John 8:31-32 (ESV), “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.
For many years the children of Israel were in bondage, after several years of crying and praying to God, he showed up for them, broke their bonds, and brought them out of Egypt. Sadly, only two out of about six hundred thousand men who left Egypt entered the promised Land. Why couldn’t they enter the promised land, having been delivered by such a mighty display of God’s power?
Many, like the children of Israel, encountered God’s saving power in certain dramatic ways and were set on a course; the journey of salvation, but are now weak, beggarly, and defeated. The power they once encountered seems incapable to carry them through, why is this so?
Deliverance is instantaneous, a one-time show of force by a greater power over the lesser; the demon leaves at a command, the yoke is broken by the power of God and the Spirit of God comes, all of which can happen within a second. Freedom however is not instantaneous, it is produced consequent upon continuity, requiring long-term participation of the delivered, he must exert effort and cultivate a load of virtues such as obedience, patience, endurance, faith, discipline, etc.
Jesus in our text, said to the Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. You see, freedom comes from knowing the truth, and knowing the truth requires that you abide or continue with Jesus, the one who brought about your deliverance.
Do you desire lasting deliverance? Do you want to be free? If you do, you will make all efforts to continue (keep obeying) in the word (instructions) of God.
Go into today knowing that, If you relax after being delivered, you will soon get entangled.
Prayer: Father, let your spirit keep working in me, to will and to do according to your good pleasure in Jesus’ name, amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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