Alex Wire
7/4/12 at 10:12 AM 2 Comments

The Greatest Freedom

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The disciples were astounded. "Then who in the world can be saved?" they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." - Matthew 19:25,26

I love America. I love the freedom we are offered here. However, where do I believe my greatest freedom comes from?

It comes from my relationship with the Lord.

I stopped inside my local AM-PM store for coffee this 4th of July morning and as I prepared to pay, my cashier friend said, "No beer, no party?"

I answered, "No beer, but I will party!"

i.e., Party as in a joyful celebration of life knowing God is in control and I have freedom in Him! No mind altering substances needed.

Someone standing next to the clerk was listening in and looking at me, and I said, "I haven't had a drink in 17-plus years." And I left it at that, but should have added, "But for the grace of God go I!"

Because of His grace, I'm not in bondage to alcohol and so many other problems...big and small. And if I find myself caught in sin, I can give it up to Him. I surrender not to the sin, but to the One who died for our sins.

Is it always easy? No. We live in a fallen world with plenty of temptations. Our fleshly desires can be, at times, a seemingly constant battle. But there is one who can save you now!

The Life Recovery Bible's note on the above verses is this:

These verses are true not only for salvation but also recovery. Left on our own, we would fall deeper into the pit of our addiction, never gaining control over it. But with God's help, the inconceivable is possible. He can turn our life around, bringing hope and health where once despair and pain had reigned. Giving God control of our life is the only way to regain independence from our addiction and other compulsive behaviors.

I pray you are blessed with a Happy Independence Day!

Be sure to read my article 4th of July: What Does Freedom Mean to Christians?

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