Jordan For Jesus #020 "Freedom In Christ (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-07-31 12:13:39
Satan is the one who aims to chain Christ-followers from being more than free in Christ who is freedom beyond all freedom by deceiving Christ-followers into giving their soul to the world rather than to God.
But satan is a defeated foe because it is impossible to chain what Christ has set more than free. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God set our soul free from the world to be given to Him alone.
Because our soul belongs to God alone, nothing can ever take it from Him because nothing can separate us from Jesus or the relationship we have with Jesus. Satan and the world can try to take our soul but neither will never succeed.
Nothing can ever be stolen or taken from the hands of God. Christ has set us more than free to give our only soul to Him and we do not need the world's permission.
Christ has set us more than free to have the mind of Christ by knowing God and His word, the Bible, which keeps us from being deceived. Christ has set us more than free to be in love with Jesus and to have a love relationship with Him in which we experience freedom like nothing the world has ever known or can satisfy.
Jesus is supernatural freedom beyond all freedom, and it is Jesus who has set us more than free because we have accepted Him into our hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior. We have made Christ the King of our hearts and lives by giving Him complete and total control over our hearts and lives.
Therefore, since we have been saved by Jesus, nothing can separate us from Him because He is freedom surpassing all freedom. Nothing can separate us from being in love with Him and from the everlasting relationship we have with Him by accepting Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus is more than all we need. Jesus rules and reigns in our hearts and lives. We do not. Jesus is power. We are not.
It is no longer about us at all because it is all about God. We are Christ-followers and because we follow Christ instead of the world, we are not of the world. We are of Christ!
So there are no chains, no limitations...just Christ who is unlimited freedom. Chains do not exist because only Jesus remains. Nothing competes or compares with God.
There is no competition or comparison. God wins.
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?" (Mark
"If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed" (John 8:36)
"We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped." (Psalm 124:7, NIV)
"I will walk in freedom,for I have devoted myself to your commandments." (Psalm
"For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT)
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)
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