Daily Dose of Scripture: Truth & Freedom

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Truth and Freedom are hot topics of conversation that are fiercely debated in our society and rightfully so. We should always seek the truth and fight for freedom for all people. But,  real truth and genuine freedom don’t come from our lawmakers or the Constitution, it comes from Jesus, our salvation. Without Jesus, we are just slaves in and to this world to sin and to the lies, it tells.  Truth is Jesus. When you’re aware of the truth, when you live it in your daily life and accept it in your heart, the chains that the world keeps you in is broken.

In truth there is freedom. The freedom that can’t be bought, that isn’t given to you at birth but the freedom that comes from Jesus. The world’s truth is distorted and gives you a false sense of freedom. How many of us said when we were younger, ” I just need to find myself.” I banked on finding myself for years! I searched for truth in the world and believed that freedom was based on my terms. Word of advice, to find yourself, first you must seek Jesus and accept him otherwise it’s a futile attempt that leaves you wandering in a wasteland. Identity doesn’t lie in self it lies in who you are as Christ and when that’s understood that’s when you find real truth and freedom.  As disciples of Christ, we are so blessed that our freedom is secure in the truth of Jesus! Identity doesn’t lie in self it lies in who you are as Christ and when that’s understood that’s when you find real truth and freedom.  As disciples of Christ, we are so blessed that our freedom is secure in the truth of Jesus!

Truth and freedom come with a price, not the price that Jesus paid, but it demands of you that go against the grain. It requires that you turn away from the world’s belief system and its falsely perceived idea of freedom and turn away from its norms. The counterculture life of being a Christian isn’t always comfortable, but when has being a follower of Christ ever been comfy? It requires courage and a deeply rooted faith that can stand among the criticism and not follow the crowd even when it seems easier. As disciples of Christ, we are so blessed that our freedom is secure in the truth of Jesus and doesn’t depend on the knowledge of the world!

Daily Dose of Scripture: Which Water Are You Drinking?

John 4-10

I’ve always loved the story of the Samaritan woman. A story of forgiveness, redemption and a revelation of truth. Although I’ve never had five husbands, I do understand drinking from the well of the world.  The well with its enticing water that quenches your thirst for a moment, an hour, perhaps a day, but leaves you dehydrated and always needing more. The water that is so satisfying for a short time, but never really makes you full, but only empty.

Like the Samaritan woman when I first had a taste of the real living water it was beyond anything I had ever tasted. Finally, I wasn’t thirsty! No, longer was I searching for the elusive well that would fix my permanent thirst. I wasn’t dipping my cup into waters that offered empty promises, my cup was constantly full.

I think about when my lips first tasted this living water, a day that would be etched in my mind. Also, like the Samaritan woman, my shame was washed away. The chains of my past fell off. My identity was no longer defined by my mistakes, but it rested in Christ. The water had given me a new life, one that was a spring bubbling with faith, hope, joy, and contentment. It’s that spring that bubbles to the surface and inspires you to share your testimony so others are encouraged to drink the living water, to be refreshed, redeemed, and to live in the fullness of the Lord’s love. I often think of the Samaritan woman’s story when the world’s wells are calling me back to drink from its water. I remember the thirst and then I pull out the cup the Lord has filled and there is no comparison.

Daily Dose of Scripture: Who is Guiding Our Footsteps?

Jeremiah 10-23

 

Every day we are inundated with choices and paths that we can take. We always have a choice to choose the direction toward. But, which path is the best? The Lord’s path will always be fruitful, not saying there won’t be steep hills to trek up or some rough terrain, but it is a path that is protected by our Sovereign God. When left to our own devices without God’s guidance we may instinctively veer toward the path that seems clear and easy, but that way comes with its snares and is usually deceiving. Who better to direct our footsteps than our Creator, the Author, and our Father?  Keep walking with God as your compass and you’ll end up in a field of righteousness!

Daily Dose of Scripture: Psalm 23:1-3 Be Refreshed by Your Shepherd

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There are days when the world’s noise never seems to cease. But, in the midst of all that noise is our Shepherd who quiets our minds and hearts. He leads us in abundant, vibrant pastures near still water offering our weary souls rest. He allows us to drink from the overflowing cup of living water, refreshing our soul and giving us blessed assurance as we walk in this ever-changing world. How blessed are we that we lack absolutely nothing.