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Summary: This is the breif message outline for our annual fourth of July Ice Cream social. I had to keep it brief so the ice cream wouldn’t melt

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Living in Freedom

July 4, 2007

Ice Cream Social Devotional

Introduction

We shall not fight alone. God presides over the destinies of nations and will raise up friends for us. The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

We are free to experience the fullness of God (12-15)

A. Our freedom gives us an eternal hope

B. Christ sets us free to experience all that God is and all that God has

We are free to exhibit the faithfulness of God (16-17)

A. Jesus takes away the veil to reveal more of God

B. The presence of the Spirit gives us spiritual liberty

We are free to extend the fruitfulness of God (18)

A. We now reflect the glory of God

B. We are changed into the likeness of Jesus


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