TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, November 15, 2018:
Enjoying personal rights or liberty that is exempt from external authority or interference; without payment required; not in bondage.
Jesus replied: I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in a family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The God of this world, Satan, has blinded the minds of men to the extent that they believe those who sin are free and that the Christian, the believer in Jesus, is the one in bondage. But God says very clearly in His Word that our position before Him, as believers, is the exact opposite.
Sin is always by choice. No one makes us sin but when we allow sin into our life it has a way of taking control and dictating our actions so we become a slave to sin. When sin becomes our master there is only one person that can break sins power over us, and that is Jesus Christ.
One who does not believe in Jesus is in captivity to Satan, to self and to sin. The believer is the one that is free because he has accepted Christ as his or her Savior who has made us free. Jesus defeated the power and penalty of sin when He died for us on the cross.
YES, we are free as believers in Jesus. We are free from present judgment. Romans 8:1 tells us that we have “no condemnation” thus that makes us free from present judgments. Our death sentence for our sins is cancelled immediately at the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior.
We are free from future judgments. Romans 5:9 tells us that we are "saved from wrath" and I Thessalonians 1:10 tells us that we are “delivered from the wrath to come”. The time is coming when Jesus will judge Satan and all who follow him and Jesus will pour out His wrath upon them. Only believers in Jesus will be spared.
As believers we are also free from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:18). We are free from the Law. In Romans 10:4 we are told that “Christ is the end of the law” so when we accepted Christ we were no longer under the law. Our belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior ends our futile efforts to obtain righteousness through our imperfect attempts to obey the law.
As believers we are free from care. I Peter 5:7 tells us to “Cast all of our care upon Him and He will care for us.” And finally we are free from fear. II Timothy 1:7 says that “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and discipline.
While we were slaves to sin we had no place in the family of God, but because of God’s love and grace He has given to all those who believe and receive Jesus the right to become children of God (John 1:12). He has not only made us a part of His family but a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Chronicles 28:20.
And David said to his son Solomon, be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
Thank You for freeing me from the bondage and penalty of sin because of my trust and faith in You. May my life be a testimony to others who are searching to find freedom from the bondage of sin in their lives.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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