Words from the Heart for Friday November 11th, 2016
I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
Psalm 119:45 (NLT)
Walking in Freedom
In war, our freedom as people is purchased at the cost of others giving their lives. Our freedom as Christians was also purchased by the death of another. However, to keep that freedom we must first accept it, then obey. Are you aware of the freedom that is yours today because of the cross?
A government of Canada website designed for people hoping or planning on immigrating to Canada, states that The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is part of Canada’s Constitution and protects you from the moment you arrive in Canada. It sets out the values that Canadians live by and describes the kinds of personal human rights and freedoms we can expect in this country. Some of those rights and freedoms include:
The right to life, liberty and personal security.
Freedom of conscience and religion.
Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media.
Freedom to hold peaceful meetings.
Freedom to join groups.
Protection from unreasonable search or seizure and unjustified detainment and imprisonment.
The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The right to retain and instruct counsel (a lawyer) without delay.
The right to a fair trial, through due process of law.
The right to equal protection and benefit under the law, without discrimination.
On the night before Jesus was betrayed He shared the Passover meal with the disciples and during that meal introduced what has become known as the Lord’s Supper. He broke bread as a symbol of His body that would be broken on the Cross the following day, and He took a cup and said that its contents were a symbol of His blood that would be shed. Jesus would lay down His life for His followers and by so doing they would be set free from their sin and would experience eternal life. He told His followers that we are to continue to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in order to remember what the Lord has done for us. In a sense, every time we take part in the Lord’s Supper we have a Remembrance Day. We think back to what Jesus did for us so that we might walk in spiritual liberty and freedom. Psalm 119:45 says “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” On the cross, Jesus set us free from our sin and the guilt and shame that accompanies it. We receive that freedom by faith and then we are called to walk in that freedom, never allowing sin to once again enslave us. On this Remembrance Day, take time to remember the cost of your salvation and determine, by God’s grace and power, to walk in freedom today.
These have been words from the heart.