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Which Truth Sets you free? Is it any or all the Truths you tell ? Or is it any or all the Truths you are told ? Or is it any Truth that you know? And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free John 8:32

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : The Bible encourages us to tell the truth Zechariah 8:16 ( KJV ) … Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates :

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : God hates a lying tongue before a murderer . Proverbs 6:16-17 ( KJV ) These … doth the LORD hate: yea, … abomination unto him: … a lying tongue , and hands that shed innocent blood,

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : It is wicked to bring up a false report. Exodus 23:1 ( KJV ) Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness .

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DOES ?

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : Sometimes it may be expedient To be economical with the truth, Even if you are not out rightly lying.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If your wife is very charming, attractive and beautiful but she is from your village and you are going to America, you may do well to tell the much lesser truth and introduce her as your sister.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : Otherwise some randy cop may shoot you from behind and claim he thought you were a terrorist all in the effort to eliminate you so he can go out with your wife. That was Abraham’s thinking

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If you are a handsome promising young man And you are presently underemployed As a houseboy to a very influential and Powerful man . If this man has a very beautiful young wife Who flirts herself to you

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : When the hubby is away, She corners you to her room And insists on you having her And one day , And you refuse .

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If while you try to Escape from her room, You lose your shirt

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : And she then uses your torn shirt as evidence to your master, her husband That you tried to rape her.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If your master interrogates you, you’d be better off playing dumb.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If you insist on telling the truth so that your side of the story may be heard,

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : you risk having your head chopped off in aggravated anger. You may die a slave

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : When you would’ve lived To be a prime minister. If your master insists you must speak, you may say:

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : “God forbid that I should take up a case Against my lord’s favoured wife”

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If your husband had an August Visitor and you gladly entertained Him

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : But did not know that He can see from His back And hear your laughter Even when your teeth did not show .

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If you eavesdropped on their conversation, and you laughed silently at something He said that sounded unattainable.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If He protests to your husband about your laughter, you may, in deference to Him, say “I laughed not”

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : So that your faithlessness d oes not appear and you lose the opportunity f or the extraordinary.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : If your Oga Patapata sends you on an errand that you know will offend the king

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : You may encumber yourself with excess luggage in pretense just in case

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : The king’s men ask you of your mission: you may say

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : “I am going to Shiloh …” or something like that.

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : You may not be exactly truthful but you may have

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : saved yourself some time in prison

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For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) : or even the premature decapitation of your head and destiny.

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Telling the truth is good. It is recommended. However , it is not a guarantee for freedom. Sometimes it may send you to jail or worse. For the Truth You Tell (Honesty) :

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The Truth that You are Told (Hearing) The truths that you are told Are prone to be precarious to you. Like Anthony alluded to in Julius Caesar, Your good is forgotten as soon as it is done B ut the evil about you is kept alive Even after you are dead. “The evil that men do lives after them The good is oft interred with their bones” (even from the pulpits)

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The Truth that You are Told ( Hearing ) When you think of Naaman , What is the 1st thing That comes to your mind? – NAAMAN, THE LEPER – not Naaman , the Captain or the heathen believer Even Jesus Christ was not exempt. Luke 4:27 (KJV) And many LEPERS were in Israel … Naaman ...

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The Truth that You are Told ( Hearing ) What of Rahab ? – PROSTITUTE. Very few know she was a grandma to Jesus Christ & David (though she was not a Jew ) In telling the truth about you, the negative abounds. Hebrews 11:31 (KJV) By faith the HARLOT Rahab perished not …

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The Truth that You are Told ( Hearing ) Imagine your birth That it brought so much pain Even your mother could not ignore it (she named you Harbinger of Pain) And your father did not counter the confession, Every time someone calls your name, N egative abounds. 1 Chronicles 4:9 (AMP ) … his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker] , saying, Because I bore him in pain.

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The Truth that You are Told ( Hearing ) But Jabez was honourable Although it is true he was born in sorrow He did not allow that truth he was told to deter him (He Prayed) Against the truth he was told, A new truth was told about his coast. 1 Chr 4:10 (AMP) Jabez cried to the God of Israel …

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The Truth that You are Told ( Hearing ) Whatever they told Jabez , Every time they called him was not a lie It is just that some truths you are told Are not very liberating! 1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV) … And God granted him that which he requested .

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Is it Any Truth You Know? It is very possible to know a lot Things that you know are true. Knowledge of these things do not N ecessarily guarantee freedom.

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Is it Any Truth You Know? You believe the Bible is true In it you hear “The soul that sinneth … How many times has this Freed you from your sins? TRUTH I believe it too! It shall die!

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Is it Any Truth You Know? You may know that you are a foolish man Your parents were careful enough They named you Nabal . TRUTH נָבָל - Nābāl . Fool. The noun nābāl … also emphasizes being ignoble and disgraceful, a downright boor .

