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Freedom in Christ

One aspect of Freedom in Christ is the knowledge of the Word. In fact, the Apostle Paul teaches in Galations 5:1 “In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].”   Art history shows us many drawings done during the gospel journey by the people of Ephesus, Greece, Turkey and Corinth and in Jerusalem. These were hand drawn on walls, stones and animal skins and parchments. They told a story… a testimony of the times.

Today, our technology allows us to reach out to the other side of the world in a matter of seconds. We can view the heavens and have a bird’s view of our planet Earth, courtesy of NASA. I wonder what the Apostle James would have thought if he could have the modern technology of today to write about the events during his days? Although,  we still have the class of folks who keep to old school ways where pencil and paper still is the cat’s meow…so to speak.

My Devotion:  James 5

Come now, you rich [people], weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you.

Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your [many] garments have become moth-eaten.

Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony James 5_2015against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days.

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[But] look! [Here are] the wages that you have withheld by fraud from the laborers who have reaped your fields, crying out [for vengeance]; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of the Lord of hosts.

[Here] on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft (prodigal) living and to [the pleasures of] self-indulgence and self-gratification. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.  

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You have condemned and have murdered the righteous (innocent man), [while] he offers no resistance to you.James 5_102015

So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains.

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James 5_Freedom2015So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.

Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already] standing at the very door.

James 5_12201510 [As] an example of suffering and ill-treatment together with patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord [as His messengers].

11 You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord’s [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.

12 But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.James 5_202015

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13 Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God].

14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name.

15 And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

cross-and-jubilent-arms-uplifted16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.

18 And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].

19 [My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God],

20 Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [[a]procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].

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Dear Father in Heaven,
thank you for loving me. I admit that I
have sinned against you. Please
forgive me of my sins. I believe
Jesus is the son of God and that
He paid for all my sins with his
blood on the cross. I invite Jesus
into my life to walk with me each
day. I accept his sacrifice for me
and his forgiveness of my sins.
Because of my confession, I will go to
be with him when I die. Thank
you again for loving me so much.
Amen
Unknown saint

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1 thought on “Freedom in Christ”

  1. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:

    We thank the Lord for the Cross of Salvation…for there is no other like Him….amen. From the OT, He has given his promises through out the generations and His word has made a way to enter the holy places of the Almighty God. As in the Gospel of the NT- these same promises became flesh and walked amongst them, bore witness to the Almighty God and through His Grace all who believe in His Son Jesus…will be saved. Believe and Live His Love ~Zoey

    2 Chronicles 33:7-8 reads:
    “7 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put My Name [and Presence] forever;

    8 And I will no more remove Israel from the land which I appointed for your fathers, if they will only take heed to do all that I have commanded them, the whole law, the statutes, and the ordinances given through Moses.”

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