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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Born Again in the USA

July 4

(Luke 4:18 NIV) "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,"

(John 8:32 NIV) "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

(John 8:36 NIV) "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

(2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV) "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

(Galatians 5:13 NIV) "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love."

(Psalms 118:5 NIV) "In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free."

We were created to be free, but we must never mistake being free for having no boundaries or restrictions. True freedom cannot exist without some restraint. Freedom without boundaries is anarchy. Freedom must be responsible or it won't be freedom for very long. Freedom also brings with it the real possibility of failure. Freedom cannot survive when people demand equal outcomes in spite of meager efforts. If it becomes impossible to fail, we are no longer free. One of the worst crimes we can commit against freedom is to continuously remove the consequences from the bad choices that people make. Finally, freedom is never actually “free”. It always costs something. Many times the price is high and includes the shedding of blood. For the Christian, it was the blood of Jesus, God’s only Son. Our freedom cost God the life of His Son. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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