John 8:31, 32 - Why Read the Bible?

John 8:31, 32 (NLT) Jesus said to the people 
who believed in him, You are truly my 
disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And 
you will know the truth, and the truth will set 
you free. 


   Some people like to work out, citing the 
endorphins that are released. But I dread working out. 
And I complain while Im working out. But 
after Im done, Im glad that I did it. 
   Thats sometimes what its like to 
study the Bible. There are times we really want to 
read it and look forward to it. Then there are 
times when we get up in the morning and think, 
Ill just skip it today. But then we do it 
anyway. That isnt legalism; thats discipline. 
And theres a difference. 
   Discipline says, Im going to read 
the Bible because I need to do it. I know God 
wants me to do it. And when Im done, Ill be 
glad I did it. 
   Its an absolute that we determine to 
do before anything else, even if it means that 
we dont have time to check our social media 
or e-mails or texts. Its something we must 
discipline ourselves to do. 
   The Center for Bible Engagement recently 
did a study and came up with something I find 
very interesting: The power of 4 is 
evident when we consider that for some of these 
behaviors (getting drunk and sex outside marriage) 
examined there is no statistical difference between 
Christians who read or listen to the Bible two to three 
days a week and those who do not engage Scripture 
at all or only once a week. 
   In other words, if youre not reading 
your Bible four or more times a week, then you 
wont make significant choices or changes any 
differently than someone who doesnt read the Bible. 
   Jesus said, If you abide in My word, 
you are My disciples indeed (John 8:31 NKJV). 
We need to see the value of Gods Word. We 
need to long for Gods Word. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

   God's Word is truth, and living according 
to it is what sets us free from bondage and 
misery of every kind. The Holy Spirit is called the 
Spirit of Truth (see John 16:53), and it is His job 
to guide us into all truth. 
   Like most of us, I lived a life of 
deception for many years. I believed things that were 
not true according to God's Word, and those 
things kept me imprisoned in sin, guilt, shame, 
insecurity, fear, and many other miseries. When I began 
to seriously study God's Word, and the Holy 
Spirit started leading me into truth, some of it 
was very exciting and, to be honest, some of it 
was very painful. 
   Hearing that all of my sins were forgiven 
was exciting, but learning that I was selfish 
and self-centered was painful. Learning that God 
wanted to meet all of my needs was exciting, but 
learning that I had a heart filled with bitterness 
was painful. In order to find freedom, we cannot 
just take the parts of God's Word that are 
exciting - we must be willing to take the parts that 
may be painful to us personally as the Holy 
Spirit leads us into truth. 
   Each thing I learned about myself, 
although often quite uncomfortable, did indeed move 
me one step closer to freedom. I urge you not 
to hide from the truth. Ask the Holy Spirit to 
guide you into all truth, and when He does, face 
it boldly and you will be changed! 
   Father, I ask You to guide me into all 
truth. I want to live truly and have no deception 
in my life. I trust You to set me free! [My 
Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 

   I am writing in Namibia, Africa, while 
preparing to go to a men's prison here. I intend to 
share with them that they can be in prison and 
still be free, and that many people in the world, 
although not in prison, are still prisoners. 
   I was a prisoner for much of my life 
because I was filled with fear, guilt, shame, 
bitterness, and hatred, including self-hatred. I didn't 
live behind iron bars, but I was definitely a 
prisoner to those tormenting emotions. If you or 
someone you know is bound by these things, you can 
be free. Jesus came to set us free and to help 
us see and enjoy the new life He offers - a 
life that is abundant and filled with great joy 
(see John 10:10). 
   I hope to encourage the men in prison 
today with the good news of the Gospel. I also 
hope to encourage you to know that as you 
continue in God's Word, you will know the truth and 
it will make you free (see John 8:31-32). No 
matter what your circumstances are, if you are free 
in your heart and mind, then you are free 
indeed! Examine what is going on inside you and ask 
God to help you with any tormenting emotion that 
is holding you captive. If you are 
brokenhearted due to painful things in your past, Jesus 
will heal you and set you free! 
   Father, I thank You that Jesus came to 
make us free, and I do want to be free in every 
area of my life. Please reveal areas that You 
want to work in, and help me cooperate with the 
Holy Spirit as He brings healing and freedom in 
my life. [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer re 
Isa. 61:1] 


