Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

  

“Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” ‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭119:49-50‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Kashmir Singh, an Indian national, was convicted in the late 1970’s of spying and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in Lahore, Pakistan, but the government stayed his execution shortly after. For 35 years, Singh lived on death row until 2008, when he was pardoned by President Pervez Musharraf. An emotional Singh spoke in an interview regarding his time at the Kot Lakhpath jail: “Hope keeps us alive. If there is no hope, then it would be difficult to live.” 

Hope is powerful indeed. As Christians, our hope comes from the Lord. Sometimes it comes straight from the pages of His Word, the Bible. Sometimes God gives it to us in another way, maybe through a situation or through a fellow Christian. But in one way or another, God makes Himself available to us in the form of His promises.

If God has given you hope through a promise that is yet to be fulfilled, remind Him of it. He’s not forgetful, but always working according to His plans for us. Reminding God of His words can help bring them to pass because He rewards our persistent cries! You are loved today! Live expecting!

  

“You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.” (Job‬ ‭10‬:‭12‬ NLT)

Lake Natron in Tanzania is one of the most serene lakes in Africa, but it’s also seemingly mythological, appearing to turn living animals to stone! The water’s alkalinity comes from the minerals that flow into the lake from the surrounding hills. And deposits of sodium carbonate — which was once used in Egyptian mummification — also acts as a fantastic type of preservative for those animals unlucky enough to die in its waters, appearing to turn them into stone!

While the caustic waters of Lake Natron only preserve after it has eaten away life, God preserves our life from destruction. Yet to a life undedicated to Him, it risks the ruin of itself due to the erosive nature of sin, selfishness, and self-destruction based upon Free Choice, which is not free from consequence. This dissolved life now stands as a monument to the world as stark as flamingo skeletons in briny waters. But does anyone notice?

Take today to REALLY LOOK at lives around you. Pay attention to more than gaudy trappings and sparkling laughter. Look in the eyes for life! See for yourselves the devastation of sin and the sweetness of salvation! Where lives are truly saved, God creates monuments of testimony! You are loved today! 

  

“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! 

  

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭36‬ NIV)

Discovered just off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa is the first known slave ship that sank with its human cargo of slaves aboard. Setting sail from Mozambique in December 1794, the Sao Jose began its four-month journey to deliver 400–500 slaves to sugar plantation owners in Maranhao, Brazil. Pressed against one another, the slaves were shackled in the hold almost constantly during the trip.

Twenty-four days into its voyage, the vessel ran into a severe storm. The captain, crew, and about half of the slaves survived. It was a valiant effort to save the slaves lives, but some 200 still perished. And those that were freshly saved? Within two days, the rescued slaves were resold to another party. 

Some days it feels like our newfound peace and freedom from Sunday is gone by midweek. But what Jesus performs in your life is enough, regardless of how you “feel”, if you walk in His ways! Stay free from the slaveries of a fallen life by doing right! You are loved! 

  

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭36‬ NIV)

Discovered just off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa is the first known slave ship that sank with its human cargo of slaves aboard. Setting sail from Mozambique in December 1794, the Sao Jose began its four-month journey to deliver 400–500 slaves to sugar plantation owners in Maranhao, Brazil. Pressed against one another, the slaves were shackled in the hold almost constantly during the trip.

Twenty-four days into its voyage, the vessel ran into a severe storm. The captain, crew, and about half of the slaves survived. It was a valiant effort to save the slaves lives, but some 200 still perished. And those that were freshly saved? Within two days, the rescued slaves were resold to another party. 

Some days it feels like our newfound peace and freedom from Sunday is gone by midweek. But what Jesus performs in your life is enough, regardless of how you “feel”, if you walk in His ways! Stay free from the slaveries of a fallen life by doing right! You are loved!