Part 1 – Freedom in Jesus

When Jesus walked on earth, he performed many works: teaching through parables, healing the sick, performing various miracles, and walking on water. However, none of these compare to the greatest work Jesus’ Father called Him to do. By dying for us on the cross, Jesus freed us from our sins. This liberated all of mankind from the law of sin and death.

The Bible tells us that this was Jesus’ primary job, even from the time of his birth.

Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. (NKJV)

This is the most important message for us to understand because it relates to the crucial question that each of us must answer: Where will I end up after I die?

As we go about our daily lives on this earth, we make choices based upon two internal questions.

  1. For whom will I live on this earth, God or self?
  2. What am I choosing as my ultimate destination, heaven or hell?

Every decision that we make, every action that we choose to follow is a reflection of the answers to these two questions.

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God, Our Provider

The Bible is full of many different names for God. Each of these names reveals an aspect of God’s character, His DNA. Many of these names are found in the Old Testament and point to the fulfillment of His promises, through the life of Jesus, in the New Testament.

El Shaddai

El Shaddai means The All Sufficient One. He is the source of all our blessings. He is all powerful and is able to make good on His promises in due time. He supports us and provides for us. He is our God who is enough!

This particular characteristic of God can be vividly seen in Abraham’s story.

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. (NKJV)

I would encourage you to read Abraham’s entire story in Genesis sometime, but here in this verse, we see in the beginning God asking Abraham to go beyond his “regular, everyday” faith walk by walking before God and trusting Him completely. What Abraham did not know (what none of us know entirely) is the future plans that God had for him. Abraham did not know that God would ask him to sacrifice his son before God – the same son that God had just blessed him with.

Think about that, God has asked Abraham to sacrifice his most precious blessing, his son, Isaac. So what does Abraham do? He obeys God without having a clear understanding of why God had asked him to sacrifice his son because Abraham had complete trust and faith in God and knew that his God would provide — and He did. Just as Abraham had traveled up the mountain to do just as God commanded, God sent His Angel to stop Abraham and provide a way to save Abraham’s son and take his place.

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Filling Your Nets

Faith is not a genie’s lamp! Faith is laying down what you think and obeying God’s word when it goes against everything you think you know.

Faith is taking the steps of obedience that release God’s power and provision in your life.

Luke 5:4-6 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But, Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (NKJV)

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Faith – Peeling the Orange

As a mother and her son are walking along a sidewalk, a man approaches them and asks if he may give an orange to the young boy. After the mother agrees, the boy excitedly receives the piece of fruit. The mother, prodding her son, says, “Don’t you have something to say?” The boy, looking at both adults, replies, “Yeah, peel it!”

Just as the boy should have said ‘thank you’ and proceeded to peel the orange, too many people walk through life expecting God to peel the fruit that He has given to them!

Where does Faith begin?

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Claim Your Authority

Let us start this discussion with a very important question: why did Jesus come to earth?

1 John 3:8-10 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. (NKJV)

This scripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, came to the earth so that He may destroy the works of the devil. However, there is a condition which follows this statement in 1 John where we must be born of God and not of sin. Whether you agree with the Bible or not, if you are not saved and born of God you will be dominated by darkness and the nature of sin and death. As 1 John describes, sin is of the devil – Satan.

Let us look at a few characteristics of Satan:

1. He controls the world.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. (NLT)

2. He operates in darkness.

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (NKJV)

3. He encourages evil deeds.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (NKJV)

Even as a Christian, you will yield to the nature of sin if you don’t make an effort every day to walk in the spirit of life. However, as a Christian, we do not have to yield to our sinful nature and desires, nor do we have to submit to what Satan dictates on this earth.

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