Posts Tagged ‘bondage’

  

“Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” (Deuteronomy‬ ‭7‬:‭6‬ NLT)

As I sat at the Burger King restaurant last night after church, I was privileged to be hanging out with some special friends, the ladies from Teen Challenge in Russellville, AR. I sat listening to their stories, where they came from, the addictions and past scars they are seeking to overcome, and the scriptures that they are standing on to accomplish it. To me, I was sitting amongst the bravest heroes I had ever met: Those that will truly fight their personal demons!

One of them shared this verse with me and it immediately struck my heart. How many of us sit in our regrets, stained by sin and failure, cultivating and perfecting the hatred we feel for ourselves to the point that we could NEVER see ourselves as treasurable? I would dare say that it would be all of us and probably occurs everyday. 

So here is a word of hope for today! You are truly a treasure to God! Don’t focus on the failed opinions of others or even yourself. Get to know God’s loving thoughts towards you and grow in that beautiful relationship! You are free to be loved today! 

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Even though we were dead because of our sins, God gave us life.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I stood before the family at the graveside this past week, a song played from a CD player, telling of looking for our loved ones on the other side of Eternity’s Veil. I glanced around the vacant cemetery, seeing the monuments shining in the bright Autumn afternoon sun. It was a gentle reminder to me of how precious and fleeting life is. When death comes, there is no place to hide.

This scripture speaks to me of how damaging and deadly our sins are to us. Sin creates a spiritual deadness towards God, making our lives living cemeteries; lives stuck in hopelessness and a continual moral decay. By continuing in our sins, we create a deeper wedge between ourselves, God, and even those we hold most dear.

The good news is that there is freedom! The cost is simply the surrendering of your life and the sinful habits you live in. The payoff, however, is your life! Freedom from self-hatred and hopelessness, and the possession of every promise God’s word has for you! Choose life over death! Choose to let Christ be over EVERY part of your life, holding nothing back! You are loved today!