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TRUE FREEDOM

Sunday, March 25, 2018

40 Days of Amazing Love – A love letter from God - Day 33 TRUE FREEDOM 

 

DAILY DEVOTION 

 

Romans 6:12-14 MSG 

 

That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

 

Romans 6:15-23 MSG 

 

So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny (law) , does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!

 

I’m using this freedom language because it’s easy to picture. You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing—not caring about others, not caring about God—the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?

 

As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.

 

But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.

 

REFLECTION 

 

Don’t vote for sin.

 

Don’t give sin the time of day.

 

Don’t let sin tell you what to do.

 

Ignoring God, doing what you feel like doing leads to a dead end.

 

You don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do.  Listen to God. He knows what’s best for you.

 

If you work hard for sin your whole life, your pension is death. But God gives the gift of real life, eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. That’s true freedom!

 

PRAYER DIRECTIVE 

 

Ask the Lord to sanctify you and cleanse you with the washing of the water by his word. Pray for the lost (those who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior).

 

~inspiring hope and seasoning faith, Pastor Sean and Dr. Regina Daigre

 

P.S.:  “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you (Luke10:19)”. God loves you.

 

 

 

 

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