John 8:31-32 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
When David visited Chide and shared the message of the gospel with him, for the first time in his life, Chide understood it. He was so touched that he began to cry when he realized the sacrifice Jesus made in order to save him. He accepted Christ as his Lord and savior that day.
But sadly, Chide did not continue in the word of God because he was not committed to any Christian fellowship where he would hear the word of God and grow. He attended a church where there was very little teaching of the word.
Even though Chide now believed in the Lord Jesus, he was not yet free. He was still a slave to sin and to demonic limitations. The reason he was not yet free was that he was not yet a disciple indeed.
The way people become disciples of Jesus is by applying themselves to the word of God and growing thereby.
The Lord Jesus commanded His apostles to go into the world, preach, and make disciples of all nations (Matt 29:19). People who believe are to be discipled. When people believe in the Lord Jesus, it is important that they are discipled. This is the way chains and yokes of sin are broken forever.
Go into today knowing that after believing in the Lord Jesus, you must abide in His word and let it change the way you think (Rom 12:2). This is the only way to receive and maintain true spiritual liberty.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Yearly Bible Reading: Genesis 32-35 (In Devotional Audio)
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