September 13 The Doorway to Freedom

scripture reading: Mark 9:14–27
key verse: Mark 9:23

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

You must receive the truth of the Scriptures in order to be free from the bondage of insecurity and inadequacy. Webster’s Dictionary defines receive as “to take in through the mind or senses; to permit to enter; to take or come into possession of.” Truth can be rejected; it can be held at arm’s length.

First, you have to receive God’s truth into your inner person. Pride in your resources can hinder that reception. God is a Gentleman; He will not force His ways upon you. You must open the door of your mind and heart to Him.

Second, you must believe the truth of the Scriptures. Believing means that you trust God enough to step out on His promises. You cannot just assent to the Word of God; you must rely on, lean on, and let Him implement His Word in your life so that Christ Jesus—who is the truth (John 14:6)—can set you free.

Belief is action. Since God tells you in His Word not to worry (Phil. 4:6), you must stop fretting. Since He says you are valuable in His eyes (John 3:16), you must lay aside your ideas about a lack of self–worth. When you receive and believe God’s authoritative, liberating truth, you have entered the doorway of freedom.

I receive Your truth. I believe Your truth. I act upon it today, dear Lord, as I walk through the doorway of freedom.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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