Friday, July 18, 2014

God's Word Brings Freedom and Endows Confidence

Scripture: Psalm 119:45-46
And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings
And shall not be ashamed.

Insights:  Today we learn another two aspects about God’s wonderful Word.  The first is in regards to our freedom we have as the Bible teaches us how to live life.  Notice the psalmist walks at liberty.  In other words, the psalmist is living in freedom from the strangle hold of sin and death.  This week, after I preached this sermon, someone reminded me of an illustration from J Vernon McGee about this idea of freedom.  It is a picture of a funnel.  Satan says, “Look how wide the entry way is.  There is plenty of room for everyone.”  Those who walk this path think things are great and they are free from restraints, but before they know it they have travelled down this funnel and are all of a sudden restricted on every side.  The picture from the perspective of the Lord and the funnel is in the other direction.  God says, “I know it seems like a small entry way, but if you will trust me it will lead to an abundant life and great freedom.”  Those who walk this path indeed find the joys and pleasures found in Jesus and they are amazed at the freedom to live life as they grow in the Lord.  God’s Word helps in this journey to freedom because it reveals God’s love to us.  The second aspect we are studying today is the confidence God’s Word endows to us.  Notice the psalmist is giving testimony to kings and he is not ashamed.  In other words, he has confidence to proclaim the truth about God.  The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand Him.  The more we understand Him, the more we recognize His Spirit’s work in our lives.  The more we recognize the Spirit’s work in our lives, the more confident we become in proclaiming God’s Word to other people.  God’s Word is amazing with all of It’s attributes with which It empowers believers.  Beloved, spend time every day reading the Bible.

1.  Are you experiencing the freedoms found in life as you study God’s Word?
2.  In what specific ways is the Bible endowing you with confidence in your daily life?

Prayer: Father, thank You that Your Word really does bring us freedom and confidence as we live out the truths found in the Bible.  I pray I display Your grace well as I reveal to a watching world what we really have obtained in Jesus.  Fill me with confidence and boldness as I share Your love.  Amen.

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