DAY TWENTY-EIGHT

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Rediscovering Freedom?

By Josh Usher

Is it something you have? Is it to be provided? Is it the right to define self? Is it something you can gain or lose? Is it in speech? Is it in peace?

Freedom is the state of being that allows you to be at peace in any given moment. It is where circumstances do not hinder your capacity to see, to imagine, to create, to do and to love; just like our Heavenly Father. 

The liberty of man is found in the absoluteness of God.

Consider Peter, the disciple of Jesus.

It is a stormy night, and he is in a boat with his friends. Meanwhile Jesus walks toward them on water. Then Peter calls out:

“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 

Matthew 14:28-31

While Peter was walking toward, and focused on Jesus he was free from the law of gravity. Then he started to sink. Why? His focus shifted from walking toward Jesus, to the threat of the wind and waves around Him.

The liberty of God through Jesus is in the fact that He is above all, in all, and through all. God is the only absolute. All else is subject to change.

In other words: Whether you are under it all, in the middle of it all or trying to get through it all, you can still be free because He is there with all power and all authority.

The evidence of this freedom can be measured in our ability to see, to imagine, to create, to do and to love. You cannot solve gravity but you can focus on Christ:

We take risks each time we move in a new direction in life. But like Peter, if we move in the direction of Christ and keep focused on Him, we begin to operate in His power and authority. Then if we fall He is there willing and able to lift us up as we cry out “Lord save me”.

We reset by refocusing our plans in the direction of Christ. 

I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. 
Psalm 16:8

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