February 11 The Ultimate Escape Artist

Scripture reading: John 8:31–36

Key verse: John 8:36

If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Have you ever felt uncomfortable during church? Even in an age in which quaint hand fans have been replaced by powerful air-conditioning systems and wooden pews have been exchanged for upholstered ones, people can still feel terribly uncomfortable during a worship service. This discomfort has nothing to do with a church building’s amenities. Often, it has everything to do with the Holy Spirit’s conviction.

Sometimes God will use a statement by your pastor or a reading of Scripture to burn a truth into your heart. Often, the message can be uplifting. At other times, it can be a sobering reminder that you still have an issue with which you must obey and trust God.

If God has pricked your heart, deep down you will know the truth. And the longer you delay in dealing with the issue on God’s terms, the more difficult it will be to finally submit to God’s will.

There is an escape to the trap that the enemy has laid for you. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31–32).

When you accepted Christ as your Savior, His Holy Spirit fully equipped you for freedom. Chains of bondage are a needless hazard for the believer. The truth can make you the ultimate escape artist.

Equip me for freedom through Your Word, O Lord. Break the chains that bind me so I can escape from captivity to sin.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 44). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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