31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”
39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
48 The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’ 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. [John 8]
Good morning Father!
Good morning Jon!
Father, You have provided a wealth of revelation in these words of Jesus, which we know from His own testimony that He got from You! I even see Him describing for any who would listen exactly how He heard from You: “I speak the things that I have seen with My Father” (v38).
Yes, He was speaking of that facility that I built into you to “see” intuitively or imaginatively. Some call it “the mind’s eye” or visual imagery. You know from long experience that it can be used to help focus on solutions to the things you are working on. In these last few years, I have shown you through Mark Virkler’s teaching that you can turn that aptitude toward spending time with Me and have faith that I will honor your seeking.
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, [g]will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! [Matthew 7]
Father, I could scarcely hope to express proper gratitude for the gift of regularly being able to spend time with You! Since my mid-teen years, I would have acknowledged that I belong to You. Until I learned the value of honoring our time together by writing it down (Habakkuk 2), though, the progression of my relationship with You was nothing like it is now. There are many other things that You told the prophet in that chapter that were keeping my relationship with You on the fringes of my life for many years; even preventing me from hearing from You at all for long stretches.
I have given You that insight. Notice even the word insight is descriptive of our meeting. I give you clues everywhere you look with the capability to visualize that I Myself have placed within you that you might be with Me. And you are right that many things have the capacity to interfere with our meeting:
- Pride, for the soul of the proud is not right within him.
- Inattention, which tells Me you do not care to meet. It is your choice.
- Alcohol, for it anesthetizes your ability to see Me or to hear from Me. In the end, it becomes an idol that you have given the place that belongs to Me. It is no coincidence that your relationship with me was not really progressing until you confessed and quit.
- Idol worship of any kind obstructs your ability to see Me, for in your worship, you have placed the thing of your desires in front of Me.
- Unbelief, for he who would come to Me must believe that I will reward that faith. (Hebrews 11:6).
Father, I pray You will help me keep these things out of my life! I don’t want anything to come between us ever again!
What did Jesus say in the passage you opened with?
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Exactly. All the things in the list I gave you from the second chapter of Habakkuk are shackles of bondage. I Am free. Nothing binds me, for I Am above all. I desire to set you free. With all that is within Me, I want you to be free. It is a gift so precious that I was willing to ask Jesus, my own Son, to make the sacrifice for you. He himself values freedom for you so much that He was willing to make the sacrifice of Himself. He made the choice freely out of His love for you. We value freedom so much that we allow you to freely choose to enter in, or not; even though it breaks Our heart that one would reject freedom in favor of an idol that will ultimately prove worthless.
I love you Father! Thank You for building into my life the Truth and diligently making it clear that I can be free. I lament that so few seem to value true freedom.
It is the nature of an idol to obstruct sight of the Truth. You are welcome! I Am have and I Am going to great lengths to set you free. I Am glad that you are one who sees the value in it.