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Life in a Prison

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Luke 4:18,19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. (NRSV)

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So if I were to ask you “Do you feel free?” what would your answer be? Perhaps our first reaction is to say, “Sure, of course I’m free.” But then we start thinking about all the things weighing us down, and perhaps we’re not quite that certain anymore.

Life, at times, can feel a bit like a prison. We were made with a free spirit, so when something or someone cuts across that, we feel like we’ve lost our freedom.

Work can be like that. Being a stay-at-home mum can be like that. Having someone who dominates you can be like that. It just doesn’t feel right. But on the other hand, we imagine that freedom is this “do anything anytime” thing, but that’s not it either.

Freedom is something deep down inside, when we know that we’re loved, we know that we can be individuals, we know that we have choices … freedom is when we know that we have value. Then people or circumstances can do what they please – they can lock us up even – but inside we remain free.

And that’s the sort of freedom that Jesus came to bring us. His first act in public ministry was to proclaim these words about Himself:

Luke 4:18,19The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. (NRSV)

It’s easy to react to that and say, “Well, I don’t need setting free from anything. I’m not a captive. I’m not oppressed.” But at the same time, we know we’re not living in real freedom. Something’s missing.

That ‘something’ is the freedom that only Jesus can bring.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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Kenneth McDonald

Excellent analogy



Alicia

God first set me free by dying on the cross for my sins, his grace to wash my sins away and offer me salvation by my own free will choice. There is nothing that could make me or anyone who believes in Jesus as God more free, the choice of salvation. I can also think of times through out my walk when God has set me free. Physically from illness, mentally from depression and anxiety, emotionally… God’s goodness in my life in setting me free many ways reminds me of the ultimate freedom, the ultimate gift of salvation. Ironically the ultimate freedom of salvation is free, freely offered. There has not been one day that I could regret accepting Jesus salvation, it is the single most important decision of my life. What is your choice?



Janet Blake

Know the love of God in my life
is life giving !!!

JOHN 8-23
If the makes you free then you shall be free indeed.

But we must believe what the word says. So in obedience l do and am free.


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