Having a hard time? Feeling trapped? The answer to our difficulty actually is simple. Not easy. Not something we do once and "poof" life is perfect. But the answer works, every time...every single time. It's not a formula but then again, maybe it is? It’s the same, but it is different. If you practice this, if this becomes your go-to in times of trouble, you will find relief. Interested?
John 8:31-32 If you abide in My word, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
What does this mean? Do we have to have a Bible with us all the time? Memorize it's contents? Be so spiritually minded we are no earthly good? No!
We are to ABIDE. This word has as its essence dwelling, enduring, persevering and standing fast. In other words, remain. Don't run from where you are. You can't outrun this trial.
His WORD is intelligence that may be unspoken as a thought in the mind. It involves giving place in our heart to hear His voice, His word, His heart.
So, in hard times, when you feel trapped by life. Stop! Don't run. Don't try to make it better on your own. You've likely already been trying and now find yourself stuck. Instead, take a breath. Allow your mind to turn from the overwhelming circumstance and consciously open your heart to Him. Listen for the unspoken word. This may take time. Don't give up. Don't loose hope for He speaks. He loves. He cares. Eventually you will find yourself free.
In the process of turning to Him and waiting upon Him, you will hear truth within your heart. His Spirit speaking truth to you. Truth for your life. Truth that transforms. Truth that will set your free.
I guess there really is a formula...
Our abiding + His truth = freedom
However, we can't quantify the length of our abiding. We can't anticipate what truth we will receive. The formula is true. It works every time, but it is never the same - as it should be. The God who created each of us unique has a specific truth for each of us. A truth that in our time of need, will set us free.