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Is it Any Truth You Know? Despite your knowledge That same truth you know may cause And send your wife Into the arms of another man. TRUTH of this truth your demise

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Is it Any Truth You Know? You know that and that in Physics or Dynamics, this result is called instantaneous velocity You may still be hit by a moving train!

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You may understand … All there is to know about Queue Theory. When your time is up … Is it Any Truth You Know? There is nothing stop your transition to eternity! y ou can do to

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Is it Any Truth You Know? that SETS YOU FREE! It is not every truth that you know that guarantees freedom. There is a particular truth that you know

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It is common to quote John 8:32 as ‘Truth sets free’ In the generic sense. This is quite different from what Jesus said i n the Scripture John 8:32 (KJV) And ye shall know the truth , and the truth shall make you free .

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The Scripture version is very specific in that it makes use of the article ‘ the ’. In Civil Construction contracts, there is always a position called ‘ The Engineer’. There may be many engineers employed on the project and there is ‘The Engineer’.

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The Engineer is a specific position appointed for the project; occupied by one. He cannot be mistaken for other engineers that are working on the project. It is the same thing with mistaking truth with The Truth .

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The Scripture is self-defining, it did not leave us in doubt as to who or what this Truth is.

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John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, THE TRUTH , and the life … John 1:17 (KJV) … grace and truth came by Jesus Christ . John 8:36 (KJV) If THE SON therefore SHALL MAKE YOU FREE , ye shall be free indeed

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Jesus has therefore shown Himself to be this truth He is talking about and also the instrument of the freedom .

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It is therefore obvious that to know the truth is to know Jesus Christ.

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Now, Jesus is not here with us physically. So how do we get to know Him?

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Now, there is a clear link between Jesus Christ and the Word of God in the Bible

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John 1:1, 14 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD … And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH , and dwelt among us …

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(we have before above e stablished Jesus Christ as The Truth spoken of in the Bible …)

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1 Kings 17:24 (KJV) … the WORD OF THE LORD in thy mouth IS TRUTH . Psalm 138:2 (KJV) I will worship … and praise thy name for … THY TRUTH : for thou hast magnified THY WORD above all thy name .

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John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: THY WORD IS TRUTH .

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Freedom is therefore standing on a tripod with 3 intersecting legs namely The Truth , The Word and Jesus Christ .

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At the center of these intersections is the free man Commitment and freedom increases from outside inwards. Therefore we have The Outliers, The Middlegrounders and The Free Indeed

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Truth Christ Jesus The Word Philosopher “Truth seeker” Confused Confusing Easily swept away by “logic” Present at every c rusade Seeker of Powerful MOGs Confounded by miracles Easy to exploit Babe. Needs to be fed with milk Easy to offend and be offended Reads the Bible often Thinks the Bible is one of many The Bible is a good moral compass Cannot come to terms with its infallibility Not hesitant to compare with other sources It is an amazing book nonetheless The Outliers

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Truth Christ Jesus The Word Found out Jesus is more than just a miracle provider Maybe He is exactly what He says He is Set to be more committed Can still be exploited The more he opens the Book, the more the Book opens to him He now finds it hard to see how mere mortals could have compiled such systematic, consistent compilations over millennia The Bible is not just a good moral compass It has become a standard The Middlegrounders The babe is digging deep He has found that to be a Christian, you need The Word Beginning to find adumbrations of Christ in Scriptures Still confused about certain words in Scripture

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Truth Christ Jesus The Word He was looking for the truth Now, The Truth has found him Looking for miracles from God Now, he has found the God of Miracle He sees Christ in every word of The Word The Word has become flesh The Laws and ordinances have transformed into Grace and Truth What he thought was literature and history has become Life Every word is a sharp edged sword The Free Indeed The babe has grown into a man No longer a child Now a son. A son of God No more interested in the acts He seeks the ways of God Christ the Truth has revealed to him The Truth by God’s word

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You must know Christ and the Christ you know must be as defined within the ambits of the Word otherwise , you know a lie and you are still bound.

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Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV) … If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book

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1 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV)  … that ye might learn … not to think of men above that which is written … Galatians 1:8 (KJV) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed .

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You must know the Scriptures but that knowledge must reveal Jesus the Christ in the flesh – crucified and resurrected – otherwise your knowledge is vain – you are still in your chains!

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John 5:39 (KJV) [Jesus said] Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

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Acts 26:22 (KJV) [Paul preaching Christ] Having therefore obtained help of God, I … witness … saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

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Romans 1:1-2 (KJV) … the gospel of God ,  (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

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John 1:45 (KJV) … him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth …

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Any truth you know Any truth you tell Any truth you are told If it is not the Jesus of the Bible It cannot guarantee any form of freedom

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Background Music Credits Orange Free Sound ( http:// www.orangefreesounds.com ) Bensound ( https:// www.bensound.com )

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