David Mitts

So, Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "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."(Joh 8:31-32)


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Deliverance and discipleship are one and the same. We are delivered from slavery to the world and its mind control dehumanizing system and into our identity and destiny in the Lord, as His disciples. No to different from fictional accounts of mental and physical programming, the world uses techniques to do the same to our souls. Thoughts or as the scripture names them strongholds define our reality. These are fortresses of thought that the world and Satan has imparted into the fabric of our hearts that can bring us into a bondage in those respective areas. Paul describes this process like this:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2Co 10:3-5)

Strongholds or mental fortresses need to be cast down as arguments or reasonings. These are called “high things” that raise themselves up against the knowledge of God. The activation spiritually, described as “casting down” is a deliberate act of authority in opposition to the world’s mindset.

One the weapons of this warfare of the mind and heart is the truth.

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Joh 8:32)

The key is to “know” the truth. The Hebrew word for “knowing” is yadah. We have studied this earlier but as a refresher the word contains the word “yad” which means the hand. In ancient Hebraic thinking, you only know something truly if you use it effectively. This use is symbolized by the hand.

When Abraham rescued his nephew lot from the enemy kings, Melchizedek, the priest of God received His tithe as an expression of the victory of Abraham yielding his “hand” to God.

And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all. Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself." But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made Abram rich'-- (Gen 14:19-23)

Melchizedek calls Abraham’s victory the deliverance of his enemies into his hand. Abraham, in turn declares that is God alone who he has lifted up his hands to. The hand of Abraham is the symbol of his exercise of his Godly authority. Abraham in turn lifts his hands only to worship the Lord. In this picture we can see how the hand, the yad defines who we are and whose we are.

Yadah adds the “hey” to the hand which is the character for revelation. Knowing” reveals who we are and who we have yielded ourselves to.

Returning now to John 8:32, when we “know” the truth, the “truth” has the power to set us free.

How can we “know” the truth? Through the Holy Spirit.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (Joh 16:13)

This is a very interesting verse because Yeshua not only tells us that the person of the Holy Spirit is our guide into knowing the truth, but also that when He reveals truth to us, it reveals the future to us. This could be a reference to prophecy about the future, but it could also be that when we are freed from lies into truth, we can live out our purpose and destiny.

You see we all live up to the future we believe is our destiny. If we believe lies about ourselves then we act in accordance with those lies. This is the conversation of the heart that sets our belief boundaries. In this way, lies and bondages to those lies can corrupt our purpose and destiny.

The salvation of the Lord is not only to forgive us for our sins but also to liberate us to live into our destiny.We are translated from darkness, lies into light, truth.

Eph 5:8 for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light

Our walk is another way of describing what empowers us. Truth or lies.

The Apostle Paul describes this in several places.

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2Co 3:17-18)

We are being liberated from false images in our heart, truth by truth, glory by glory. We are being led into our true identity as children of God.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Rom 8:14-17)

The key to this all is the truth.

The word truth is “emet” in Hebrew. The three letters are the first in the alphabet, the aleph, the middle letter mem, the final letter tav. Positionally this is telling us that the truth is in the language, or in the word.

Aleph is the character of an ox and represents power or strength. It is the representation of the first born son Yeshua. The mem, as we have mentioned before is the letter for water, which means chaos. The tav is the symbol of the cross and is the end or purpose of the word.

Yeshua told us in Revelations that He is the beginning and the end.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." (Rev 22:13) In Hebrew it would be the aleph and the tav.

If you think of Him as the aleph and the tav, and life in between as the mem, the chaos, He then defines the purpose and the destiny of life. I like to think in analogies. Think of a guitar string as our life. It is defined by the beginning, the aleph and the end the tav. When the string is tuned it is adjusted in length by the pegs which determine the correct length to make the pure sound intended for that string. Yeshua is the aleph and the tav. He defines the length of our days and makes the pure sound to come out of the chaos or the mem. This is the power of Him who is the emet.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." (Joh 14:6-7)

Knowing Yeshua and knowing the Father is the truth, the emet. When we surrender to Him as the truth our life comes into harmony with the notes of creation. This is true freedom.

Life is inherently chaotic, unpredictable and can change drastically in an instant. In addition, we live in times where the “truth” is what the government and the media say it is. Under the banner of “science” and the threats of propagating misinformation pressure is mounting on people to conform to narratives and agendas which have questionable validity.

The Apostle Paul spoke to this kind of mob mentality:

Therefore, do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. (Col 2:16-22)

This passage was written to address the religious authorities of his day. The net effect is that we will all face pressures to conform whether it is as useless as covering our faces with cloth to keep us and others safe or allowing ourselves to be injected with dangerous concoctions that somehow are supposed to mitigate illness and yet seem to magnify the very thing they were supposed to help. Ultimately these are all attempts to corrupt the power that is found in the aleph and the tav which is the Word who is Messiah Yeshua.

As we go forward, we are being encouraged to abandon our trust in He who is the truth and lose trust in the Spirit of Truth who lives in us to lead us into freedom.

Activation: Let’s pause and ask the Lord to speak to us about His truth for us. Probably the most important question to ask is that which validates our sonship in Him. Let’s ask Him to speak to who we are in Him? Ask, who am I to you?

Next ask Him how is who am I related to my purpose and destiny?

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