Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reflections; Freedom and love

Hey Readers,

Just thought I would add some of my older devotional blogs, here is the first one :-). Hope you enjoy it.

"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" John 8:38

We can have freedom in Christ. We can trust that because He sacrificed himself, the door was opened for the rest of us to be set free from the sin of this world. If we are willing to repent and ask for it, forgiveness will be given without a second thought given. God is always right there waiting for us to ask for Him to step in and clean us up. Of course we will have to face the consequences for our sins, but they are forgiven and then they are forgotten. If this is the case, why do we often take a step back when we are asked to seek forgiveness? Is it because we are afraid of what we may have to face? Is it because we feel guilty or ashamed to seek it? Trust that God will take care of you.

"Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38

Loving God takes a lot more than simply saying a few words that sound nice. It takes a lifetime commitment and a life long journey of striving to give God everything. We must truly desire to give him all our heart, all our soul and all our mind. Sure we can sing "Lord I Give you my heart, I give you my soul" but without the life long commitment to back it up, whatever we sing or speak is meaningless. If we live life only loving God with just our heart or just our soul and mind, we open the door for material things to take a step forward and force God to take a side step back. We need to live for Him with every breath we take. We need to honor Him in everything in our lives. We need to surrender it all to the desires of His heart and not the desires of our own. They will line up in time :-).

When we give it all to Him, I believe we begin to love Him more and more every moment we are awake. Loving God is the adventure of a lifetime. He can lead you to places you would never even imagine he could lead you to. Embrace His love with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind and you'll see what He can do...

Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"
Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you
(2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


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