Friday, July 4, 2008

Real Freedom...

I am truly glad to be an American. I know that I am blessed to live in a country that is free. But when think about being free, it has more to do with who I am in Christ not where I am in geography. Scripture is so clear about where real freedom comes from.

Some of my favorites:
2 Corinthians 3:17
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
That gives me the freedom in my heart... since the Spirit of the Lord lives there.

Isaiah the prophet tells us in Isaiah 61 about the ministry of Jesus:
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to prolcaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengenance of our God, to
comfort all who mourn and to provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead
of mourning,
and the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of
His splendor."

These words have been such an encouagement to me. I needed the good news, my heart has been broken and needed to be bound up, I have been a captive that needed to be set free. And... I need the ashes of my life to be turned into a crown of beauty. These are all things that Jesus does for me. And it is all for the display of His splendor. Wow!! That is awesome.

Galatians 5:1 tells us,
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves to be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
I do not have to be burdened by the yoke of slavery to sin... Christ has come to set me free from slavery to sin.

Romans 6:18 tells us
"You have been set free from sin and have become a slave to righteousness"
With the power of Christ in me... I can become a slave to doing right. Only, it won't seem like what we think of as a slave. I will actually be free to do what it right. No longer a slave to do what comes natural.

My freedom comes through Christ. My country is free... which allows me to pursue Christ with all that I have. I am truly blessed.

Happy 4th of July. Enjoy the Freedoms that God has given us.

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Melanie said...

Praise God! Yes, he who has been set free is free indeed. John 6:36. May more and more come to know this freedom that goes far beyond patriotism.


Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Glad I stopped by-love those verses and the reminder of what we have in Christ, His freedom!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Yolanda said...

Happy 4th of July, and the freedom we have through out the year.

Beverly said...

Praise God as I get into His Word every day He frees me from the bondages this world places on me. I am so glad I am free to worship Him. I have sat and thought for two days now how some countries don't have that and I am so thankful we do.
See you tomorrow.

Tracy said...

Amen! Rejoicing in this with you! You're right, we are so very blessed. = )

Lelia Chealey said...

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of
His splendor."

My favorite part of this verse. All teenagers need this prayed over them! :)
Will be praying for you Lynn.
Thanks so much for your prayers for my girl.
Love the look of your blog. :)

Lelia Chealey said...

Hey Lynn...
No "rules" for the study, just get the book & join right in! Lysa TerKeurst definitely writes for the "busy" woman as it is easy reading.
If you want to add the button to your sidebar that would be a great invitation for other bloggers to join in on the fun!
Can't wait for your input! "Talk" to you tomorrow! :)