Freedom

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So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free…..

The dream of freedom can enable men and women to overcome incredible obstacles and hardship to obtain it.

Where freedom is present nations and lives flourish. We are blessed in United States with opportunity and resources that are unimaginable in countries where individual freedom is non-existent. In these places poverty, hopelessness, and a lack of even basic necessities for life are prevalent. But the most important freedom that is denied in many of these places is the freedom of religion. The freedom to pursue and know God without restriction.

But even here in the home of the free with all that we have been blessed with true freedom  is an experience many have never had. 

When we live life outside God’s plan for us we can experience all the freedom we are entitled to by our laws and government, and never truly be free.

God has a very different view of freedom. He offers freedom from this pattern.  Paul underscored it when he wrote to the Romans: “But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master” (Romans 6:23).

Sin is the reason we do not experience true freedom. And sin can be defined in many ways. Sin is opposition to Gods laws most of which are the foundation principals of law that our courts, government and law enforcement adhere to. But more than a breaking of the “law” sin is missing the mark. Operating outside the plan and rebelling against the direction God has for our lives.

There are always two opposing forces in operation. One that encourages us to live our lives however we please, and one that encourages us to live in a way that pleases God’s. Many times living a life that pleases God will run counter to the worlds way of living.

In the long run following God’s voice, expressed through the Bible will lead to the life Jesus said would be “more and better than you could imagine” (John 10:10). Here and now and later.

Following the other voice? Well take a look around you at all the suffering, hardship, death, and destruction that exists for many in the world, even here in the U.S. where so much opportunity is available.

True freedom only comes from the Son who indeed can set us free..

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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