1.“If you hear My voice and abide in My words, you are truly My disciples; you will know the truth, and that truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
These precious days we have on earth, as we scramble to discern the truth from alternative facts, we have an Internal Guide who helps us in this winnowing process, dividing wheat from chaff. If we truly wish to determine truth from lies, rather than taking our trusted talking heads at face value, we must listen to our Advocate and meditate on His words and guidance.
If we claim we follow Jesus but ignore His words, we don’t truly follow Him. Most of His words have to do with love: loving God, loving each other, loving our neighbors and loving our enemies. His longest prayer is to our Father, praying we love one another in order to show the world we belong to Him, and in order that we may be unified in our walk with Him.
Unless we obey His requests and commands to do this, we’ll never know the truth of God’s unconditional love and generous grace for the people He created, for the family He adopted us into. We’ll never be free of our ego, our anger, our resentments, or our desire to take over God’s job of judging humanity.
2. Jesus told him, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Is Jesus telling us no one can experience the love and grace of God unless they come to accept that He is the only Son of God, crucified and risen again? Some will think me a heretic, but I don’t think this is what Jesus is saying here! I think Jesus is saying, since all He says comes from the Father, we cannot truly know our Father unless we truly know Jesus.
Jesus is telling us He is the embodiment of the Father – the One we’re used to thinking of as the Old Guy with The White Beard. But that’s not who the Father is. The Father is Jesus!
If you want to access the Father through your prayers then understand He is not the warmongering, genocidal, egotistical, craven God you thought was portrayed in the Old Testament. That God is a myth. Our Heavenly Father does not exist remotely, far away up in the clouds. He is in you; He cares for you in a way that is beyond our human understanding.
He came to earth in human form – in the form of Jesus – to teach us about love and to show us His real, true character. His character is not of myth and judgment, but of mercy, grace, hope and love.
3. “When the Holy Spirit, who is truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not be presenting his own ideas, but will be passing on to you what he has heard from the Father to Me, and from Me to him.” (John 16:13)
Jesus never did a deed nor spoke a word that was not from the Father because the two cannot be separated; they are one and the same. Jesus demonstrates the Father to us in human form, just as the Spirit communicates the Father to us in the form of internal guidance, comfort, wisdom and power. The Spirit also communicates to the Father (and to Jesus) from us in the form of prayer.
As we make a practice of abiding in Jesus, His words become familiar. The Father’s voice becomes recognizable. The Spirit’s prompting becomes humbling. The clarity of God’s listening becomes palpable. We become grounded, teachable, transformable.
We suddenly and regularly become cognizant of truth when we hear it, and more able to discern untruth (alternative facts) when we hear it. We no longer rely on talking heads for advice or counseling because we know the best Counselor is inside us. All we need to do is listen to the One whose voice truly matters.