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The Freedom of Faithfulness

Posted: Tuesday, May 16

 Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
John 8:31-59
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 15:12-14

Verse of the day:

“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)


Most people don’t think of fences as freedom. The see the boundaries as confinement. They look at where they cannot go and what they are “missing out on”. However, Jesus teaches us to turn around. The abundance of life exists when we live in faithfulness and obedience to his teaching.

 

Ask anyone who has lived a life dedicated to a pleasure. They will tell you that there is an emptiness to sin. They will tell you of the pain and hurt that you develop in your life. There is fun for a season, but there is a price to pay for that fun. Addiction, depression, disillusion and loneliness lead the long list of things that will begin to fence us in.

 

That is why Jesus give us boundaries in which to live our lives. We can choose to live in his fences or our sin will soon build its own; and the fences of sin are always more constricting. Jesus fences provide freedom. Just turn around. Turn around and see the truth of the “confinement of obedience.” Jesus boundaries keep us in green pastures. Jesus fences keep us near fresh living water. Obeying Jesus keeps us up close to the source of all life.

 

So we have to decide what we believe. Do we really believe that when we live our lives limited by the obedience to God’s word that we will experience more freedom than if we choose to walk our own path and go our own way? Jesus fences are always there to provide us protection and safety. We can chose to venture outside of his will and plan, but we will soon find out that the fences of our sin will always trap us in a prison of our own making.

 

So today, make the choice to move away from the edge of sin and turn around to the true life in Christ that you have been given. Being to truly live in the freedom of faithfulness.