WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
In yesterday's devotional we talked about freedom found in contentment, and that is so good because it’s so true.
And now on the eve of the 4th of July, on the night before we celebrate our freedom as a country, I sit and think about all those people who have given up so much; they have given their time with their own families in order to fight in a conflict, so that we get to be with our families in peace. I think about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, those that have given up their very lives so that we can enjoy this incredible freedom that we get to wake up to every morning. I sit and reflect on all the brave men and women, and all the different types of things they have to do everyday on our behalf so that we can live this American dream and I am so grateful for them. And as I am thinking about all that, I start thinking about the freedom given to us by Christ. How scriptures says,
in Ephesians 2:8&9 8“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast,”
and 1 Corinthians 15:55- 57 “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And I am literally blown away by this truth. That this freedom from sin, is the freedom from death. And the freedom from sin and death is only by GRACE, not a result of hard work, it’s not something we can achieve but rather it’s simply something that we receive, so that no man can boast. INCREDIBLE!!! This freedom, you and I have, from sin and death was purchased for us through the blood of Jesus, and it amazes me that He did all this for us, simply because He desires to spend eternity with us. Simply because He wants a relationship with us, where we talk with Him, walk with Him and live like Him. Jesus gave His life as a living sacrifice so that we could be free, to feel loved by Him and not condemned by Him. See the letter of law, not by any fault of the law itself, but rather by the frailty of humanity, wouldn’t allow us to feel loved by Him even in the midst of failure. The law caused mankind to try and live according to their own abilities, and then based upon how well they could follow the law, that would determine how well they would allow God to love them. I am not sure about you but to me that sounds incredibly exhausting.
The scriptures tell us we are under the new covenant, the better covenant. That we are free from trying to live for God in our own strength, but rather we are living for Him through Him. So today as you celebrate our country's freedom, be reminded of the freedom given to you by Grace through Christ and rejoice and be exceedingly glad because great is your reward in heaven.