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Summary: Some feel that they have "crossed the point of no return" in regards to habitual sin, mistakes, and blunders in life. Be set free by finding out how merciful and forgiving God really is toward your faults.

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WHEN IT COMES TO FREEDOM, I DON’T THINK THERE HAS EVER BEEN ANY THING GREATER IN THIS WORLD THAT HAS ARRESTED MORE PEOPLE INTO BONDAGE THAN UNNECESSARY GUILT.

I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW MANY PEOPLE STILL CARRY WITHIN THEM THE BURDEN OF PAST MISTAKES, HEAVINESS OF HEART OVER BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS AND FAILED MARRIAGES, GRIEF OVER WAYWARD CHILDREN, LOST ATTEMPTS AT EDUCATION, AND THOSE “ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME” OPPORTUNITIES THAT CAME AND WENT.

DESPITE THE FACT THAT JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 11:28-29, “COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS,” THEY CONTINUE TO DRAG AROUND THEIR BURDENS.

IF THEY COULD JUST FIND THAT STRENGTH TO CRY OUT, LIKE THE PSALMIST IN 62:1-2, “MY SOUL FINDS REST IN GOD ALONE; MY SALVATION COMES FROM HIM. HE ALONE IS MY ROCK AND MY SALVATION; HE IS MY FORTRESS, I WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN.”

IF THEY COULD JUST LIFT THEIR HEADS HIGH ENOUGH TO SPEAK THOSE REDEEMING WORDS OF PSALM 71:20-21, “THOUGH YOU HAVE MADE ME SEE TROUBLES, MANY AND BITTER, YOU WILL RESTORE MY LIFE AGAIN; FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH YOU WILL AGAIN BRING ME UP. YOU WILL INCREASE MY HONOR AND COMFORT ME ONCE AGAIN.” OUR RESTORATION IS POSSIBLE. OUR FREEDOM IS NEAR.

NO MATTER WHAT EVIL WE HAVE DONE IT IS STILL NOT “BAD ENOUGH” FOR GOD TO FORGIVE. DESPITE FAILURE WE CAN STILL ENVISION OUR SUCCESS. FOR EVERY LOST DREAM, WE CAN SEE THAT BELIEVING SO WAS A LIE AND NOW A GOAL OBTAINABLE.

WE CAN FIND OUR FREEDOM FROM THOSE MOMENTS IN TIME, THE EVENTS, CIRCUMSTANCES, AND CHOICES OF THE PAST THAT HAUNT US AND CRIPPLE US FROM MOVING FORWARD TOWARDS FULFILLING GOD’S WILL FOR OUR LIVES.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SAYINGS I LEARNED FROM JERRY FALWELL WHILE ATTENDING LIBERTY UNIVERSITY WAS THIS: “YOU DON’T DETERMINE A MAN’S GREATNESS BY HIS TALENTS OR WEALTH LIKE THE WORLD DOES, BUT BY WHAT IT TAKES TO DISCOURAGE HIM.”

THIS IS WHY I ASK THIS QUESTIONS: ARE WE REALLY GOING TO ALLOW THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD (GOOD OR BAD) TO DETERMINE FOR US WHAT BECOMES OF US? ARE WE REALLY THAT SUSCEPTIBLE TO THROWING IN THE TOWEL THAT EASILY? IN SPITE OF ALL THAT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT GOD’S PLAN FOR OUR LIVES AND HIS LOVE FOR US, WHY ARE WE SO GULLIBLE TO QUITTING SO SOON?

MAY THE PHRASE THAT THREADS ITSELF THROUGH PSALM 80 BE OUR FIRST STEP OF FREEDOM WHICH STATES, “RESTORE US, O GOD ALMIGHTY; MAKE YOUR FACE SHINE UPON US, THAT WE MAY BE SAVED.” MAY WE ONCE AGAIN BE REMINDED OF GOD’S COMFORT TO JOSHUA IN 1:9, “HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE TERRIFIED; DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO."

LET US RECLAIM OUR FREEDOM AND LOOSEN THE CHAINS FROM WHAT OPPRESSES AND EATS AT US. WE SERVE A MIGHTY AND POWERFUL GOD WHO OVERCOMES ALL THINGS AND HAS NOTHING THAT CAN CATCH HIM OFF GUARD.

BE ENCOURAGED! LUKE 1:37, SAYS “FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.” BE AT PEACE! JEREMIAH 32:17 DECLARED “AH, SOVEREIGN LORD, YOU HAVE MADE THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH BY YOUR GREAT POWER AND OUTSTRETCHED ARM. NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR YOU. BE COMFORTED! JOB 34:21 AND 36:7, “FOR HIS EYES ARE ON THE WAYS OF A MAN, AND HE SEES ALL HIS STEPS…HE DOES NOT TAKE HIS EYES OFF THE RIGHTEOUS.” WHAT AN AWESOME GOD TO KNOW THAT NOTHING IS TOO HARD OR IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM AND THAT HE IS ALWAYS WATCHING OUT FOR US!


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