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Verse 3

 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Romans 2:13 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-2-13

Verse 2

 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:17 NIV https://genesis.bible/genesis-2-17

Verse 1

 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NIV https://galatians.bible/galatians-5-1

Freedom in Christ (Day 3)

  Maximum Freedom For years, I believed God was working against my personal freedom. I pictured Him as a divine Lawgiver who spent the majority of His time creating new ways to further restrict my liberty. Statements such as the one found in Galatians 5:1 made little sense to me: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” I would read them over and over and wonder why, if Christ came to set us free, I felt like such a slave. Then one day when I was reading Genesis, a thought popped into my mind:  Adam and Eve had only one rule  (Gen. 2:17) .  Imagine living in a world where there was only one rule! The implications are astounding. Most significant, however, is the fact that in the perfect environment, where God had everything just the way He wanted it, He issued only one “thou shalt not.” To put it another way, God’s not a God of rules. Our God is a God of freedom. In the beginning, He placed the first man and woman in a beautiful garden and for all practical purposes said, “You’re

Verse 4

 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NIV https://galatians.bible/galatians-5-1

Verse 3

 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:26 NIV https://2timothy.bible/2-timothy-2-26

Verse 2

 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34 NIV https://john.bible/john-8-34

Verse 1

 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 NIV https://john.bible/john-8-32

Freedom in Christ (Day 2)

  Truth That Sets Us Free Truth and freedom are constant companions. Where you find one, you will always find the other. Freedom in any area of life comes from discovering the truth about it. And discovering truth in a particular area always results in freedom of some kind. It’s when a child accepts the truth that there’s nothing to be afraid of that she’s finally free from a fear of the dark. It’s only when a little boy accepts the truth that his father can and will catch him that he finds the freedom to leave the security of the diving board and jump into the pool. Likewise, it’s only as we accept the truth of all that Christ did for us at Calvary that we begin to enjoy the freedom He provided. “The truth will set you free.” In six simple words, Jesus outlines the process by which any man, woman, or child can gain freedom in this life. Freedom is not gained through having our way or doing as we please. On the contrary, prisons are full of men and women who simply did as they pleased.

Verse

 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 NIV https://john.bible/john-8-32

Freedom in Christ (Day 1)

  The Freedom Jesus Promises For years, my spiritual life was like a roller coaster, up and down—with far fewer ups than downs. There were times when I experienced more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success. I’m sure you can relate. Was I saved? Yes! Was I free? No. For all practical purposes, my new-birth experience had not set me free. I knew the Lord’s pardon, but not His freedom. Old habits still harassed me. Twisted emotions still paralyzed me. The power of sin attempted to defeat me. I longed for the freedom Jesus promised, but for some reason, it eluded my grasp. My problem was not one of desire. I wished with all my heart to please God. But there were times I felt as if I was fighting a losing battle. Eventually it dawned on me that I was in bondage; I was a prisoner. It was in the early morning hours, after crying out to the Lord throughout the night, that I suddenly realized I must relinquish to Him control of my entire life. With a deep long

Verse 2

 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV https://philippians.bible/philippians-4-8

Verse 1

 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV https://2corinthians.bible/2-corinthians-10-5

Day 3

  One reason Satan’s strongholds are so powerful is that they become entrenched. This happens when Satan can get you to buy into the lie that your situation is hopeless. His goal is to get you to believe that by nature you are a drug addict or a manipulator or a negative person, that you are controlled by fear or shame, that nothing will ever change, and so on. Once you give in to and adopt this line of thinking, these fortresses become difficult to remove. Your behavior deteriorates even more since all of us act according to who we believe we are. The only solution is to tear down these fortresses by “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Reprogram your mind and release yourself from captivity. This is how you unleash your full potential and free yourself up to then help other men rise to do the same. The solution is twofold but straightforward. First, identify Christ’s thoughts on a matter, and secondly, align your own thinking under the rule

Verse 1

 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1 NIV https://hebrews.bible/hebrews-3-1

Verse 2

 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 NIV https://john.bible/john-8-44

Day 2

  When you tell yourself,   I can’t overcome this addiction , whose thought is that?  Or when you think,  I have to have this drink , whose thought is that?  Or when you entertain such thoughts as,  I am nothing. I have no value. I don’t have power over my emotions of lust or anger , who is doing the talking?  We know these thoughts come from Satan because they are all lies, and he is the father of lies (John 8:44). Satan makes quick work of planting thoughts and directing them. But his thoughts do not have to have the last word. You have the power to control your own thoughts. So, how should you respond to Satan’s suggestions? The same way Jesus did when Peter tried to keep Him from going to the cross. Peter told Jesus, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” To which Jesus replied, “Get behind Me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:22-23). Jesus knew that the words came from Peter, but the thoughts came from Satan. And when Satan gets into your mind, he gets into your actions. The ke

Verse 2

 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-12-2

Verse 1

 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV https://1peter.bible/1-peter-5-8

New Plan: Who controls your thoughts (Day 1)

  God looks at your future, while the enemy tries to keep you in your past.  God says, “You can, in spite of what has been done!” The enemy says, “You can’t, because of what you have done!” God will never define you by your past issues, but the enemy will try to confine you by them. Whether it is the good, bad, or ugly that dominates your life up until now, it is Satan’s goal to keep you chained there.  Never let your yesterday keep you from your tomorrow. Learn from yesterday, but don’t live in it. Your victory comes through learning and then applying what you’ve learned. Becoming who God wants you to be starts with your thoughts. Always remember that Satan’s number one strategy is to plant unhealthy thoughts in your mind, repeating them over and over until you start to think they are your own thoughts. When Satan told Eve she would be like God if she ate of the fruit, whose thought was that? That thought came straight from Satan himself. In fact, he’d had the same thought before, as

Verse

 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2:8 NIV https://james.bible/james-2-8

Day 4

  How to Love Your Neighbor   Garage door openers are a wonderful convenience, aren’t they? Coming home after a long day at work, you can just drive right in, close the door, and not see another person before reaching the comfort of your home. But that convenience can keep Christians from following one of the most basic commands in the Bible:  "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right"  (James 2:8 NIV). Love your neighbor as yourself. It’s such a simple command, yet most people don’t even know their neighbors—and you can’t love somebody you don’t know. Did you know that God enjoys watching the people he created to have fellowship with each other? In Zechariah 3:10, he says,  "Each of you will invite your neighbor to come and enjoy peace and security, surrounded by your vineyards and fig trees"  (GNT). You probably don't have vineyards in your backyard, but you might have a tree and benches in your

Verse

 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15‭-‬17 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jas.2.15-17.NIV

Day 3

  Real Faith is More Than What You Feel Many people in the United States have recently lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Some of them need food. Some are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage. And they need to know that they’re not forgotten, that they can count on others for support. It’s not enough to just tell them how sorry we are for their circumstances—or send out a tweet with a pious cliché. Empathy isn’t enough. They need real help. James says real faith is more than well wishes. Imagine if you walked up to someone in a food line and said, “Hey, I feel for you. Hang in there. Cheer up. Don't worry, be happy.” Doesn’t that ring hollow in such desperate circumstances? They don’t just need your words; they need food. Genuine faith is practical. It gets involved in people’s needs. Jesus demonstrated this kind of faith. He didn’t just empathize with our pain and predicament. He came to earth to do something about the sin that separated us from God. 1 John 3:17 says