The Lie Detector (#jammed daily devo, day 251)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 251: Honest grace.

 If you hear My voice and abide in My word, you are truly My disciples; you will know the truth, and that truth will give you freedom.” John 8:31-32 

Anyone with children can relate to the desire for access to a lie-dectector. The look of day 251bewilderment becomes them when we accuse them of withholding the truth. They glance in our direction as if we’ve lost our minds. We know what’s true! So, why do they stronghold us? Why don’t they just admit they’re wrong and apologize?

It’s hard to admit we’re wrong. So, how do we we ensure we’re operating in truth? Truth is more difficult to execute that it seems.“Tell the truth,” is a lot harder than we sometimes like to admit.

We are really good at telling the truths we like to admit to and want to be responsible for, but claiming hurt we’ve caused and retracting false statements and ugly gossip aren’t things we’re know for excitedly admitting and confessing out loud.

Today’s verse tells us to listen for His voice and spend time in His Word. Prayer and time in the Word are irreplaceable ways to guide our hearts on a truthful and honest path. It’s only when we are talking to Him that we can listen for His response. And it’s only when we are looking at His Words that we can allow the Living Word into our hearts to translate the truth.

Jesus says when we operate in this fashion, “we are truly His disciples.” Our walk with Jesus will be humbly honest when we seek Him with all of our hearts. It doesn’t just happen. Seek is a verb. Pray is a verb. Abide is a verb. He promises to meet us there, but we have to go.

Wafting through life unknowingly hurting people with dishonest intentions, or living a door mat existence because we can’t sense when to move on from being toyed with, is much less joyful than living a life full of Christ.

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Father, Praise You for Your Word! Thank You for guiding us in truth! Forgive us for our blindness to it, and our dishonest notions to others. Help us to seek you, pray, and abide in Your Word to live within Your will for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Lie-detecting,

Megs

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