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September 19

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Galatians 5:1

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

This freedom we have makes us a party to heaven’s constitution — the Bible. Dear believer, here is a blessed passage for you: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isa. 43:2). You have freedom to partake of this promise. Here is another: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” (Isa. 54:10). You have freedom in that as well, for you are a welcome guest at the table of the promises of God. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with a limitless abundance of grace. It is the bank of heaven from which you may draw as much as you please without any obstruction or restriction whatsoever.

Come in faith and you are welcome to all the covenant blessings. Not one promise in the Word will be withheld. When you are in the depths of tribulation let this freedom comfort you, when you are amid the waves of distress let it cheer you, and when sorrows surround you let it be your solace. This is your Father’s symbol of love, and you are free to partake at any time.

You also have the freedom to “approach the throne of grace” (Heb. 4:16). (Also see Eph. 3:12.) As a believer, it is your privilege to have access at all times to your heavenly Father. Whatever your desires, difficulties, or needs, you have the liberty to place them all before him. No matter how much we have sinned, we may ask for and expect His pardon. Regardless of how poor we are, we may plead His promise that He will provide everything we need. We have permission to approach His throne at all times, whether at midnight’s darkest hour or during midday’s most burning heat.

Therefore, exercise your right, dear believer, and live up to your privilege. You are free to partake of all the treasures of Christ — wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Whatever your need, there is a full supply in Christ awaiting you.

Oh, what freedom is yours! Freedom from condemnation, freedom to partake in God’s promises, freedom to approach the throne of grace, and finally — freedom to enter heaven!

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

Jesus once quoted an Old Testament prophecy of Himself regarding freedom, which says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to ... proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isa. 61:1). And who are the captives and prisoners he came to free? The answer is, as Hebrews puts it: “the children God has given [Jesus],” for it goes on to say, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil ​— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery” (Heb. 2:13 – 15).

Thus, as a child of God, may my prayer be the same as the psalmist:

May your unfailing love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts” (Ps. 119:41, 45).

Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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