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IEA Devo 2021 abiding • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Abiding in God’s Truth – The Disciple-Making Lifestyle

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
(John 8:31b-32)


Part One

Eternal truth was not conceived by sinful men. It resides far beyond us in God’s domain with His sovereign self-disclosure. Therefore, let’s consider another related reality – all counterfeit forms of truth are the product of a world view that was highly influenced by each person’s own era, culture, and fallen nature. Every thinker’s values, personality, and spiritual struggles with sin became part of the DNA of the world’s many man-made religions and cults. Understanding this only requires truly reflecting on the noble sinless life of the Lord Jesus Christ. After that, it is no longer difficult to comprehend the supreme uniqueness of Biblical Christianity.

Ours stands totally alone. Why? Because of God’s grace, holy nature, proven character, the virgin birth, and the many miracles performed by Christianity’s Founder. He is without equal in the world’s history! Jesus said, “I am…the truth…no one comes to the Father except though Me.” (John 14:6) Today, please quietly re-read this devotion and think about what is being said as you prepare to share your witness.


Part Two

The Savior’s resurrection, and matchless power exercised over nature, plus His ability to transform the lives of His disciples became undeniable. He naturally impacted His loyal followers so they became selfless, morally pure, and spiritually committed. He never made a single person sick, disabled, or in any way more sinful. His redemptive purpose was clear!

The Lord Jesus’ holiness was so obvious that it could only be missed by those who were looking for something which they did not understand. The world’s unfulfilled searching reveals that those still seeking have not yet understood that Truth can never be found in religious teachings created by other fellow sinners! Nor can it be found in finite, self-questioning philosophy.

Eternal truth must be first experienced before it can actually be understood. This is why a step in faith is required to find it!

The mystery of God’s greatest revealed Truth uniquely resides in the nature of His triune – Oneness! Concerning this, the Bible explains the Lord by saying, “He is the image of the invisible God…by Him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…” (Colossians 1:15-16)

The universe itself is nothing when compared with its Creator, so quietly consider that reality!!


Part Three

The kind of searching that fails to rule out the self-deception of atheism results in spiritual denial. The absurd notion that the universe, mankind, and the myriad of God’s beautiful creations – somehow created themselves requires profound faith in absolutely nothing! Such fantasy amounts to an escape from reason!

Atheism is mankind’s veiled attempt to avoid the moral and ethical consequences for sinful thinking and behavior. Truth requires the unmasking of the world’s many self-help forms of religion and philosophy. Clearly, God, who lovingly revealed Himself and openly paid the price to give us grace, did not need our approval or our comprehension. He merely asked that we trust Him enough to accept what He gave us. In that grateful awareness, thoughtfully reconsider the world’s favorite verse of Scripture: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)


Part Four

If humanity hides from God behind it’s limited, finite thinking, which happily avoids ultimate answers, then truth will escape them. If truth seems too illusive, subjective, and unknowable to ever be found, then people must be prepared to endure a life of endless, unresolved, and often painful questions. In such case: they will sadly forfeit ever understanding that ultimate truth can only be found in a fully knowable person. That person wore a simple, seamless robe, and had nail prints in His hands (see John 14:6).

Always remember that truth reveres God’s self-disclosure and affirms His redemptive mission. This is why the Bible can assure us, “…you will know the truth and the truth will make you free…” (John 8:32)


By Billie Hanks Jr.

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