Our Father Said…

The Bible never ceases to amaze me. I love what I read recently in Ephesians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 

I find it hard to wrap my arms around the fact that I have already been given everything that need for life and living the life that God intended. I tend to pray for what I already possess because I forget to activate what I already have.

In Christ I have Assurance: I’ve been Adopted into His family: I am Loved: I am Accepted: I am Included: I have Hope:     I can operate in Boldness: I can be a Great Friend: A Great Parent: I have been given Wisdom/Insight: I am Gifted: I am Forgiven and I have the power to forgive.

 

Even on my worst day God sees me at at my very best. He couldn’t love me more than He does right now. That’s unbelievable!

4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship thru Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One He loves.

Incredible verses! My problem is that I tend to trust my feelings over that which my Father (God) has said. Don’t make the same mistakes that I tend to make.  When we don’t feel like a man/woman of God – we should remember that our Father says we are: When we don’t think you have what it takes? Our Father says we do ::

The choice is up to us. We can believe our feelings or our Father! One leads to Freedom. The other not so much.

Do not listen to them.

Their are a lot of voices vying for your attention. Personally, I know for certain that I have spent far too much time listening to the wrong voices. I assume the same is true for you. The questions is what can we do about that?

John 10:8 - All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 

Why didn’t the “sheep” listen to the wrong voices? How did they stay focused on the right person and concentrate on the correct voice?

The key wasn’t their will-power or self-discipline. The key was the fact that they had grown accustomed to the voice of the Shepherd. As a result, the other voices had lost their appeal.

It works the same for us. If we want to make the right choice we must listen to the right voice. The key to success is becoming more familiar with the voice of God who tells us that He is the Great Shepherd. Getting to know God’s voice through what we read in God’s Word (Bible) will enable us to listen to His voice more and the voices of others less.

Don’t listen to them. Listen to Him. It will make all the difference in the world.

 

 

Whatever it takes!

Every once in a while I challenge you even more to do whatever it takes to bring people with you to Freedom Church. This is one of those times.

I am praying that God would do something incredible in the lives of every person that walks through the doors – especially, the hundreds of people who are far from God.

Do whatever you need to do in order to invite and bring people with you this week. It’s going to be a life-changing day and I want you and those you know and love to be a part.

I look forward to seeing you at either 9:45 or 11:30!

Freedom Church currently meets at Barber Middle School (right next to Acworth Elementary) in Acworth GA.  

Take off the Grave Clothes

There is a story in the Bible contained in the book of John (Chapter 11) that showed me something that I had never seen before even though I had read that story many times…

43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands & feet wrapped w strips of linen, & a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes & let him go.”

When Lazarus was dead it made total sense for him to lay around in his grave clothes. When Jesus brought him back to life those clothes were no longer appropriate. Different occasions call for different attire. And being raised from death to life definitely qualifies as a different occasion.

What does that story have to do with us?

The Bible tells us that apart from God we were dead in our sin. It made total sense to walk around in our grave clothes of insecurity, fear, doubt, guilt, shame, lust, gossip, legalism, and the list goes on and on.

However, that attire is no longer appropriate for those that are followers of Jesus. You have been raised from death to life. You have been set free. You have been adopted into the family of God. You are fully forgiven.

As a result, Jesus’ message to Lazarus is the same message He has for you. “Take them off and let him go”. Stop walking around in insecurity, fear, doubt, guilt, shame, etc. Because of Jesus, those things do not define who you are any more. It’s a different occasion. He want’s you out of your grave clothes and into a new set of attire that only He can provide.

Take them off and let him go.

On Your Radar

I know that you are always looking for great music. I also know that you are always looking for something fun and inexpensive to do on the weekend.

If you live near Atlanta – I can offer you both. If you do not – one is the best I can do.

On Sunday night, Blake Goss (our Worship Pastor at Freedom Church), will be releasing his brand new CD entitled Love Has Spoken. The CD Release Concert is going to be at 6:30PM at the Strand Theater on Marietta Square. Admission is free and you don’t want to miss it.

Don’t live near Atlanta? The CD will release on Itunes on July 17th just for you! Set a reminder and pick up some great new songs.

Enjoy. You will thank me later!