Devotional Thoughts: What Truth Can Do

“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The truth shall set us free! There are just as many prisons as there are sins in this life. Materialism, addiction, pornography, lies, fornication, gluttony, and the list goes on and on! We are all born into original sin, the desire to sin. Maybe this first begins when we put ourselves first? “Mine!” young children shout as they seek to keep their toy to themselves. Some of us never get beyond this desire to kept it all to ourselves even throughout adulthood.

The verse before this one Jesus says, “31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”

If we abide in Gods Word then we can be set free. “Your future loyalty to my teaching will prove the reality of your present profession. So the conclusion of this future condition is put in the present tense. Continuance in the word (teaching) proves the sincerity or insincerity of the profession. It is the acid test of life.”

We learn the truth by studying and knowing the Bible. It is the revelation to us of who God is, what our purpose is and it’s God’s plan for us to be set free! Freedom comes with a price. God requires our lives, our homage shown publicly. We become His, a part of a great army seeking to advance God’s Kingdom through obedience.

Are you a slave to sin today? Living in bondage? Read God’s Word, the Bible, repent and be set free. You’ll wonder why you put it off in the first place. My fellow sinner, I am not better than you. I wish for you to find what I’ve found. Freedom, it’s the sweetest gift. Basque, dance, rejoice!

Devotional Thoughts: Free to be a Slave

No matter what happens in this life I know I live in freedom in my soul, the part of me that will live forever. I can say this with confidence because I have given my life over to God. I have surrendered, plead for forgiveness and strive to live as God commands. There’s a wild irony that presents itself in the lives of Christians. We are free, yet we are servants and slaves at the same time. “Idiocracy!” You might shout! This makes sense only to those who are a part of God’s Kingdom, believers who have also surrendered their lives. We are sharp as iron, unable to be stamped out. Kill us, but you cannot kill the soul. We serve a loving and perfect Master who has our best interest at heart. We are His bride.

As free people we have the freedom to choose anything but of course there are still consequences to our actions. Taking our freedom for granted and using it to do evil is a slap in the face to God. Those in our culture who think, “I can just keep on sinning because God will forgive me,” do not understand God at all. They only comprehend a small portion of what it means to be a believer, a Christian. Those are missing out. Some of these muddy the perception others have of the Christian Faith. We ought not judge God based on imperfect human followers who haven’t fully surrendered their lives to God. I imagine there will be many as the scripture tells us who think they know God but they do not. Please do not confuse these two kinds of people.

I am free! I am forgiven! What I do can leads others towards God or away from God. I am accountable. I accept responsibility. Step into the Light, expose your soul to God. Be transformed and experience this freedom. You’ll never be the same. God awaits.

Devotional Thoughts: Freedom

Freedom, it’s the celebration of independence here today in the United States. Freedom brings free will here on earth in ways that are beautiful but in other ways that are dangerous. The follower of Jesus does not abuse freedom like the one who chases after evil things does. We do not have to look very far to find abuses of freedom.

This verse in Galatians isn’t talking about the kind of freedom we celebrate today, but the freedom I have in Christ from sin. There’s no freedom greater than this kind! This verse precedes two powerful verses:

“14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”

Freedom in Jesus Christ changes us and gives us a desire to love others, even the unlovable. This freedom propels us to serve God and one another, to value every human being regardless of any differences we can fathom or name. If we do not do this we are in danger of devouring and consuming one another. We are so divided and this grieves God. Thinking I’m more important than another goes against God’s principles. We can only live today as God wills us to and that is the most radical lifestyle one can choose!

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was fueled by his Christian Faith, not political activism. Most politicians aren’t willing to lay down and die for a political agenda, but those who serve God stand for more than a political agenda. We are to be God’s representatives on this earth. This is not something we take lightly. We should not take this for granted! What am I doing with my freedom? Am I loving my neighbor as myself?

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