“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:16,17 NIV
The 4th of July/Independence Day is a time of celebration, celebrating our freedoms and liberties here in America. A lot of us got off from work, watched parades and fireworks, invited friends over to BBQ. How many people stopped to actually think about why we get to celebrate this Independence Day? Don’t most of us go through the day and have fun but not honor the reason?
So many people treat their relationship with Jesus Christ in the same way. We take advantage of the freedom we have in Christ at the cross. We need to honor and celebrate the freedom we have in Jesus Christ by engaging in a deeper relationship and showing the “Fruit of the Spirit” in our lives, by being in fellowship with God (through prayer, reading His word & worshiping Him) and serving Him. However, so many of us just go through the motions of our Christianity; attending church, even serving in ministries and more, but the intimacy of being in a relationship with Jesus Christ is missing. When the intimacy is missing, how can we truly embrace and engage in the freedom Christ has for us? Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, what then? God’s word says we are called to live by the Spirit. “Live” is an action word, so we need to take action.
Let’s stop going through the motions. I want to challenge you, what will it take for you to get a deeper intimacy with the one who is your Creator and your Savior?
Prayer: Lord God our Creator and Savior who gave us freedom and eternity, please show me how I can grow deeper in a relationship with you, honor you and follow your ways.
I encourage you to read and study these verses this week and I pray that they do encourage you in your growth in Jesus Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18
- Galatians 5:13, 16, 22, 23
- Luke 11:13
- John 14:26, 20:22
- Mark 1:35
- Luke 6:12
- James 2:14-19
Be Blessed…Be Bold in the name of Jesus!
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