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

Pics taken from google.com/search

Saying Sorry…

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I don’t even know how to begin this except by jumping in. Saying sorry is probably one of the hardest things that we have to do and probably one of the things we will do most often in our life. AGREE?? 

Now think about forgiving the person once they say I am sorry. How do you respond? Do you easily say,

Sure, of course I forgive you! 

Or is this more likely your response…

Are you kidding.. do you know how bad you hurt me? How could I possibly forgive you?

I bet it would be a close battle on which answer we chose as our response. Of course, I am sure it would also depend on the situation and the level of hurt it produced. You know what though? We should forgive, no matter what. Why? Because we are told to by Jesus Himself…

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”  Mark 11:25

Even though we are hurt, we should still forgive someone, especially when they ask for forgiveness. It is clear that the Father will not forgive us for our transgressions against others and Him if we don’t forgive others. And me for one, I don’t want to chance the Father not forgiving me. I want His forgiveness and His love all over me!

Make love not war is something I am sure all of us have heard at some point in our lives. And, honestly, it is something that I think all of us should strive to live for. Wouldn’t the world be a better place of we all loved instead of fighting? Not only that, isn’t loving so much easier than fighting?

Sometimes our inability to forgive others comes from the fact that we cannot forgive ourselves. Again, the same fact stands true that before God can forgive us, we must forgive others. That includes ourselves…

SAY I’M SORRY… FORGIVE…LET GO… MOVE FORWARD…

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The best way to be free, be free in the Spirit, is to let go of all things that weigh you down. The things of unforgiveness are really heavy and hard to carry. If we let Jesus take them from us, we no longer have to be burdened. We will be free, truly free!!!!

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.  Romans 8:1-2 (NLT)

Say you are sorry now, for anything that is before you. In that moment, think of those who you need to forgive and relay that too. Be sorry and forgive… once you do that, FREEDOM will ensue and you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. To me, that one of the most amazing things ever!

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