Verse Of The Week : 14 Aug 2023

August 14, 2023

Run Freely

READY:

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

SET:
Have you heard remarks from others that a christian live a sad life, one that is filled with much rules and restrictions?
Is that the truth or a lie?
Are you truly free or do you feel like a slave?

As a child of God, you have the freedom to respond to life in a way that pleases God, attributing all the glory and honor to Him and Him alone.
You know the truth and thus, liberated to truly live in a manner that represents the truth, reflect it and radiate it!

You have the freedom to choose what is right and good for your body, soul and spirit.
Knowing the truth should empower one to make wise choices that will ultimately lead to victoriously living and fruitfulness.
Jesus is the way, truth and life!
Knowing Christ is equivalent to knowing truth.
The more one knows Jesus, the more one should grow in his/her desire to live like Christ.

That is the reason why Jesus wants us to follow Him, to live our lives mirroring His ways, fulfilling His Father’s purpose. This is because when you are truly following Jesus, you are the ones who are truly His disciples, truly free!
Following Jesus is about stewarding our capacity of free will, exercising it wisely so that God’s Kingdom assignments can be accomplished.

In my own physical runs, I enjoy running long distances, especially those that I do not have a goal to meet, no route in mind to follow and no specific time to finish.
I simply just run worshipfully and take that time solely for my communion with God, taking care of my holistic health.
To me, that is running freely!
Similarly, in the context of God’s kingdom, to run freely can mean that one is not conforming to the world, able to say no to things that lead to sin and keeping his/her eyes on Jesus.

Choose to say ‘No’ to unhealthy, junk food and ‘Yes’ to healthy diet. 
Choose to say ‘No’ to devices addiction and ‘Yes’ to bible addiction.
Choose to say ‘No’ to toxic relationships and ‘Yes’ to healthy, faith communities.
Choose to say ‘No’ to sedentary habits and ‘Yes’ to fit and active lifestyles.

Basically, choose to say ‘No’ to sin and ‘Yes’ to righteousness.
Acknowledge that Jesus is Lord of your life or not Lord at all.
Live a surrendered life, with the freedom in Christ to live in holiness and peace.

GO:

  • What is your perception of having ‘Freedom in Christ’?
  • What are some ways that you are using your freedom in Christ purposefully?
  • How can we better steward our ‘freedom’ ?       
Verse of the Week, Kingdom Runners, John 8:32

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