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Fast 2018: Day 13

In the movie Braveheart, Mel Gibson played the role of William Wallace, the Scottish leader who led the Scots against the English.  At the end of the movie, Wallace is betrayed, captured, imprisoned, and executed.  Just before he died:  Wallace cries out the final word of his life, “Freedom!”  Wallace died for freedom.

I am thankful for freedom.  And while I believe in standing for freedom politically and nationally, Spiritual Freedom is what I am passionate about.  Freedom is a biblical, theological idea enacted by God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he addressed two major struggles among new believers that deeply hindered their spiritual freedom:  They struggled to believe they could be accepted by God and they struggled to understand the role Christ played in that acceptance.That’s something many of us deal with every day – imprisoned by doubt, enslaved by insecurity, held captive by religion and our own sin – but desperate to be free!

Galatians 5:1:  For freedom Christ has set us free 

Paul had preached the gospel to these people.  His message was, Jesus is enough – He is everything – you are accepted by God based on Grace & Faith – nothing else!  Not behavior – Not bragging rights – not baptism – nothing you bring to the table determines God’s acceptance and love for you!  Not even fasting for 21 Days will do it!  Only Christ’s presence in your life and the eternal hope and peace he gives will set you free.

II Corinthians 3:17:  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (ESV)

The kind of freedom we are given is not freedom to live as we want, but freedom to live as we should.  Through Christ we are unchained from doubt, insecurity, religion, and sin…WE ARE FREE to live for Him and His purpose, His Mission!   

Consider This:
In what areas of your life do you feel free?
In what areas are you still struggling with Freedom?

Pray This:
Father, your Spirit is in me.  And where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom!  Show me where areas of doubt, and insecurity and where I am still under the yoke of religion and the bondage of sin and help me surrender and accept the freedom I have in you!

Now:  Listen.  Write what you hear.  Consider the truth of what you hear (align with the truth of God’s Word). Commit to do the work of surrendering in each area God shows you.  It will be worth it!

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