1997-09-19 - Believer or Disciple?
John 8:31 - 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. (KJV)
Notice the order of these two verses. Notice the process. You believe, continue
in His word, become a disciple, know the truth, and then you are set free.
So often we try to reverse the order. We say, "Lord, set me free from this
bondage or that bondage, free me from alcohol, drugs, materialism, etc. Set
me free Lord, then I will be a disciple, then I will continue in your word,
and then I will believe." See how backwards we do it sometimes?
Or perhaps you are a believer, but you only believe. The difference between
a believer and a disciple is simple; a disciple abides in His word. We must
do our part. We must continue and abide in HIS word, in order to become
disciples. Ready to take the next step to freedom? Prepared to get off the
fence of just believing, and truly become free? You can start today.
Dear Father, Guide us and direct us. Lord, we love you
and we believe in you. Help us become disciples of Jesus Christ. Increase
in us our appetite for your Word. Father, forgive us for doing the process
backwards, and lead us in the right direction, so that we shall really know
the Perfect Truth. That Truth alone will set us free. In Christ's perfect
name we pray, Amen.
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