitterness, fear, or whatever the case may be), then it is because His Word is not abiding in him/her in that particular area. Knowing Jesus, knowing the Word, makes people free. The answer is in Him and in His Word. It is just a matter of digging into the Word for it and abiding (remaining) in it.
Abiding in the Word does not begin and end with a daily devotional. To abide in the Word, you consume it and continually keep it. You hear it through messages from the pulpit, conversations, and even songs. You meditate on it. You declare it as your own. You live it. You grow by it. You believe it. And you let it change you. (See Mat. 4:4, Joshua 1:8, I Pet. 2:2.)
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God,
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):