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Friday, July 17, 2015

Learning To Not Let My Fears Keep Me From Being Free

In review of John 8:36 it says, “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.” (John 8:36 TEV)

Bottom Line:
When Jesus sets you free, you are really free.

What this means to me:
Jesus has set me free, so I am indeed, really free.

Our culture tends to define freedom as a life without any restraints, “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say, without anybody telling me what to do.” You may burn everybody else, but you get to do it your own way. You can have your freedom, but only by being totally selfish.

Yet the Bible tells me the only way to true freedom is through Jesus: “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free” (John 8:36 TEV).

What I’m learning is that real freedom is freedom from fear, where you’re truly free from guilt, from worry, from bitterness, and from death. You’re free to quit pretending because you’re free to be yourself.

The best way for me to get rid of those kinds of fears is by letting God love me! The apostle John teaches that “there is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear” (1 John 4:18).

As I learn to recognize how much God loves me, I’ll begin to live in true freedom. In fact, I worship God when I recognize that “God is love.” It is an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, generous God and that I can “rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16a NIV).

In summary, it was God’s Son Jesus and what he did for us that sets me free. This morning, I thank you God for the reminder on how your Son Jesus and his sacrifice for us, allows us to truly be free when we accept and follow him. If I try to live a life without restraints being totally selfish then I won’t interact well with others. I need to keep in mind I was made for fellowship with others and that what Jesus did for me; freeing me from guilt, worry, bitterness, and from ultimate death, really allows me to be truly free, I don’t need to be concerned or be selfish.