Free in the Truth

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – (John 8:34-36)

 

We are all sinners who need a Savior. Each one of us was once stuck as a slave to our sinful nature. If we choose to trust in Christ, He is our freedom from a life enslaved to sin. More than that, He adopts us as sons and daughters into the Lord’s family, granting us an eternal inheritance with Him. Christ’s presence is available now, and will remain with us forever. God’s perfect truth frees us to become all that He has created us to be. May we embrace the grace the God freely gives, and receive our redemptive place as sons and daughters of the Holy King, whose reign will never end.

 

Do not allow sins,butterflies

that once reigned the past;

to have a foothold,

nor dark shadows cast.

For in Christ the Lord,

the chains are no more;

we’ve been adopted,

empowered to soar.

Considered the kids,

of God our Great King;

forgiven and free,

let’s bring offering.

Offer our whole heart,

our strength and our will;

to be who we’re called,

and His purpose fill.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You and give our lives to You, You forgive us and adopt us into Your family. Thank You that You call us sons and daughters forever. Thank You that as members of Your family, we are set free from the chains to sin that once had us bound. Forgive us for trying to return to our old chains, or for revisiting again and again, that which You have forgiven and forgotten. Teach us to trust and rely on You to do that which You are calling us to do. Keep our hearts aligned with Yours, and help us to love all whom we encounter in the same way that You so lavishly love each of us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we walk out our days as Your sons and daughters, displaying the freedom that we have found in Your truth. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

To Find Freedom

“To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – (John 8:31-32)

Our freedom is found not through the tossing aside of rules and regulations, but rather through faith in our Heavenly Father, in Whom true freedom lies.    This freedom is our right to enjoy all of the privileges of citizenship as members of God’s family.  “As we seek to serve God, Jesus’ perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be.” (NIV footnotes) The better we know Him, the more evident His character becomes in us, and the more readily we are free to walk in the gifts and the calling that He has created in us and for us.  Freedom is found where His grace is renowned.

As we do life in the freedom that He has for us, people around us have the opportunity to taste and see that the Lord is good.  Freedom, when lived from the inside out, is a desirable gift that will be questioned and sought after.  Our testimony is made evident, as we are set free from that which has hindered us from being all that He has made us to become.  Actively seeking Christ, is the only way to discover what it truly means to be His disciple, so that we may model a life lived in the freedom found in Him.

In Christ alone,To Find Freedom

the truth is found;

trust in His word,

true freedom’s sound.

Cling to the cross,

from sin, set free;

empty the grave,

hope that is seen.

Power given,

to all who trust;

faith to hold fast,

He’s true and just.

In Him, we’re free,

to learn and grow;

to live and love,

so all might know.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we come to know You and Your truth, we learn what freedom truly is.  Thank You that freedom has nothing to do with our external circumstances, but rather everything to do with our internal condition.  Thank You that when we seek You, You begin to break away all that binds us from becoming who You intend for us to be; and we find freedom in You.  Forgive us for allowing anything to keep us from You or from being who You have made us to be, and help us to hold fast forever, to that which You are teaching us.  May we live and love like You, and may many come to know the true freedom that is found, only through a firm faith in You.  Be exalted, O God, and let Your freedom ring.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.