“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (ESV)
In Greek, the word truth is “aletheia.” Part of the ancient Greek culture, aletheia was equal to reality or the opposite of illusion. To say it simply, the truth was the reality over the illusion.
My husband and I have a rescued, chocolate, long hair Chihuahua who considers herself quite the Diva. Her name is Vera, and she is the typical Chihuahua stereotype that yaps at every little thing. Her personality is bigger than life. Before we head to bed every evening, we tuck Vera into her cozy crate which has all the comforts she needs – her favorite soft blanket and pillow. She goes into her crate every evening without any hesitation. It is routine for her and never complains or puts up a fight. One morning when I arose to let her out, before I could unlock the crate door, she bolted out dancing and spinning in circles to go outside. Still waking up, I stood confused for a moment as I realized, we never locked the crate the night before. Vera never realized that it wasn’t locked. She stayed in the crate all night assuming it was fastened shut. She never tested the door to see if her freedom was available. She believed the illusion that she was imprisoned but the reality was she was free.
Can’t the same be true for us – we have yet to realize that we are already free. Instead of living in freedom, we continue to live our lives with unlocked chains wrapped around our ankles – holding us back from freedom. We live in the illusion of imprisonment versus the reality of freedom.
The illusion is believing the lies of Satan, the enemy. For Vera, the illusion was the lie that she was imprisoned and contained but the reality, the truth, the door was never locked and she was free. The truth gives us the power to combat any lie of the enemy. The truth is the word of God. His Word says that we “will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.
The word says in,
John 8:36 (ESV) “So if the son makes you free, you will be free.”
John 8:17 (ESV) “Sanctify them in the truth. Thy word is truth.”
John 8:6 (ESV) “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Truth brings freedom, direction, peace and abundant life. When we know the truth, then we receive the weapons and power to combat any lie of the enemy.
“… truth was not only a system but also a power; not only something to be written or spoken, but also something to be felt and lived.” (Ellicott’s commentary of English Readers on John 8:32)
The illusion is that you are chained. Reality is that you are free, you live in freedom. Maybe the chains you have been wearing were never locked? But because we don’t see the reality, we believe the lie and stay captive to something that never had ahold of us in the first place.
If truth is the reality, to see things for how they truly appear, then we should see sickness as healed. We should see broken marriages as restored. We should see financial burden as more than enough. We should experience peace where fear abide. Empty wombs as fertile. We need to see the prison doors as unlocked and open.
Do you stay imprisoned because it has become routine? Normal? Is it easier to stay then it is to believe and live free? Easier to stay with the familiar chains then to walk in the unfamiliar freedom? It’s time to open our eyes to the reality and truth. It’s time to break free. You are FREE!