Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 6

I am thankful for Freedom!

Isaiah 61:1
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,  because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted.  He has sent me to bind up he brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners."

Galatians 5: 1, 13
"Ir was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.  For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."

Thousands of men and women have died t home and abroad while protecting our country from those who would oppress us, or fighting to liberate other countries.  How very thankful we are for those men and women who have sacrificed on our behalf.  Freedom is always an expensive proposition, and this is equally true in a spiritual sense.  Even though we feel that we have the liberty to travel, to pursue activities of our liking, to speak up and voice our opinions, we are yet enslaved to all kinds of bondage.  Anger, stress, workaholism, bitterness, unforgiveness, depression, anxiety and fear can imprison us.

No nation is free until its people are free. And no person is free until he is free on the inside.  The truth is, there is only one way to be genuinely free.  John 8:36 says, "If Jesus Christ makes you free; you will be free indeed."  The greatest freedom is the freedom to live a Godly life through the power of the Holy Spirit--we are never fully free until the grace, goodness, and mercy of God become a reality in our personal experience. God's desire is that we would experience the freedom which comes from accepting His pardon and grace.  

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Jesus, Your only begotten Son, who gave His precious blood to purchase my freedom.  He has set me free from the power, the presence, and the penalty of sin.  Thank You, Father, that Your mercy, goodness, and grace are a reality in my life, and I am eternally grateful.  I am free, indeed!  May I not use this freedom as an opportunity to exercise my fleshly will, but through love to freely serve others.  In Jesus Name, Amen.  

Have a Blessed Day,
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