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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Inspired by. . . freedom

A movie poster claims, "Everyone is driven by something."

If that's true, then it's worth asking the questions,

"What is driving me?"

And...

"Is it positive?"

"Or enslaving?"

 

Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth:

Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin."  John 8:34

 

Dragon

Textured with Bonnie's medieval magic

 

I think about things in my past that have driven me, or perhaps more appropriately, held me captive. Most of these strongholds boiled down to a drive, a basic need for approval, manifested in a series of bad choices and just plain sin.

I think it's important to call sin - - sin. Rationalizing it, or pretending that it's not as bad as it is just gives the enemy the power to hold us tighter. To control us longer. Only truth can break the chains of sin. Only truth can free us from the suffocating, paralyzing weight that sin brings upon our soul.

 

So if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely free. John 8:36

 

I am often overwhelmed when I look back and see who I once was, compared to who God has made me today. Overwhelmed. Astonished. Humbled. Grateful. Unworthy.

 

Butterfly

Textured with Kim's justbe

 

Free.

The freedom I have in Christ, the victory over sin, the feeling of the emotional fetters falling from my hands and feet is. . .

. . .inexplicable.

There are no words to describe it. One must experience it to fully understand.

Christianity - a life lived with and for Christ - is far from the ball and chain that many believe it to be.

 

Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom.

Therefore, be firm in this freedom, and don't become slaves again. Gal 5:1

 

And if you are a Believer currently living a life of dos and don'ts, may I humbly suggest that you spend some serious time getting to know  your Savior.

 

You haven't received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again.

Instead, you have received the spirit of God's adopted

children by which we call out, "Abba! Father!" Rom 8:15

 

But now you know God, or rather, God knows you.

So how can you turn back again to the powerless and

bankrupt principles of this world? Why do you want

to become their slaves all over again? Gal 4:9

 

While nothing replaces simply picking up your bible and reading His Word, I have recently found some tools that you might find helpful.

YouVersion is simple, ad-free Bible that brings the word of God into your daily life. They offer several reading plans to help get you in the Word daily. I'm currently doing the Major Beliefs plan, along with some of my friends at Goodreads. Won't you join us?

Good Morning Girls offers online Bible studies. You can join an existing group, or form a group of your own. The main purpose of joining a group is for accountability. I'll be participating in their upcoming Gratitude study, and the Advent study. If you're interested in joining our group, send me and email and I'll send you the group info.

And last, but by no means least is e-sword. If you haven't checked out this resource, stop what you're doing and go there now! Seriously.

Oh, did I mention that all these resources are. . .

. . . free. . . .

 

Blessings,

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13 comments:

  1. It is so good to experience freedom in Christ! I pray people will pursue that through your encouraging words here. Thanks for the free app ideas. Blessings! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

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  2. Beautiful photos!! The butterfly always speaks of freedom and the new life found in Christ. Thank you for the exhortation and sharing the blessing of God in your life.
    Janis

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  3. Yes, yes, June! Freedom to love, serve, grow. The sky's the limit by His strength, His grace, His empowerment ...

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  4. Visiting from Deidra's. Thank you.

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  5. Hi, I have tried to join that Bible study, Major Beliefs, but can't figure out where to access the reading materials? Anyway, glad I found this link up. Thanks.

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  6. Thanks so much for the link to Major Beliefs. I'm heading over to check these links out now. Very much appreciated and so enjoy your inspiring posts. ~hugs 'n smiles~

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  7. Those online bible groups sound awesome - I really like the idea of a gratitude series. In a big way :)

    I'd love it if you'd link this inspiring post (and indeed any other inspiring posts) to my Inspire Hop - it happens every Monday on the blog. The link is below if you'd like to check it out.

    Have a great day!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  8. Beautiful post, and what a lovely butterfly! :)

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  9. Thank you! I was just reading Psalm 51 this morning and was so encouraged by David's reminder that God doesn't want us to spend our regrets in self-castigation. There is freedom in confessing our sin and regaining the joy of our salvation!

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  10. Lovely thoughts and image for today -- thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. Your words are "food" for our souls and your butterfly, .. well, it's so real that it nearly seems to touch it !!
    I truky thank you for it all :)
    Have a blessed week
    Dany

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