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Freedom Experience

Friday

July 6, 2012

Fri, Jul 06

Read

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure… Hebrews 6˸19

Think

Anchors play an incredibly important part in boats. The anchor keeps the boat secure, even in rough waters. And as a follower of Jesus, we have an anchor as well. Because Jesus was willing to take on the penalty of our sins, we have an anchor of hope. We know that we are forgiven and can find hope in Jesus’ love – even in the roughest waters.

Pray

Ask God to help you keep hope when life gets hard. Thank God that through Christ, we will never lose hope.

Act

Read Psalm 39˸7 and Psalm 62˸5. Mediate on what these two verses say about hope.

Thursday

July 5, 2012

Thu, Jul 05

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Unlike the other high priests, [Jesus] does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7˸27

Think

Do you get tired of doing things over and over, trying to make-up to God for what you’ve done wrong? We often wish we could be “perfect” for God, finally getting it right. But that’s just not humanly possible.  However, that doesn’t mean we are hopeless.  In Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, there is relief from the burden of needing to live a perfect life.

Day after day, the Jewish high priests offered sacrifices for the sins of the Jewish people. But no matter how great the sacrifice, it was never enough. But through Jesus’ death and resurrection, the perfect sacrifice was made.

We continually try to make up for the same mistakes over and over again, but freedom through Jesus means that we don’t have to achieve perfection to be right with God.

Pray

Thank God for the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. And thank him that because of his Son we don’t have to make it up to God for our sins. Tell God how much you love Him, because He loves us enough to offer the perfect sacrifice.

Act

Think of someone in your life that needs to hear what you learned above. Take the time to tell that person how much God loves them.

Wednesday

July 4, 2012

Wed, Jul 04

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5˸1

Think

When we think of freedom we generally think of the removal of physical bondage. On July 4th especially, we celebrate of our nation’s independence from Great Britain.  But there is another kind of freedom to celebrate; we are free from the bondage of sin because of the price Jesus paid on the cross. Being free of this bondage means that we can fully live out the life that Christ has intended for us.

We all have the opportunity to live a life full of God’s joy because of His grace. Are you living a life that reflects freedom from sin? Are you being held captive by some bad habits or unhealthy choices in your life?

Pray

Thank God for the freedom from sin He offers through his son Jesus. Pray for the strength to stand firm and resist the temptation to fall back into old habits or commit past sins.

Act

Take a few minutes and write down thoughts, habits, or choices that may be burdening you today. What are some practical steps you can take to avoid becoming bound by these things?

Tuesday

July 3, 2012

Tue, Jul 03

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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15˸13

Think

There’s nothing like freedom. All this week, we will think about it, honor it, and celebrate it as a country. But freedom is never free. It costs, and costs dearly. The truth is that freedom is the most expensive gift that any of us can have, because it comes at the highest cost – the price of someone else’s blood.

So many men and women have gone before us and sacrificed for the freedom we have. It’s true in our nation; and it’s true with our God. God sent Jesus, His only Son, to pay the ultimate price for our eternal security. And there is no greater gift than that.

Pray

Thank God for the men and women of our Armed Forces who were, and are, willing to pay for your freedom. And thank God for His willingness to pay for your eternal freedom through the sacrifice of His Son.

Act

Saying “Thank you” is one thing; showing it is another. Find a military member or vet and perform a  random act of kindness. Buy them a meal. Bake them some cookies. Mow their lawn. Take your “thank you” to the next level!

Monday

July 2, 2012

Mon, Jul 02

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3˸17

Think

This week, Americans reflect on the gift of freedom, and we remember that it is not something to take lightly. Yet, as great as the freedom of our country is, the reality is that the ultimate freedom is found on another level.
It’s great to be proud to be an American. There’s value in holding high the freedoms and experiences we have. But the greatest freedom any of us can ever experience is eternal security and peace through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Have you experienced the ultimate freedom? Have you shared the reality of that freedom with those around you?

Pray

Thank God for providing a way to ultimate freedom through His Son, Jesus Christ. Ask Him to give you opportunities to talk about that freedom with those around you.

Act

This week, write a thank you note to God, whether it’s on a napkin, in a journal, or on a scrap piece of paper. Carry that with you this week as a reminder of what He has done for you.