   I came into your life to make you free. 
The closer you live to Me, the freer you can be. 
By spending time alone with Me, your awareness 
of My abiding Presence grows deeper and 
stronger. There is healing in My wings - in the 
intimacy of nearness to Me. My healing Presence binds 
up wounds from your past so that they stop 
bleeding. The salve of My Spirit enhances the healing 
process. In My holy Light you can see things from a 
new perspective - freeing you from old, 
unhelpful ways of thinking. As you lay down baggage 
from your past, you grow increasingly free.  
   I make you free through the truth - about 
who I am and what I have done for you. I also 
help you face the truth about yourself and the 
people in your life. If you're involved in hurtful 
relationships, I will help you change them or break free. 
If you are trapped in addictions, I will help 
you take the first step toward freedom - honest 
confession of the truth. In every situation, the truth 
will set you free. (John 8:32; Psa. 31:19, 20; 
Mal. 4:2; Rom. 8:1, 2) [Jesus Today by Sarah 

   I am the truth: the One who came to set 
you free. As the Holy Spirit controls your mind 
and actions more fully, you become free in Me. 
You are increasingly released to become the one 
I created you to be. This is a work that I do 
in you as you yield to My Spirit. I can do My 
best handiwork when you sit in the stillness of 
My Presence, focusing your entire being on Me. 
   Let My thoughts burst freely upon your 
consciousness, stimulating abundant Life. I am the Way and 
the Truth and the Life. As you follow Me. I lead 
you along paths of newness: ways you have never 
imagined. Don't worry about what is on the road up 
ahead. I want you to find your security in knowing 
Me, the One who died to set you free. (Joh. 
8:32; Phi. 2:13; Joh. 14:6) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Put your trust in Me, and I will keep you 
safe. There is a deep, deep yearning in your heart 
for safety and security. You can mask these 
longings with activity for a time, but only for a 
time. These feelings actually serve a very good 
purpose. Properly used, they can point you to Me and 
My sufficiency. I am the only One who can 
really, ultimately keep you safe.  
   Whenever you start to feel insecure - 
about anything - come to Me. Talk with Me about 
your fears and concerns; then affirm your trust 
in Me. Voicing your trust connects you with Me 
at a deep level. It also pushes back the 
darkness of deception. The evil one has been 
deceiving people ever since time began, since the 
Garden of Eden. Do not listen to his lies. Instead, 
put your trust in Me, for I am absolute Truth. 
As you come to know Me - the Truth - better and 
better, I make you increasingly free. (Pro. 29:25; 
Gen. 3:13; John 14:6; 8:32) [Jesus Today by Sarah 

   My peace is a soft, soothing pillow for 
your weary head. Pry your mind away from plans 
and problems so you can rest in My healing 
Presence. Whisper, "I trust You, Jesus," while you 
relax - body, mind, and soul - in My protective 
Presence. If anxious thoughts try to intrude, give 
them over to Me with thanksgiving. Be grateful 
that I understand everything about you and your 
circumstances; also, I love you eternally and take care of 
you continually. Instead of pondering your 
problems, let these precious truths renew your mind. 
They will set you free.  
   As you refresh yourself in My peaceful 
Presence - trusting and thanking Me - I go to work on 
your behalf. While you stay in communication with 
Me, I show you the way forward. I may open up a 
way that previously seemed blocked, or I may 
take you along a new path altogether. Remember 
that you are never alone in your struggles. You 
have a Helper who is infinitely powerful, 
tenderly loving, and wise beyond all understanding. 
So rejoice! (Exo. 33:14; Phi. 4:4-7; John 8:31, 
32; 15:26) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 


   One of my friends who had been depressed 
for seven years told his sister he was ready to 
commit suicide. The sister called the doctor, who 
had my friend committed to a psych hospital. He 
didn't want to go, but there was nothing else to 
   After a couple days, I visited him. The 
nurse who let me in - with a password - 
confiscated the Starbucks cup I'd brought him full of 
real coffee as well as the pack of Charmin. He 
led me to a room where a TV on mute seemed like 
a good metaphor for the rest of the people 
gathered there. Most were staring, not saying 
anything. My friend and I sat at a particleboard table 
in the corner on hard chairs. 
   At first, we just held hands and cried. 
Then my friend told me something astonishing. He 
said, "I didn't want to come here, but I'm glad I 
did. It's real. There's no hiding from the truth 
in a place like this - I have to face it. And 
in a weird way, that's given me hope." 
   I understood exactly what he meant. For 
seven years I'd been trying to help him figure out 
what to do to make his life better. We looked for 
new jobs, and we talked about relationship 
changes and changes in location. But the truth was 
that nothing could ever get better until he was 
better on the inside. 
   The truth can be a scary place to go. It 
can be ugly and inconvenient. But strangely 
enough, it always brings freedom. That's a promise 
from the One Who is truth, Who died to set us 
free. by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry 
   Faith Step: Pray this prayer, filling in 
the blank as you feel led: Jesus, show me the 
truth about _______________, even if it hurts, so 
that I can be free. [Mornings With Jesus 2019 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred