How do you know if something is true or not?
That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
No matter how hard we try, nothing will change in our lives until we know and deal with reality about our weaknesses, relationships, and our failures through the power and truth of the word of God. Willpower isn’t the answer to life transformation. The secret is knowing and following the word of God. We’re not just supposed to take off the old self and try harder. We are called to take off the old and put on the new self that is in Christ Jesus.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If the truth sets us free, then the opposite is also true. Living according to the enemies lies will put you in bondage. Bad habits have their foundation in believed lies. Lies about self-worth being found in financial success, sexual conquests, power over others, and identities found in our wounds.
Is the way you feel about your past the truth, or is the truth what God says about it? Feelings are real, but there often wrong, so when we replace the lies of Satan, with the truth found in God’s word, we are free from feelings of guilt and shame that lead to depression and brokenness.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Real change starts with truth and ends in freedom from sin. Why would we choose to be spiritual slaves to Satan when Christ has set us free?
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?