Session 11

True Freedom

From Understanding and Applying The Bible

John 8:31-28

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  33 They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?" 
34Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.  35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

You might not know...
If you see red letters in your Bible, that is Jesus talking. Also, when you see the phrase “Truly,Truly” that means Jesus wants us to listen because He is about to spit. 

What does it say?
Jesus is having a conversation with people about what's real and how to experience true freedom. Jesus is saying that His words are the truth we need to experience true freedom.

What does it mean?
The truth is Jesus' word, so if we abide in His word ("abide in" just means "be close to") we will know the truth and experience true freedom. 

So the only way we can experience true freedom is by being close to the truth, which means following Jesus and doing what he says. True Freedom = following Jesus.

What does it mean to me?
When I feel overcome by sin in my life, I can experience freedom by following Jesus. Not just a temporary freedom, or a freedom that lasts only a couple of days, but a freedom that can last me an entire lifetime. And that freedom is only found when I focus on Jesus and I cling on tight to what He says. 
I always find all of the freedom I’m looking for when I open the pages of the Bible. There I can know truth, be in close relation with Jesus, and experience true freedom from whatever sin I'm dealing with.

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

God Can Take Care of Me

Psalm 23:1-6 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he ...

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Session 2

God Is In A Position to Help

Psalm 113:7  "Who can be compared with the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high? He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. H...

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Session 3

How To Pray According to Jesus

Matthew 6:5-14 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the str...

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Session 4

Love Is Most Important

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 & 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a...

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Session 5

Focus On Jesus

Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds....

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Session 6

Jesus From the Beginning

John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Thro...

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Session 7

Hear and Do

James 1:19-25 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become a...

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Session 8

When I Mess Up

Psalm 51 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 W...

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Session 9

Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 1 For everything there is a season,     a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a ...

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Session 10

Love Because God Loves You

1 John 4:15-21 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on ...

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Session 11

True Freedom

John 8:31-28 31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  32and you wil...

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Session 12

God Will Use Me Specifically

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For...

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Session 13

If There’s Jesus, There’s Hope

Romans 5:1-5 5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we ...

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Session 14

Jesus Took My Place

John 18:29-40 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered ...

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