Day 6 – My God is … Summer Bible Challenge
Today’s Reading:2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17, Romans 6:1-23, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21 (Click here to read online.)
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As we read today, we are searching for qualities expressed with the words that begin with F. I can not think of God without considering FREEDOM. Not freedom as the world defines it. But, true freedom.
Romans 6:14 (NLT) says
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Live under freedom. Freedom is never free. There is always a price for freedom. Our freedom in America came at the cost of the brave men and women who fought for it. Our spiritual freedom comes at the cost of the Cross. So, when we think of living freely, we need to consider the cost.
Freedom Reigns is an incredible worship song that speaks to the freedom that comes “where the Spirit of the Lord is.” Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that “the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
Where the Spirit of the Lord is in us –
- We will have freedom from our selfish ways.
- We will have freedom that flows from a heart full of joy.
- We will have freedom from worry as it is replaced with His peace.
- We will have freedom from our impatience as we learn to trust Him.
- We will have freedom from our indifference as we grow in kindness.
- We will have freedom from our mean girl side as goodness takes root.
- We will have freedom from all harshness as we begin to understand gentleness.
- We will have freedom from all of our strong-holds as self-control becomes a reality in our lives.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is … there is freedom. Freedom to live. Freedom to live a full life unencumbered by the things that tend to weigh us down and wear us out.
I love the thought of living a life of freedom in Christ. And, it ties in beautifully with this verse in Romans. God’s grace as it is used in this verse means His favor or kindness. But, more than that, the original text expresses a willingness to lean towards someone in order to bless them. Christ chooses to lean in towards us. Freedom comes when we lean in to Him as well. We can resist or pull away from Christ. He will always allow us the choice. But, the freedom to live in the fruit of His Spirit will come when we trust Him. Freedom will flow into our lives when we choose to lean in and learn from His grace.
We tend to think of freedom occurring when someone in authority over us lets go of the reigns. But God’s Word says, freedom comes when the One in authority over all leans in. Freedom to live comes when He leans in and we let Him.
My prayer for us today:
Lord, help us to lean in with all that we are into Your loving arms of grace. Give us freedom from every thing, every attitude, every thought that pulls us away from Your ways. Grow us as we learn to trust You, God. In Your safe and mighty name, AMEN!