Dear Ones,
Happy weekend! May we live each day freely in trust of Him who gives true freedom. I am looking forward to time today with a dear sister in the Lord from D.M! We always seem to just resume where we last left off.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
We probably all dream of living a free life, without worries and anxieties but wonder how that becomes a reality. Although we live in a free country, we are enslaved by so many things and the free life seems like it is a distant country. Jesus was the freest person that ever lived and only by trusting in Him will we be able to live life freely. When God is the center life seems spacious and free, but when we put ourselves as the center, life gets constricted and unfree as anxieties pile on us. We have a choice of how we can live!

The apostle Paul writes often in his letters about freedom. He mentions it ten times just in his letter to the Galatians.  He says in Gal.5:!3, “For you were called to freedom, brother. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” A free life is a gift and not something we earn but something that is free for all who receive it. We’ve probably all met people who we have met that just sail through life freely and lightly, even when going through hard times. It is beautiful and speaks volumes even though they may not say a lot. We also, can live free only because of God’s actions and our part is to respond. On our own we can’t live a life of freedom.

The apostle Paul sure is an example of freedom. I still marvel every time I read how he sang praises even while in stocks in prison. Wow! Faith and trust make all the difference! He wasn’t free because of his Jewish upbringing or that he was a Roman citizen and neither are we free because we live in America. Our freedom is in the Lord and when we come to know Him, He sets us free from our self-life and all of its dead ends. Whenever we choose to live apart from the Lord, we lose our freedom. Jesus came to rescue us from enslavement to ourselves and our culture and to set us free to be His children.
Let us live courageously in the freedom He came to give with the price of His life.
Challenge for today: Hear the call to freedom and let the Lord change you and set you free!
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy