Being truly free in Jesus

Our Bible reading today was from John 8. Here is a snippet…

John 8:31-32 says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I really liked what the Life Application Study Bible said about verse 32, so I thought I would share it…

“8:32 Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free (8:36). He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right.

He frees us from continued slavery to sin, from self-deception, and from deception by Satan.

He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God. Thus, Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we want, but freedom to follow God.

As we seek to serve God, Jesus’ perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be.”

I hope that encourages you today.

God Bless,

Dave

Forget not the benefits

I love the first few verses of Psalm 103. It says…

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

I love the way David praises God and then lists some of the things he is thankful for. He reminds us not to forget the benefits of knowing and walking with God too.

1. God forgives our sin – I still remember the feeling of a weight being lifted off when I came to Jesus and confessed my sin. I felt like I was carrying so many wrong things… and then they were gone.

2. Heals our diseases – He has healed me many times, but the most impacting was being healed of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was life changing.

3. Redeems our life – He redeems us from the direction of our life we were going and He redeems us from the future destination we were all heading.

4. Crowns us with blessing – He crowns us with love and compassion.

5. Gives us satisfaction – He has given me so much satisfaction in this life when there was none. Gone is the hopelessness and it is replaced by love, hope, purpose and meaning.

6. Renewed strength – I love the imagery of soaring high like an eagle. Floating high on God’s thermal breezes, being lifted higher and higher in Him and His mighty strength.

When I am down or tired or just plain had enough, I often read Psalm 103 and remember the benefits and blessings on knowing God.

God Bless,

Dave

Human anger and righteous anger

The Bible says, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” (James 1:19-20 NLT).

As I re-read this today the words “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” really jumped out at me.

Human anger happens when we don’t get our way or when we think people have not considered us or when we haven’t heard something correctly. We can become angry and act out as we did not get our way.

Compare this to righteous anger. Jesus was angry at the corrupt money changers in the Temple. He was not happy that God’s House was not a house of prayer. He then overturned the tables.

Human anger says I am not happy about this. I am going to get my way. I will get you back. You hurt me, I will hurt you.

Righteous anger says I am not happy about this situation. What should I do God? How can I help this situation? And then it acts slowly and deliberately at God’s leading.

Remember it is not wrong to get angry at human injustice or suffering. We just need to go to God first and ask how we can respond in according with His will and purposes.

God Bless,

Dave