The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalm 112:1-10, Proverbs 15:12-13
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Set Free: Discovering the Truth in John 8:32
Contributing Writer: Tiffiany Langston
I’m convinced that one of the most difficult undertakings in this life is honesty with self.
We will go to great lengths to stay comfortable, avoid change, and not ‘see’ the person staring back at us in the mirror for who they truly are.
Where are you currently? Emotionally, mentally and physically.
I’ve surely been there! Unsure of how to answer that question because I hadn’t taken the time to do the required self examination with honesty. By the grace of God, I got fed up with myself and the pretentious life I was living. I now set aside time to do what God desires for me to do, to create lasting change.
In crying out to God for clarity and understanding of who I was, He responded by leading me to do the hard work of what I like to call ‘heartwork’. Where the fantasy I was holding onto needed to be broken down and seen for what it really was – a coping mechanism. I needed to see for myself that I was looking in all the wrong places for measures of safety, security, and identity.
I had very little trust in myself, others and God and that was the truth I needed to confess, which set me free.
Getting honest about the realities of who I was, what shaped my thoughts, behaviors and how destructive I was becoming to myself and the relationships I had -brought me not only spiritual healing, but emotional healing, also.
For the first time in my life I experienced positive, lasting growth.
God gently and patiently guided me through a process that felt very necessary for my emotional healing. It was the r.e.a.l process (reflect, examine, accept and let go). I had no idea how significant it would be for me to go before God and confess what I had been too prideful to admit once before.
At the start it was frustrating. I felt discouraged and like a complete failure, all while learning a better way. I fought it all the way through. God being who he is, knew I would be needing encouragement when I did and would send a word or someone to remind me not to give up.
My life and generations to come were at stake.
Jesus tells us in today’s reading from John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
To know the truth you have to be teachable, resisting the ego and the lies of the enemy. We have to see ourselves, and the world around us as it is, not as we would have it to be. Then we must go humbly before God and seek his help, his will and his way. Don’t be like the self-righteous Jews, who believed they knew better than Jesus.
Go before him today with honesty, so that you can live in freedom.
Connect with Tiffiany Langston at www.tiffianylangston.com
Tiffiany Langston is a writer currently living in Clayton, NC with her husband of 12 years, their 2 vibrant children and the newest addition to their home- Granger the goldendoodle. She is a solopreneur who holds a NC esthetics license and is also an aspiring author. As a wife, mother and sister in Christ, she is dedicated to serving her family and the local congregation she attends.