Ruibal’s is one of the prettiest places in Dallas just FYI. If you go at sunset you might just pass away.
If you’re new here – each month we pick a specific theme to study. We look at scripture, we hear from a guest writer, and we use real-life application. This month we’re studying freedom from a biblical perspective. Now that the USA’s BDAY is over we can focus on a different kind of freedom – by the way I hope your 4th was filled with good company, lots of watermelon, and fireworks!
Okay a different kind of freedom. The kind of freedom that can only be found in Christ and makes us the most free – free from sin and shame, disease and sickness, broken relationships. All of it.
This freedom doesn’t mean we won’t experience these things while we’re here on earth, but it does mean that those things are temporary. It means that we’re offered peace while we experience those things and when we meet Jesus in heaven, those things disappear forever.
This freedom means that while we’re on earth, we are given all of the strength and guidance to endure whatever life has to offer – fully knowing that it will end soon and that is has no power over us.
We must simply accept it. This freedom is powered by love, boundaries, and repentance – all established by a faithful and loving God.
Here are 10 verses to kickstart our study of freedom:
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” 1 John 4:18
“God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.” 1 Corinthians 7:23
“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:4
“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans 8:9a
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:4 – 7
Be encouraged, sisters.