‘To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. ‘ John 8:31-34 
If we hold to Jesus’ teaching, then we will know the truth–and the truth will set us free. Not merely free from physical bondage and oppression, but free from spiritual bondage to sin. The ‘holding to Jesus teaching’ comes first, then the ‘knowing’ and the freedom. We are saved by faith, not by perfect knowledge. Not merely by ‘faith’, but faith in the God of truth. As we live out our faith in Him, He will lead us into truth and freedom.
God desires me to follow him in obedience–whether or not I understand everything that He requires of me. My obedience of God can’t be dependent on my level of understanding of His reasons and motives, it must instead be based on my faith in Him–faith that trusts His love for me, and trusts His perfect perspective.
This week, I need to hold to the teachings of Jesus in my daily walk–trusting that He is daily leading me in His truth, and into His freedom. 
God, thank you that you are worthy of my trust and my allegiance. Help me each day to hold to your teachings and walk in obedience to you, trusting that you love me perfectly and will lead me perfectly into your freedom. Thank you for your truth! 

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