Unspeakable Joy Devotional

4th July

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Freedom Isn’t Free. I’m so grateful to live in a land where there’s freedom to worship the Lord and preach His Gospel message. Yet these freedoms are under attack today, and it’s time for God’s people to again take a courageous stand for liberty.

Many people still don’t experience the gift of freedom. Much of the world still suffers under dictatorships and repressive governments. But the deeper problem is a spiritual one. Of the world’s nearly 7 billion people, over 2 billion have never heard the name of Jesus even once. Over 250,000 people die each day, and many of them have never experienced the freedom from sin that Christ came to give them. What a tragedy. And it’s also tragic that many believers aren’t truly walking in the spiritual liberty available to them in Christ.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for your freedom when He died on the cross. Because He paid the penalty for your sins with the shedding of His precious blood, you truly can be “free indeed” John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” not just politically free, but more importantly, free from sin, sickness, and the power of the enemy.

So whatever chains of bondage or oppression you are experiencing today-whether addition, depression, fear, anger, lust, bitterness, financial lack, or some other stronghold-Jesus came to set you FREE!

The Bible declares that you’ve been “bought at a price” 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” and “redeemed from the hand of the enemy” Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” That means Satan, the evil master, no longer has any claim over you. No longer does he have any right to interfere with your life or enslave you to sickness, poverty, depression, or addiction.

Those who have heard about the price Jesus paid for their freedom have a choice. They can choose to remain a slave to sin-or to whatever else is holding them in its grip-or they can choose to receive their redemption and be set free.

Christ died on the Cross not only to pay the penalty for your sins, but He also came to set you FREE!

On the Cross, Jesus looked up to His Father and said, “It is finished!” John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” The cost of your freedom was marked “Paid in full!” You were purchased out of bondage by His precious blood, so you don’t have to remain a slave! You can get unstuck from whatever was held you back from the incredible life God has planned for you. (D Cerullo)

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