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“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”

Galatians 5:1

It’s been a week of celebrating freedom in Canada and the USA. I’m sure at one point or another we have each taken a moment to thank God that we live in a country that allows us to worship freely. I am so thankful that I can enter into His presence without worry that my life may be in danger.

I am also thankful that Christ has set me free from the bondage of sin. He has redeemed me and my past no longer has control over me. This scripture tells us though to “stay free” and to not get tied up in slavery again. Oftentimes we blame situations or tragedies for our current spiritual state or for how bad we are struggling or battling through a season.

Ultimately, it’s up to us though. Yes, we can always find freedom in Him and deliverance – but we must make the daily choice to stay clear of temptations and situations that will bind us. His desire is for us to remain free, as He paid an incredible price for us to do so.

Be aware of your surroundings, and what you allow into your home and mind. Is the way you’re living right now going to cause you to sacrifice your freedom, or will it draw you closer to God?

Lord, help me to recognize when I am going down the wrong path. Help me to be aware of my choices, and that every choice has a consequence or reward. I want to draw closer to You, so help me to stay away from anything that hinders that from happening.

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”

Proverbs 17:9

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We women tend to dwell on things, and I can honestly say that I am guilty as charged! My mind wanders and before long I have made up an entire (ridiculous) scenario in my mind that will probably never happen. Am I the only one who does this? Surely it has to be a “woman” thing.  Arguments and past disagreements have a way of suddenly popping into my mind, and I’m frustrated all over again.. about something that happened 6 years ago.

We also have a hard time just moving on from something. We are masters at “fighting” with our husbands because we can recall something that happened weeks ago, months even – while he struggles to remember what you are even arguing about in that moment. This scripture reminds us though that if we forgive a person, love prospers. Love wins! We can experience victory, and freedom because of forgiveness.

Now I know that there are deep rooted issues in some of your lives. Maybe past abuse, or a tragedy that literally shook you to your core and forever changed your life. But forgiveness is beneficial to YOU! Yes, You! Only Jesus can help you to forgive horrible things like that though.. after all, He forgave those who crucified Him and extends mercy to us every day.

Don’t allow something small and petty to break the bond of friendship in your life. And don’t allow whatever is hidden in your closet to keep you from walking in freedom, hand in hand with the King of Kings!

God, help me to really search my heart today. Am I holding onto resentment or becoming bitter about something I should have turned over to You a long time ago? I want nothing between us Lord. I lay it all at Your feet today, help me to walk in freedom and newness of life.

 

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Do I truly value my freedom? Do I really understand what it means to be free? True freedom doesn’t mean the absence of adversity nor does it mean that I am exempt from all authority. Pure freedom is the freedom of the soul that only God can give and no man can take it away.

Prayer: Lord, You came to free us from our past mistakes and to liberate us from a life of servitude to sin so we could follow truth. Because of You, I live in freedom regardless of the prison of circumstances that may surround me.

Devotion by Julie Long