October 4, 2000
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Have you ever had thoughts like these?
If only I had a better job, I’d be happy.
If only I were out of debt, I’d be happy.
IF only I could lose weight, I’d be happy.
If only, if only, if only . . . .
All of us, at one time or another, have thought such thoughts because deep down, we allw ant to be free of unpleasant situations. But we’ve been going at it backwards.
True freedom never comes by changing our outward circumstances. True freedom comes only by allowing the truth of God’s Word to change our inward circumstances. God’s Word makes us free on the inside so that the outside circumstances can no longer rob us of our joy. Moreover, the amazing thing that happens in the process is that once we get free on the inside, the outside takes are of itself. We get out of debt; we lose weight; wef ind a better job, or we begin to enjoy the one we have.
As God’s Word frees us on the inside, the wrong thinking that has kept us bound will change, and when our wrong thinking becomes right thinking–thinking according to God’s Word–then we will be truly free. And then our outward circumstances will change, or we will begin to view them differently.
So, don’t seek freedom; seek God’s truth. His truth will then make you free.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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