Tuesday, July 04, 2017

July 4, 2017 … Freedom Forever!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 185 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Nichole Nordeman singing her song … Finally Free … poignantly singing of the freedom we who believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross to set all true believers free from our bondage of sin.

Highlight Verse[s]: Romans 6:22 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … 
22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.
Highlight Passage [context]: Romans 6:15—23, 8:2 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Paul declares and celebrates the freedom from self/sin born-again Christians have with our faith in King Jesus as Lord of all!

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … John 8:36 [NLT] … 
36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 
… Jesus has set free all who believe Him to be the Living Truth!

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Galatians 5:1 [NLT] … So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. 
… Paul helps Christians to be free from legalism and religions by the true freedom we have by believing in Christ as LORD and KING.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Julie Ackerman Link, used a news release to remind us of the feeling of freedom we Christians should experience everyday and for eternity. The ODB author wrote: After being kidnapped, held hostage for thirteen days, and released, New Zealand news cameraman Olaf Wiig, with a broad smile on his face, announced, “I feel more alive now than I have in my entire life.” 
For reasons difficult to understand, being freed is more exhilarating than being free. 
For those who enjoy freedom every day, Olaf’s joy was a good reminder of how easily we forget how blessed we are. This is also true spiritually. Those of us who have been Christians for a long time often forget what it’s like to be held hostage by sin. We can become complacent and even ungrateful. 


For those few readers from across the pond in Europe or Africa, forgive my American attitude of celebration today as we here in the USA celebrate our “Independence Day,” the day we honor our declaration of freedom from the rule of another nation. And you Brits, forgive our ardor for freedom on this date yearly since that nation was yours. ... LOL!

But seriously, there is another freedom which takes vast precedence over our national independence day; and that’s the day any Christian celebrates as the day (or time) when he/she was set free from self/sin by repentance and belief in Jesus as the Son of God and Lord of all. And that’s the freedom, Paul and Jesus spoke of in the Scriptures above and the freedom Nichole Nordeman sings of in the linked Song

So, for those who have been set free from the bondage and shackles of sin [see photo], as I have, join me in a robust … HALLELUJAH!!! 

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … HALLELUJAH [!!], … You have set me free from myself … FOREVER! … Amen

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