Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'
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.
For most of my life, I avoided mirrors. But when I caught a glimpse of myself at 360 pounds, I didn't see anything glorious. When anorexics look into mirrors, they don't see glory either. We both see despair. We both see lies.
Without Jesus in the picture, we can't see straight. Undeniably, the truth will make us free. Therefore, the enemy distorts our vision with everything but the truth. He wants us in bondage. Especially Christians. Can Satan chain God's elect? Yes, if we believe him instead of Him.
The Bible says, 'Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling' (Philippians 2:12). At the same time, God is 'Working salvation in the midst of the earth' (Psalm 74:12). It's a Person-to-person working agreement of faith. We show a little; He shows a lot.
Jesus' words in John 8:31-32 have been my hope and anchor as a late-in-life Christian. He gives us four simple steps to freedom from every type of bondage, including food and eating disorders:
1) 'If you abide in My Word': Living in the Word of God is a 'must do.' We wake up in It. We come home to It. It is our Refuge, our Nourishment, our Friend, and our Father. Therefore, stay in God's Word morning and night. 'But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night' (Psalm 1:2).
2) 'You are My disciples indeed': In deed, in action--we belong to Jesus, the God of Action. We have His anointing, His protection, His purpose, and His power. 'Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases' (Luke 9:1).
3) 'You shall know the truth': No if's, and's, or but's. We shall know the truth. The Truth (the big 'T') is Jesus. 'I am the way, the truth, and the life' (John 14:6). He is also the way to our perfect body, which He promises will be transformed to resemble His.
4) 'The truth shall make you free': Since Jesus is The Truth, He is committing Himself to do the job in each of the lives of His disciples. If we stay in His Word, keep the faith, and work with Him.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.