Focus devotional
In HIS Presence


Read: JOHN 8:31–36

Meditation verse:

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)


A fact is something known to exist or to have happened. It is known by experience or by observation. The problem with this is that it excludes the truth which cannot be seen or experienced. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus Christ is the truth; He is the word. His word which is the bible is the truth and it is different from the fact. It is only the truth which you know that will make you free. The fact you know is limited in its ability to set you free.

In every situation in your life, there is a ‘fact’ and a ‘truth’. The fact is that the world is going through a deadly pandemic, but the truth is that “No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Psalm 91:10). The fact is the doctor’s negative report of your condition, the truth is that “by His stripes you are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). The fact is that you are limited in your ability, the truth is that “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13).

The problem is that when faced with challenges, we tend to focus more on the facts surrounding the challenge. We ought to feed our minds with what the word of God says about that situation, and this is the truth. The fact is mere letters, and the bible says the ‘letter’ kills, but the spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6). The facts will drain you and keep you stuck in that situation; the truth which is the life-transforming word of God will deliver you from that situation.

How do you focus on the truth? You must first be in a relationship with the One who is the truth, Jesus Christ. You must spend time studying and internalising the word of God. It is the truth you know that can make you free. If your mind is starved of the truth, you have a big problem at hand. Feed your mind with the truth today and in your time of trouble, the truth which you know will set you free.


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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