Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Yesterday in America we commemorated the lives of those who sacrificed their lives fighting for the freedom we have. Personally, I am grateful every day for the privilege of living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
But there is another freedom that far exceeds any political or social freedom. In fact, when this freedom is embraced it provides peace even when no other freedom is experienced. This freedom releases us from the bondage of condemnation and removes the chains of self-incrimination, self-valuation, and self-gratification. This freedom of which I speak is not political or social in nature. It does not originate in the mind of man. True freedom is spiritual, and is found only in the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
Starting this coming Sunday we will be studying the New Testament book of Galatians. It will be summer-long study of FREEDOM. Today’s challenge to you is to read the first five verses of the Apostle Paul’s letter. Here they are.
“Paul, an apostle— not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Galatians 1:1-5
Freedom is deliverance from bondage, and here we have the foundation of true freedom. Jesus sacrificed His life so we could be delivered from this present evil age for the glory of God. Jesus rose from the dead to guarantee eternal peace with God. May the shouts of freedom resound daily from all who believe.