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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Freedom

Today we remember those who were willing to give their lives for the United States of America in order to protect our freedom. We are thankful to them and appreciate their sacrifice and willingness to lay their life on the line so that we could enjoy freedom. In light of this political freedom, we would do well to remember another who willingly laid down the life of His Son for our spiritual freedom. For freedom is never free, but paid with a high price.

Yet because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, we can enjoy freedom from the tyranny of sin and its demands. It is as much as a captor as any flesh and blood enemy. It keeps us tied to deception, into thinking we have to do something to earn our freedom, though we are helpless to set ourselves free.

We are born into sin. Just watch any t
wo year old for a few hours and fireworks will soon erupt over something they want to go their way. Why re they like that? Because of their inheritance of the sin nature. As surely as we inherit brown or blue eyes, we inherit this nature of sin, whether you believe this or not. It exists.

We struggle to be set free from it. We do things that we think make us good or acceptable to God. Yet really all we need to do is accept the sacrifice of His Son. If we place our lives in His hands and believe in Him, all our sins will be washed away. We might think ourselves as sinners, but any selfishly motivated action is sin. Anything that lifts ourselves above God or replaces God in our lives, and idol, is sin. Not a popular notion in today's culture, but nevertheless, true.

However, the remedy is really quite simple, but at the same time profound. We hand over this huge debt we inherited, the sin nature, and Jesus, who paid the price for us,  takes it from us. This is the Good News of the Gospel. We exchange our sin for freedom! That's a freedom that will last not only in our earthly lifetime, but into eternity!

How does this divine exchange occur? The Word of God tells us to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and we shall be saved, saved from our sin nature and from condemnation. Yet our belief must be married to faith because belief in itself is not enough. The Bible tells us that even the demons believe and tremble. They know Jesus Christ exists but they don't act on this belief. 

Faith requires action. The action of getting the belief from your mind to your heart. This is true in many instances. I can believe I can lose weight, but until I act on it, start making good food choices, I won't lose weight. So what must we do to enjoy spiritual freedom? Accept the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross.  We don't need to do anything in the physical realm, but accept, believe and have faith. That will start us on our spiritual journey to find true freedom.