Today is the last day of 2017. Tomorrow is a brand new year. It can be a day of new beginnings if you choose that path. Yesterday as I was reading and thinking about the new year let freedom ring in 2018 kept coming to me. So I began to look up different scriptures on freedom. There are many that speak to the freedom given to us as Christians. The biggest problem for most Christians is that they don’t choose to open up the gifts given to them and partake. It is a choice. God is not going to force you to live free. He has provided everything you need but you have to take the steps to enjoy them.
If 2017 was a difficult year for you make a determination you are not going to enter this new year trapped in the unhealthy patterns that you did this year. Walk into 2018 with a desire and a plan to be free from the poor choices that stole the abundance God wants for you.
If there is any verses that come to mind concerning choices these are the two I would say we each should embrace. Deuteronomy 30:15-16 is the first “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.” Now, don’t get bent out of shape about the word choices. Command just means to give you a charge. He wants you to understand how important this is. Then the next scripture is John 10:10 “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and to destroy . My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
God has always laid before us a choice. He leaves it up to us to choose. So if you dragged around old stinky habits that produced nothing but defeat and death then make a change. Choose life! When Jesus died on the cross he canceled the power of sin to keep us bound. This means that we can choose to be untangled from the ropes around us. They can be broken because Jesus won the victory for us on the Cross. There is no power in hell that can keep you bound but YOU! Romans 6:22-23 says, “But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Your freedom and my freedom was purchased 2,000 years ago. That gift is there for whosoever will. You have to choose it. Do you want to be free from an addiction? He has provided the escape. Do you want to be free from fear? He has provided the answer. Do you want to be free from lack? He has provided a path to abundance. Do you want to be free from anger and rage? He has an answer for that too!
As the year is closing out why not make a list of the unhealthy choices you want to change. The Bible has verses for every need. If you will take the first step toward spiritual health God will be there. He never forces us to walk in freedom. He has always given us a choice. “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
It is knowing and choosing his ways that brings freedom. Make the choice for freedom and let freedom ring in 2018! Happy New Year and may blessings overtake you in the new year!
Living by the brook,