Citizens in many countries believe they are free because their governments allow them to worship, speak, and travel as they desire. Yet despite the liberties a constitution may guarantee, countless people from those lands live in bondage. That’s because true freedom isn’t something that can be legislated. Rather, it is the ability to live a righteous life in the mercy, grace, goodness, and power of God.
True freedom means:
• Through Jesus, we are redeemed from bondage to sin and its consequences.
• Our hope is secure.
• God has enabled us to become all that He intended.
• Through grace, Christ has freed us to relate to one another in a godly fashion.
Is anything hindering God’s work in your life or interfering with your peace and contentment? Understand that the Christian life is a paradox: We are set free from bondage to sin yet choose to be bondslaves of Jesus.
Only when we fully surrender and sacrifice to Him can we truly live in freedom.
I shall walk in freedom, for I have sought your precepts. (Psalm 119:45)
An essential element of joy is freedom. None of us would be happy if we were not free from what we hate and free for what we love.
And where do we find true freedom? Psalm 119:45 says, “I shall walk in freedom, for I have sought your precepts.”
The picture is one of open spaces. The Word frees us from smallness of mind (1 Kings 4:29) and from threatening confinements (Psalm 18:19).
Jesus says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The freedom he has in mind is freedom from the slavery of sin (verse 34). Or, to put it positively, it is freedom for holiness.
The promises of God’s grace provide the power that makes the demands of God’s holiness an experience of freedom rather than fear. Peter described the freeing power of God’s promises like this: “Through [his precious and very great promises] you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Peter 1:4).
In other words, when we trust the promises of God, we sever the root of corruption by the power of a superior promise.
How crucial is the Word that breaks the power of counterfeit pleasures! And how vigilant we should be to light our paths and load our hearts with the Word of God!
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (verse 11; cf. verse 9).
There’s a reason the windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror. Your future matters more than your past!
God’s grace is greater than your sin. You thought the problem was your calendar, your marriage, or your job. In reality, it may be unresolved guilt. Don’t indulge it! Don’t drown in the bilge of your own condemnation. What you did was not good. But your God is good and He will forgive you. He is ready to write a new chapter in your life. Say with Paul, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14 TLB).
Your salvation has nothing to do with your work and everything to do with the finished work of Christ on the cross. Rejoice in the Lord’s mercy!
If you have sin in your past and you are worrying and condemning yourself for those wrongs, don’t. It doesn’t accomplish anything. Constantly focusing on your past mistakes will crowd out any positive feelings you can have about yourself. Some of the things that happen to us in our past are outside of our control but, I think you’d agree, can still have an impact on who we are today.
At my age I’ve come to realize I haven’t really accomplished anything noteworthy because of my worrying and condemning myself. I just didn’t have the confidence. As a matter of fact, I’ve made myself pretty miserable at times. But, you know what, I’ve also managed to do some good things in my life that I can reflect on and be happy about.
What’s my point here? Almighty God made you and God doesn’t make junk. Even if you think you are. God looks upon you with so much love that we don’t have the ability or capacity to take it all in. The most appropriate story I can think of that addresses the issue of our sinful past and being forgiven today is the one about the prodigal son. If you’re not familiar with the story it basically says the prodigal son got his inheritance ahead of time and then went out and spent it on a sinful lifestyle. When the son realized how messed up he was and had hit rock bottom, he decided to return home to his father hoping that he would at least hire him as a slave.
The father in this story receives the prodigal son with open and joyous arms and even throws a feast in his honor. The father in this story is our God, who loves us without abandon. He doesn’t look at our past. He looks at us now and forgives us of our sins if we ask him. God does not want us worrying about our past but instead focusing on Him and His love for us.
When we accept God’s love and stop worrying about what people think or worrying about our past, we can have the confidence to move forward and live in peace. Remember, God made a great sacrifice to insure that we are forgiven so we can live in peace and in His love.
The next time you find yourself worrying about something, stop and take a moment to focus on Jesus hanging on the cross. Why? Because He said, “It is finished.” What’s finished? All of your past.
Your past is done and you can’t do anything about it but Jesus did. So, start living today.
Writing a blog can be interesting and challenging at times. When I sit down to write a post I usually don’t have anything in mind to share with my readers. At the same time, however, I know it’s important to post to my blog those life concerns that deal with our relationship with Jesus and God the Father.
I ask myself, what do my readers need to hear or read that will be spiritually uplifting? When I am quiet for a period of time I believe God gives me direction. That direction is usually something that will help someone but not necessarily everyone. I think you’d agree we all have our unique challenges in life and they are something each of us struggles with. Some kind of sin or bad relationship or our life attitude in general.
The success you have in dealing with your daily challenges and living your life in a way that is pleasing to God involves reading, studying and knowing the bible. I found this to be particularly true in dealing with a personal issue. I found the appropriate verse in the bible and any time I started to lean in the wrong direction for my life, I quote the scripture verse I memorized. I repeat it to myself over and over until my situation resolves itself.
I had never done this before by using scripture to defend myself against the enemy of life. I always thought in the back of my mind, “How can that work just repeating the verse over and over?” I am here to tell you that it does work. You see, Satan can’t stand God’s word and what it represents in our life. He will do anything to keep us from reading the bible or even applying it to our daily lives. He knows that when we do he loses big time.
The next time you find yourself in front of a mirror asking yourself, “Why do I keep doing that thing I know is a sin against God and myself?” And then later on you find yourself beating up on yourself emotionally because of what you’ve done. If you’re tired of that vicious cycle and being attacked by the enemy you need to find the one verse that is right for you and your challenge.
Once you find your verse you need to memorize it, and then repeat it over and over to yourself until it becomes a part of you. Almost second nature if you will. Then when the enemy attacks, you automatically go into your scripture repetition mode and watch Satan flee from you because you resisted him. (James 4:7)
Men and women over time fought and shed blood to obtain and preserve the many freedoms we have today. The armies and airforces of this great nation and its allies landed on Normandy France beaches this day 73 years ago. June 6,1944. Thousands of lives were lost on that single day. Since that time countless more service members have died to preserve the precious freedoms we have in America.
Take some time today and reflect on the sacrifice these people made for you and me. In your prayers thank God for them and ask His blessings on them and their loved ones left behind. God bless America and let Freedom ring!