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Free, Indeed!

Romans 8:2- “…because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

It is Memorial Weekend. A time to remember those who have fought for America’s freedom. Thank you, brave soldiers!

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Freedom of choice.

Freedom of speech.

I won’t list them all. If you live in America, you realize the many freedoms we enjoy.

But what about freedom from sin?

We are all human. We all sin.

Can there be freedom from sin?

The Bible says, that believers will experience freedom from the law of sin and death. That is, because of Christ’s death for us, we will no longer face the penalty for sin—death.

Christ bore the penalty for us, setting us free.

And, “… if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

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Do You Know What Will Happen Tomorrow?

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James 4:14- “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

A friend of ours passed out while driving last week. His car hit a transformer and went up in flames. He was pulled out of the vehicle just in time. Praise God, he didn’t have a scratch on him!

As I thought about this miracle, the verse above came to mind. Even though we may say, “See you tomorrow” to our friends and family, none of us knows if that will be true or if a tragedy might claim our life.

That’s why it is so important that each of us is prepared to meet God. One day, we will either stand before Him, forgiven by the blood of Jesus, or guilty and without excuse.

Now is the time to get right with God.

Choose Jesus. We “…do not even know what will happen tomorrow.”

Choose Eternal Life in Heaven. We “…are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Choose the miracle of forgiveness.

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No Sour Grapes

Habakkuk 3:17,18-    Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

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though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 

 

We recently moved into a new home. Due to time constraints on all sides, we moved in before our renovations had been completed.

Nearly three weeks later, we still have no master bath or kitchen.

I fell off a ladder; our dining room light crashed in the middle of the night; a hammer fell off the top of a ladder when my husband was moving it, hitting him in the head. And so the saga, began…

Some days I am stressed out and ask God, “Why?” and other days I remember that He has blessed us with a beautiful desert home that is tranquil and serene—or will be!!

This verse from Habakkuk has encouraged me, in the past, when financial times were hard. Now, it speaks to the difficulties of our move. (Who says the Bible isn’t applicable to modern day circumstances?)

So, though I have no master bathtub or shower, though the kitchen granite doesn’t match at the seam lines and needs to be redone, though our king size bed didn’t fit in the new bedroom and we’ve slept on a mattress on the floor for several weeks, though the plumber suspended his work in the bathroom to go on vacation, and the tile guy is in the hospital with kidney stones, though I am washing dishes in the bathroom sink and have no stove or water in the kitchen, I will rejoice in God my Savior who protects us and blesses us with many good restaurants nearby, kind friends to help, and the promise of a vacation for ourselves some time this summer…

 

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Can You Keep A Secret?

Ecclesiastes 12:14– For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

 

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He hedged when she asked him where he’d been.

He passed by the cubicle next to his own, hesitating when he saw a twenty dollar bill laying on the desk. He looked to see if anyone was around before he slipped it into his pocket.

She pulled up to the drive-in window at the fast food restaurant, ordering two meals. One for herself, and one for the man at the corner with a sign stating, “HUNGRY. PLEASE HELP.”

Things done in secret.

No one might ever know…

But, the Bible tells us that God sees everything. He punishes the wicked and rewards the good.

It may seem to you that the small gestures you make in the behalf of others goes unnoticed, but God’s Word says he will reward those kindnesses when you stand before His throne.

Likewise, those who think they have gotten away with certain behaviors on earth, will find that is not the case.

God sees everything.

For those serving others, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, be of good cheer. Your God sees and He is pleased with you. There will come a day when He will openly reward what you have done for others.

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