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Already Liberated

Posted by Emily Jones on

Quarantine may feel like a gift at times while other days play out like the inescapable loop in Groundhog Day. However, in the quiet moments do you wonder what the Lord is accomplishing through our present place?

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Set Free

“A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven” (John 3:27, ESV).

We are blessed with abundance. Many of the freedoms available to us do not exist in other parts of the world. Every single one of the liberties we enjoy has been passed down or given to us. Sure, we have responsibilities; we pay bills, grocery shop, buy clothing, and put gas in our cars. Yet the ease of movement from place to place is not restricted by a tyrannical Pharaoh or fascist dictator. Even so, the Exodus is proof that it doesn’t even take a generation to forget the bad and ugly portions of enslavement when hardships arise.

“And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12).

Devotion

God did not rescue the Israelites out of captivity and give them what other people had worked for based on their merits. He didn’t even save them because their forefathers were nice dudes! God had made a promise (Genesis 17; Deuteronomy 4:37), and He remains faithful even when people are not because He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). 

Brothers and sister in Christ, the LORD has brought us out of the house of slavery: slavery to sin. Each difficulty faced presents an opportunity to diminish sin even further from our hearts. We have been brought here for a purpose, and it is beyond our ability to fix it or work it out. Every anxiety felt is an invitation to trust the immortal God who is King of kings and Lord of lords. He deserves our devotion regardless of our circumstances.

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“We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” (Romans 6:6).

Liberated

Perhaps the path forward looks too daunting—we must remember what we have been liberated from. God is always at work in us (Philippians 2:3) to help us shed our old self, and to renew the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:23-24). We have been created for a good purpose to do good work which God has already planned for us (Ephesians 2:10). Seek the LORD and His strength (Psalm 105:4).

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation” (Psalm 68:19).

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