Truth and Freedom
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts”
An individual is not free until the truth of God abides within the inner sanctum of the heart. It is truth in the heart which makes one free.
“And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free”
Truth is the vehicle to freedom. This is not the worldly concept which seeks freedom for one’s self. God’s freedom is the freedom from self. It is a life lived out of the boundless wonder of God Himself; separated unto the mystery of being fully invested in serving Him.
“…as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness,
but as bondservants of God”
1 Peter 2:16
Truth, by necessity, is the womb of Love. Only as we become true in the “inward parts” are we capable of the freedom which God has promised to those who love Him. Obedience is the highest expression of love and worship; the apex at which we are free to serve God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The journey into the light of God can only be known through the medium of doing. Truth, like the manna, must be eaten as it is given.
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light,
that his deeds may be made manifest…”
Deeds are the evidence of those who are coming to the light.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”
Dwelling in God’s presence is ever the result of His goodness and mercy following us as we follow the Great Shepherd of our souls. His goodness dwells where His mercy reigns! Quietness and confidence is the atmosphere of God’s presence.
“…in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…”
“And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect”
May we stop and consider what the Word of God has laid before us! All that the saints of old have accomplished, their faith, their testimony and the laying down of their very lives for God’s glorious name – they yet await for us to finish what they started… “that they without us should not be made perfect”! Let the weight of this sink into the depths of our being and may it free us from the paltry offerings of the modern day “gospel”. May we lift up our eyes to see beyond the horizons of our present day experience.
Let us consider His call upon this generation that He may receive a fresh offering of ourselves unto Him.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2
The reward of discipleship
“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables” (Mark 4:11)
“Salvation is free
But Discipleship will cost you