Changed Lives - From Chains to Freedom!

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32, KJV)

Note that these words, spoken by Jesus, were directed to those Jews “which believed on Him.” This was not just a random group of folks who showed up for a free lunch or came to see signs, wonders and miracles. These were His beloved inner circle who believed with all of their hearts that He was the Son of God; they were the true believers whose lives had been changed. Jesus states that true believers, His disciples, devote themselves to His Word. Once we delve into the pages of the Bible we discover the character, grace and love of God. We find precious details of the life of God’s Christ, His death and His glorious resurrection. Only in God’s Word do we learn to trust, obey and rely on our wonderful Heavenly Father. 

Religion often mandates forced studies, with threats of excommunication or insults to character if we don’t abide by the rules. But Jesus wants us to continue in His Word because we love Him too much not to. Who among us would refuse a love letter, yet the Lover of our Soul waits patiently every single day for us to come and sit awhile with Him. Those among us who have given themselves over to the study of God’s Word can testify to the depth and breadth of the mysteries of our Creator. And even when we are only given a single, golden, sliver of revelation, our hearts are consumed with its wonder. No other Book known to mankind can live and breathe like the Word of God.

Satan works so diligently to keep us from the Word so that we will never know how free we truly are. He delights in keeping us bound with rules, regulations and performance based religion. But, even here, before the cross, Jesus Himself prophesies the freedom that He will one day purchase for those that believe on Him. Free from the law of sin and death, free from an eternity in hell, free from condemnation, free from worry, doubt and fear, free from the fear of death, and the freedom to enter the presence of God any time day or night. And that’s just the short list. How blessed we are to be the sons and daughters of God. Here on this holy playground we swing on swings of grace, hang on monkey bars of faith, seesaw high in joy and slide down slides of goodness. And all the while God smiles and leans over to whisper in His Son’s ear, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are free and living according to the Truth.”

(Carol DeBlasis)

Scripture from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Jesus = Changed Lives on October 3rd, 2015 - Watch Sermon

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