Set Free for Freedom!
March 14, 2020: SOAP #3754: Deuteronomy 25-27; Galatians 5
Scripture: Galatians (NIV) 5:1 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.
13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
Observation: Freedom"whatan important word! Freedom"what adesirable state! Freedom"what a costly privilege! Freedom is so very important to people. But man'sfreedom is even more important to God.
Application: Being loved and served by those who have nofreedom to resist, that would not be a testimony to God's greatness. But when those who are free come to experienceGod's great love, and begin to see God's unique worthiness"when those begin tolove and serve him"when the free ones choose death over denying theirrelationship with such a loving God"that demonstrates that they consider Himworthy of their devotion.
In a perfect environment Satan chose to rebel against God. Now in this sinful environment God is gatheringa body of believers (the church) who become fully convinced that God is worthyand use their freedom to honor God and put Satan to shame!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for freedom! Thank you for the freedom to choose you overthe world. Forgive me for the times Ihave taken that freedom so lightly. Maythe choices I have freedom to make every day, in little and big things, bringyou honor. May they demonstrate my lovefor you. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!