Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 … He’s Alive & I Am Too

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 108

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to see/hear Nichole Nordeman singing I’m Finally Free, reminding all true Christians that we walk in freedom from our prison of sin because Jesus died on that Cross, for which we celebrate this week.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Ephesians 2: 1-2; … 4-5 [NKJV] …  
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, … 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), … 
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Ephesians 2: 1-10 [NKJV] … Go to this link  

Reference Passages #1: Ephesians 2: 10 [NKJV] …  
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Reference Passages #2: Titus 2: 11-14 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passages #3: Colossians 1: 9-14 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passages #4: 2nd Corinthians 9: 8 [NKJV] … 
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

My Journal for Today: If you’re reading this in 2014, this is Holy Week; and we’re at that point in the week where we’re remembering and prayerfully meditating on that horrible, yet wonderful, sacrifice that Jesus made by His ignominious death on the cross. And as He bled profusely on that tree, when He died after saying, “It is finished!” … I was set free from my sins.

Now that happened for me at age 39 on April 13, 1983, when, in total brokenness I yielded my former selfishness and sin habits and received Jesus as my LORD and Savior. I don’t know when that freedom was proclaimed in your life; but if it has happened for you, as Nichole Nordeman sings in the song linked above and which the attached photo represents, we, who’ve come in faith to receive God’s free gift of saving grace, now walk in the freedom of Christ’s resurrection power; and we can live in freedom from our sin nature by using God’s sanctifying grace to be God’s worksmanship in this world.

Please take the time to meditate on the Apostle Paul’s writings, linked or copied above, all of which declare that we have been freed BY God’s grace, THROUGH our faith, UNTO good works [primarily stated in Ephesians 2: 8-10. Because when we truly realize and respond to these truths, we can go – even today – to freely exercise the resurrection power that is ours in Christ to live, move, and work in freedom from the binding temptations of Satan, this world, and our own flesh.

So, let’s go and live in Christ’s freedom today!!

My Prayer for Today … Lord, in You I am free !!! … Amen

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