John 8:30-32 WEB
As he spoke these things, many believed in him.  Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.  You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
What does it mean to remain in Jesus’ words? It means to continue with Jesus and his teachings. It means staying in the present state of belief and confidence in the Lord. Part of remaining in Jesus’ words is having access to the truth. Having access to truth does not mean you are remaining in truth. Those who genuinely remain in Jesus’ words will be set free by the truth.
It is not those who know the truth that are Jesus’ disciples. It is those who know the truth and apply it to their lives. Jesus’ disciples live his words. Those words are truth and living them releases freedom in Jesus. Only we must not use our freedom to become lazy in the Lord. We are free because we chose to remain in Jesus’ word. We are free because we voluntarily submit to Jesus’ teachings.
Conversely, we can know our spiritual condition in Jesus when we look at our lives. Do we have sin or sickness keeping us in bondage? According to Jesus, we can be free if we remain in truth. So, these things give us a starting point in our prayers. We can look at sin and death’s reign in our lives and let it correct us. We can walk in the truth of Jesus’ teachings and be free.
Lord Jesus, please help me honestly evaluate my life. Show me where I can walk in more truth and help me be free from the effects of sin and death. In Jesus’ name, amen.