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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 TOPIC: TRUE LIBERTY

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1 year 9 months ago #7939 by Goodness Kap
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

TOPIC: TRUE LIBERTY

READ: John 8:24-38
24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
25 Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
26 I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”
27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.
28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.
29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

MEMORISE:
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

EXPOSITION
He who has never been a victim of slavery, bondage, or imprisonment, either literally or spiritually, may not be able to see liberty as something important. People only come to value something after they have missed or lost it. Nigerian historic leaders fought tooth and nail to ensure Nigeria attained independent status and here we are today, a Federal Republic. Little can only be said to recount and recall the travails, abuses, afflictions and depravity unleashed on Nigerian citizenry by the colonial over-lords!

However, spiritually enslaved ones undergo more. To be spiritually bound, is worse than being physically chained. The devil, the task and slave master, controls the lives of those who have not identified with Christ. It is also surprising that one can be in total bondage but be claiming to be in freedom! This was the position of the Pharisees and Jewish religious leaders, when they countered Jesus that they had never been slaves to any, claiming Abrahamic heredity (John 8:33). The liberty given to us however is neither a license nor freedom to commit sin. If this is so, then one returns to slavery! (Rom. 6:16).

The truth of the matter which was unrecognized by them is that, anyone who commits sin, is under the bondage of sin and is controlled, or manipulated by Satan (1 John 3:3-10). Are you truly in Christ? Do you know Christ? If yes, you have been set free by the Son of God. True liberty exists only in the Son of God. Align with Him today.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Oh Lord, help me not to lose my liberty in You.
2. Lord, deliver my family and I from the bondage of sins that deny us our blessings in You.
3. Father, make the Gospel more established in this nation than ever before, even in the face of cruel persecution.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Leviticus 1:7 – 4:20; Matthew 26:37 – 26:58

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