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Let Freedom Ring!

I don’t want to become so focused on the enjoyment of my freedom that I allow it to separate me from the very source of the freedom that I have! Instead of using my freedom merely to pursue what I desire, I must instead use my freedom to pursue the fulfillment of God’s desires for my life. Today I choose to live life to the fullest, and enjoy every freedom I have–for the glory of the One from whom my freedom comes.

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Scripture

2 Kings 15:3-4

“And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. Nevertheless the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.”

Observation

The nation of Israel was enjoying a time of freedom. A Godly king was on the throne, and things were going well! There were not enslaved. They were not under siege. It was time to enjoy their freedom!

…and so they did. They exercised their freedom to keep their monuments to false gods. They exercised their freedom to ignore God’s commands. They exercised their freedom to worship idols. They used their freedom to move another step closed to judgement.

Application

I’m so thankful to live in a free nation! I’m thankful for the freedom to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But the danger of freedom is that it can become a distraction from the giver of freedom.

I don’t want to become so focused on the enjoyment of my freedom that I allow it to separate me from the very source of the freedom that I have! Instead of using my freedom merely to pursue what I desire, I must instead use my freedom to pursue the fulfillment of God’s desires for my life. Today I choose to live life to the fullest, and enjoy every freedom I have–for the glory of the One from whom my freedom comes.

Prayer

God, thank you for freedom! Help me to never allow the freedom and blessings you’ve given me to sway my heart from full surrender to you, or distract me from your ways. I choose today to use every freedom I have, to serve you and pursue you faithfully.

 

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Let Freedom Ring!
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