The Fee for Freedom

So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. – (John 8:36, NLT)

So if the Son makes you free, you are really free. – (John 8:36, ERV)

So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free! – (John 8:36, TPT)

 

Freedom is not without a price. For most of us, we are blissfully unaware of the extent of the cost of the precious freedom that we enjoy each day. We have the right to say and do whatever we desire to do (within the legal limits of the law), and we have the choice to worship and gather without fear. Many nations in the world today are not afforded such luxuries. The people live in fear and cannot gather without the threat of imprisonment or death, simply for seeking to enjoy the very freedoms we so often take for granted. Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, may we take time to reflect and give thanks for the freedoms we know in our nation, and even more importantly, the freedom we know in our hearts that has been granted by God in the gift of mercy and grace generously given through His Son.

 

This mighty freedom, On the Eve of New

We know and adore;

Has come at a price,

From ones who gave more.

National freedom,

From those who fought for;

Sweet independence,

From ways once abhorred.

Personal freedom,

The greatest of all;

Through Christ’s sacrifice,

Our forgiveness call.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift that we have been given through the sacrifice of Your Son. Thank You all who seek You, find forgiveness and grace – freedom from the weight of our past mistakes and failures. Thank You too for the gift of freedom that we know in our nation, as we know that not all countries know a freedom such as ours. Forgive us for taking either freedom for granted, and teach us to give You praise for all our days for the incredible gift we have come to know in each. Show us how to love others well, so they too, may know the freedom found in the goodness of Your grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You for the freedom we know and the grace to grow. Amen.

 

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

 

For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19

Imagine…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMighty His power,

generously poured;

into the faithful,

those who feared the Lord.

Not troubled by threats,

of mere mortal men;

for they knew their Source,

far greater than them.

The power to heal,

the wisdom to speak;

raise dead back to life,

before masses to preach.

Provided for poor,

came along to teach;

compassion for all,

God’s people to reach.

The same Spirit then,

is with us today;

we need to hear Him,

and choose to obey.

What if we released,

every fear of men;

respect to the Lord,

what might we see then?

Imagine our eyes,

allowed to behold;

many miracles,

that daily unfold…

(Responding to Acts 9)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that the very same power that raised Jesus from the grave, healed lepers, and wooed wicked men and women unto You, is the very same Spirit that dwells in the hearts of all who have invited You in. Forgive us for forgetting that You who live in us, are far greater than anything or anyone that would try to come against us. Teach us how to stand secure in Your strength – fearless before men, yet in absolute awe of You. Help us to have a proper perspective about all situations and circumstances we find ourselves in, and help us to recognize the miracles around us everyday. Let us love and give grace to others as You love and have given grace to us. May our strength to stand in You and our ability to love, even in our own lack, lead others to look to You. Let the lost be found forever in You. Amen.

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