Jordan For Jesus #008 "Freedom" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-04-10 08:59:14
Because of Jesus, we have been set free, and His freedom is freely given to everyone. Whatever may be holding you back from the Lord, God wants to set you free from that in order to have, experience, and embrace a personal relationship with Him. You cannot experience and embrace the fullness of a personal relationship with God when trying to experience and embrace the fullness of other things as well.
The Bible says, "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other." (Matthew 6:24)
It is the desire of God's heart to pour out His blessings and honor on those who honor and obey Him by doing what is right before Him. God responds to our faith in Him, and He is looking at our hearts.
Don't listen to satan's lies by thinking that God is only blessing everyone but you. Look for the blessings that God has poured out on your life. Thank God for His love, life, and freedom. Focus on honoring God and doing what is right, and you will experience freedom and blessing in Him.
It is the greatest blessing of all to bless the Lord by doing what we can to honor and obey Him and His word. Although we know it will never be enough, God says it is enough.
The Bible says, "So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed." (John 8:26)
Only through Jesus Christ can we be set free by giving our heart and life to Him. We experience freedom through what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Jesus is freedom beyond all freedom and where His spirit is there is true freedom!
"I will walk in freedom,for I have devoted myself to your commandments."
(Psalm 119:45, NLT)
"For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
(2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT)
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed"
(John 8:36, KJV)
"But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ."
(Galatians 3:22, NLT)
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
(Galatians 5:1, NIV)
"Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living."
(Romans 6:18, NIV)
"For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord's freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ's slave." (1 Corinthians 7:22, NIV)
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