“He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (Jn. 14:17, NLT)
Truth was the subject of Jesus’ conversation a lot during His week leading up to the cross. Why? For one thing, He knew that the father of lies, the devil, would try to destroy His friends. After all, if the enemy can get people to believe lies (or, more subtly, that truth is squishy, subjective, or unknowable), then he can shake the very foundations of life and faith. If people don’t know (or can’t be sure) about the truth about God, themselves, or the universe they live in, they will tend toward confusion, purposelessness, and futility.
Jesus doesn’t want that for us! Truth—perfectly mixed with grace—is how He lived (Jn. 1:14). Truth, along with life and direction, is who He is (Jn. 14:6). Truth, He says, is something you can know and when you do know it, it leads to freedom (Jn. 8:32).
But how can we know truth? One way is by inviting the Holy Spirit to help us as we read Scripture. As you open your Bible, pray and ask Him to point out any lies or half-truths you’ve bought in to. For example, perhaps until now you believed that truth was subjective or unknowable. But John 8:32 says you will know the truth. If God points something like that out to you, confess the lie or distortion you used to believe and replace it with a statement of what God says is true. Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you believe, think, and live according to that truth.
Most of us have taken in a lot of the world’s skewed and distorted thinking. But we have the Holy Spirit and the world doesn’t. We don’t have to stay stuck in deception and uncertainty. By making it a practice to regularly read the Word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit, letting go of any lies you’ve picked up and embracing the truth revealed there, you will come to know the truth that will set you free.