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! 

 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ NIV)

During the Civil War, a Union private was being court-martialed for sleeping at his post, resulting in a sentence of death. According to the Great American History group, President Lincoln heard of it and resolved to pardon the soldier. He immediately had it drafted and sent.

On the day of execution, the President wasn’t sure that his order had been processed since there was no reply. So he personally had his carriage take him through the heat and dust to the camp 10 miles away to make sure the soldier was spared! I’m pretty sure that man never forgot where his rescue came from!

Know today that Jesus did the same for you, coming to your rescue at just the right time. Not only does He deliver us from Hell, but also from the daily struggles we encounter. We don’t deserve it, but I gladly receive it! Celebrate your Savior! You are loved! 

 

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” (Acts‬ ‭24‬:‭16‬ NIV)

In 1991, a New Hampshire school administrator, Pamela Smart, had an affair with a 16 year old student, then convinced him to kill her husband. She was sentenced to life without parole. In an interview 23 years later, she admits not listening to her conscience:

“I was in a situation where I knew better. And I shouldn’t have made the decision that I did to be involved with him. It took me many years to see my own responsibility.” 

Our conscience is that ability within us that attaches itself to the highest standard we know, and then continually reminds us of what that standard demands that we do. If God’s standards are what I seek in my daily life, then those will be what I am, and should be, reminded of. So I must live in such a way that my conscience is clear towards both God and those around me by living to that higher standard, not intentionally sabotaging myself in a fit of selfish action.

When you begin to debate, stop immediately. When we argue with the Holy Spirit, we lose every time! If a stricken conscience is a cruel taskmaster, then find freedom that only comes from doing what is right! You are loved today!