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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 34)

11 Mar

The believer in Jesus has many blessings! And one of the reasons to have unsaved friends (in addition to our Savior being a friend of sinners) is that we are able to count the many gifts and advantages that we have in Christ which our lost friends don’t yet have.

And I’m pretty sure that Mike — and my other unsaved friends —

34. THEY DON’T HAVE THE GIFT OF TRUE FREEDOM!

Freedom in Scripture is not the right to do what I want, but the power to do what I should. As one writer put it, “Man’s first duty is not to find freedom, but a Master!” Trusting Christ as one’s Savior brings an incredible freedom which the world can only counterfeit. Jesus promised, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Much of the epistle to the Galatians emphasizes the freedom the believer has in Christ. We read in Galatians 5, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Man Breaking Chains GIFs | TenorThe Messiah was prophesied as one who would provide freedom for those who believed in Him. We read of this prophecy in Isaiah 42 and hear Jesus apply those words to Himself in Luke 4: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free . . .”

The Psalmist understood freedom and proclaimed: “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45). Even creation itself longs God Creation by conbagui on DeviantArtfor the freedom that is promised, as we read in Romans 8- “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”

The believer can come to God, as Ephesians says, “with freedom and confidence” (3:12). Paul makes it clear as he thinks about his freedom in Christ — “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.” (I Cor. 10:23).

Psalm 18 says, “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.” (vv. 19 & 36)

So, how do I pray for my unsaved friend? We read in 2 Corinthians 3, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (v. 17). My lost friend doesn’t have the Spirit because he doesn’t have the Savior. And I can pray for a God-given freedom from his sins. (to be continued)

 

 

 
 

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2 responses to “Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 34)

  1. John

    March 11, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Excellent!

     
    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      March 12, 2022 at 5:29 am

      Thank you, John. Please remind me how we met? Blessings. Dr D.

       

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