Freedom

                                        Daily Scripture  Readings

 

  Ps 118:5 In my anguish I cried to the Lord…

     Have you ever struggled with something to the point of despair ?

     How long did you pray for relief?

     How long did you continue to praise God for His deliverance?

 

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free..

 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

 

     How does this verse relate to “whom much is given much is expected.”

     What other biblical passages does this remind you of?

      How do we handle the responsibility of freedom as a nation, church?

 

You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free

 

“ Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

        

                                                John 8:32

 

      Have you ever been enslaved by a lie?

      Why are lies sometimes so difficult to discover?

       What are some of the fruits of honesty?

 

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

                                                Ephesians 3:12

        Have you thought about the gift of being able to approach God this way?

         Do you understand where our confidence comes from?

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit and where…

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

2 Cor. 3:17

         Does it comfort you to see all three persons of the trinity providing and protecting

           our freedoms?

         Are you listening for the counsel and warning from the Holy Spirit daily?

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”

Luke 4:18-19

          What was the universal state before the coming of Christ?

          What was your state before coming to Christ?

          Can you see where your freedom is based on a relationship rather than a tradition or religion?

 

 

                                                FREEDOM

 

        Freedom is such a simple word, such an amazing truth and such a global ideal. Just a few short days ago, I sat on my front porch and watched as fireworks lit up to sky to celebrate the birth of our nation and more importantly our nation’s commitment to freedom. Even as I was watching, in other parts of the world bombs and rockets were going off as others tried to acquire or deny freedom. As I sat on the porch, the phone rang it was a young man I have been talking to. He called to tell me it was 9:30 at night on the Fourth of July and for the first time in years he was sober to see it. Freedom comes in all kinds of packages and I thank God for the ones he has blessed us to enjoy.

    I thank God that I was born in a nation that believes freedom is an inalienable right. I thank God for all those who have fought and sacrificed to protect and preserve that right. I thank God that we live in a nation where we are free to assemble; to worship and to share our faith and belief without fear. I pray that we will always be a nation that believes in those rights. May God bless America and may we remember that we were created one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all. May revival light up this land from sea to shining sea and may it begin with us.

    Still as grateful as I am for our national freedoms and responsibilities, I am far more grateful for my kingdom freedoms;  Freedom in Christ as an ambassador for my Lord; Freed from the weight and penalty of sin; Freed from the bondage of self; Freedom to approach, seek and serve my Lord Freedom that is undeniable and eternal. May we use that freedom wisely never confusing it with license. May we live our lives joyfully, fully aware of our blessings. And may we spread the good news faithfully aware of all those who still live in the bondage of sin. Freedom is a great gift and a great responsibility. Live free.