Devotionals

Free Indeed

When Jesus saved me, soon He began revealing an amazing truth to me: I do not have to sin any more. I am free from sin. That is not to say that I am free of sin, because sometimes I forget this amazing truth. I can still get distracted by my old nature, defend my personal rights, let myself become offended and hurt. Occasionally I still get angry. I still can sin, but now I am free from its dominion.

Before salvation I did not have a choice. I was a sinner! I often became angry when I thought someone had trampled on my personal rights, didn’t give me the respect I thought deserved, maybe ruined my possessions, stole from me, lied to me, were unfaithful to me, spread hurtful rumors about me, cut me off in traffic… yeah, pretty much anything. I would react with anger and I feel, “I have a right to get angry when people do these things! It’s just not fair! What did I do to deserve this?

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However, at salvation, when Jesus’ Spirit entered my soul, He began to talk to me. He non-verbally said something like, “Well, are you enjoying your little angry fit — your little pity party?”

I responded, “No, but did you see what they did to me, how they hurt me? It was so unfair!

Jesus’ still, small voice said, “Yes, I saw it all, and I completely understand. Do you remember what they did to me? How they hurt me? It was so unfair!”

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“Oh, yes, Jesus. That was truly unfair what they did to you!”

“So, do you enjoy being so angry?”

“No, of course not. I don’t enjoy it at all, but I can’t stop!”

“No, that’s no longer true. Now you can stop. Now nobody can make you become angry. Now, nobody has the power to steal your peace — if you remember where you are and whose you are.

“Whose I am?”

“Yes. Now you are Mine. You surrendered all to me. Remember that day? It was July 28th, 1974. You gave me your life, your body, your possessions, everything! That day you asked Me to come in, and I received you. I took you in, placed your soul securely in Me in Christ. So now “where you are” is in Me! Now, everything — even every unfair thing — that comes your way must pass through me to get to you. Now I am your Abba Father. You no longer have to protect yourself, retaliate, be hurt and angry. I already know all things coming in your future. I will intercept them and transform them, especially the hurtful things, working them together for your good, gradually conforming you into My image. Don’t be afraid. You don’t have to be in control any more. You are not alone. I will never leave you.

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Hold My hand, and I’ll walk with you from here on. There will be battles, but I will walk with you through every one. When you feel afraid, hold on tighter to me. I’ve got this.

“Yes, Lord.”

FREE INDEED

Journey to Publication

The Journey Continues #2

“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

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Why do I want to publish my book? I have dealt with that question more than a few times in the last few years. It’s a novel, but it presents the gospel, in what I hope is a compelling way. In answering this question, I ask myself, “What occupies your mind more than sharing God’s redemption story as you experienced it?”

God pressured me constantly. He said something like, “Everybody has a story. My story in you is unique because you are unique, as are all my children.  I created you to be born before I laid the foundations of the world. I knew you would reject Me for a while, and I pursued you anyway. I plucked you from the abyss, gave you abundant life and the promise of an eternity with Me. Now, I am asking you to write about how I revealed Myself to you, an avowed atheist. You know that was a miracle, don’t you? In the whole scheme of this world, is there anything more important for you to do, than to share what I did in your life?”

“No Sir.”

“Well, get to it!”

So, I have a mission.

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This morning I attended my first regular meeting of Word Weavers. This international organization of Christian writers have local groups that meet once a month to critique one another’s work, encourage one another, and to discover opportunities for growth in our writing skills, networking, and fellowship. I was encouraged by hearing that I am not alone in my disdain for having to learn all the intricacies of the world of social media. After all, I don’t want to be a part of the world, do I?

I learned that, not only do I need this website, I also need to have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, to name a few. I was encouraged to stick to it (even in the midst of Facebook’s horror headlines of late), because as Christian writers working together as the Body of Christ, we can help one other along our respective journeys to publication of God’s Message to a lost and dying world.

Today’s Word Weavers meeting in Tampa was a 45 minute drive from my home in Gulfport, across Tampa Bay. I learned there is a new Word Weavers group in Homer, Alaska, about an hour and a half away from our summer home in Soldotna. How about that! In Alaska!!

God has convicted me that striving to publishing His Message by my writing is merely obedience to His command to “Go!” God is in control of when and if my book is published. It is only my duty to obey and do those things He has set before me.

Like Abraham, I feel a bit apprehensive because I’m stepping out in faith, not knowing where I’m going. What God is asking me to do is not grievous, and I certainly don’t think I have all the answers. I just know I have the answer God gave me, and He has commanded me to share my story of His good news with others.

I covet your prayers that I see the road signs, follow where He leads, wait on Him to renew my strength, obey, and never, ever give up.

Thank you for reading.