Unpack That Verse… Psalm 104:22 Freedom in Praise

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Praise the Lord, everything He has created, everything in all His Kingdom. Let all that I am praise he Lord. Psalm 104:22 (NLT)

How many times have you woken up in the morning and just felt sad, unsure of the day, depressed even, and basically did not even want to get out of bed?

For me, that used to be an everyday occurrence. Now, not so much, but it still happens.

Yesterday was one of those days…

I never used to know how to get past the cloud that seemed to consume me. But, I would push through and get up anyway and somehow make it through the day, but I remember it being a struggle.

I have learned as of late, that praise will draw me out of that place and instead place me in the presence of the Lord.

In His presence I will find joy, peace and love…

All I have to do is come to the Father either by praying, reading scripture, listening to worship music, singing to Him… crying out to Him or all five things and He comes… He comes rushing in like the wind and fills me.

Yesterday ended up being one of the best days. I really enjoyed it, felt joy, peace and love. And, I felt powerful, because I conquered something that used to control me. Praising the Lord freed me from bondage to this cloud of sadness and depression.

So, the next time that that cloud tries to consume you… let all that you are praise Him who loves you!

 

Are You Truly Free???

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What does FREEDOM mean to you? It can mean a variety of things depending on who you are talking to and even the setting.  As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, being free means no longer held by the chains of sin. In becoming a follower of Jesus, we confess our sins to the Father and ask for forgiveness.

David, of course, having completed the work God set out for him, has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now. But the One God raised up—no dust and ashes for him! I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised. He accomplishes, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on. But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God.  Acts 13:36-39 (MSG)

Once we do that we are made free in Him.

It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 1:13 (MSG)

And even, free of everything!  The chains are gone… BROKEN!!!!

In forgiveness we are made free…

As we choose to follow God and accept our true identity, He gives us the opportunity for complete FREEDOM. In our true identity, we are a son or a daughter of God the Father; we are royalty, princes and princesses; we are heirs to the throne of Heaven alongside Jesus.

What??? 

You got all of that right? Son or daughter, prince or princess AND heir to the throne of HEAVEN!! 

God the Father is our Father and we are His children… we are His… and He loves us. He loves us SO MUCH. And because of that love for us, the Lord wants us to be free… 

FREE from everything except His love!!!

FREEDOM in CHRIST

God gave us the opportunity to be FREE from sin and ultimately death through HIS son Jesus Christ. You no longer have to carry stuff around, the weights of all the worldy stuff. Jesus takes all of it for us and deals with it. God gave us Him along with the Holy Spirit as helpers, so to speak. They are there for us in our times of need AND our times of joy.

In this new identity and freedom we find forgiveness AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!! In addition, we are now given the ability to live life, in abundance, as God initially intended for us since the beginning of time.

Now, you have a choice…

GOD, abundant life, FREEDOM, LOVE

or

SIN, death, fear

Doesn’t seem so hard to choose when it is put like that huh?

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!  Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT)

Choose Jesus and find FREEDOM… and a life like never before!

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Bible verses taken from Biblehub.com in The Message Bible and the New Living Translation

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