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After a week of flu, being away from home while it was rented by the Tupelo Furniture Market, I’m back online.

Here is a great devotional thought by Ray Ortlund, Jr, a wonderful writer, scholar, and pastor.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

First of all, if you don’t like country music, you are forgiven. But you must perform deeds in keeping with repentance (Acts 26:20) and download “Freedom,” sung by Kenny Chesney and written by the brilliant Tom Douglas:

Now that that’s taken care of, here’s a question to provoke us all: Do the words “set free” (Romans 8:2) describe your life, my life?

In his book Leading Out Of Who You Are, pages 120-121, Simon Walker tells us that, when he asks leaders to list things about themselves they would change if they had the freedom of spirit to do so, he says that people feel exhilarated just making a list of such wonderful things that could become theirs. “It is almost as if they dare not believe it is true.”

All the dreary thoughts and patterns and oldness and disappointment and failure and what’s-the-use despair that holds us back — Christ has set us free from it by uniting us with his all-sufficient righteousness. But this freedom must not remain a “positional truth” only. That is the force of Galatians 5:1. It is for the exercise of freedom, the enjoyment of freedom, the spreading of our wings and soaring, that Christ freed us from the endless scrutiny and curse of the law.

Let’s give ourselves permission to change and grow and stretch and risk and try new things and fail and laugh and try again and find a way and then rejoice in that. Today you can make the devil break out in a rash. Assert your freedom in Christ.And listen to more country music.

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