For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:31-36
….Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 

I am thankful I live in America where I can worship God without government interference or worse—persecution. Without that freedom, I couldn’t write my devotions every week and send them into web world. Corporations like Hobby Lobby have an opportunity to defend belief. Churches meet as often as they desire. I pray with all my heart the freedom I enjoy doesn’t disappear.  

If I ever had to worship in secret, be persecuted in public, or die for my beliefs I know that I am still free in Jesus. His truth has set me free. Only through repentance and total surrender to God do I have total freedom. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Pray with me for those folks who live in countries where the government dictates belief and for people who have not heard Jesus' truth. I don’t ever want to take the freedom I have for granted.

Happy 4th of July!

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