May 16, 2019

Freedom Under God - Romans 12:17-21

"The Stars and Stripes are a great reminder of that freedom under God. The civil war was historic. It was a great victory for the insidious practice of slavery in America. It was the heart of a Christ centered nation that not only brought freedom from this inhumane pestilence in America, but in many ways it sent a signal to the entire world that all men should be free from the bondage of other men." 

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is bitterness such a slave master? Why is it such a slave driver?
  2. How do we hold on to bitterness? Why do we hold on to bitterness?
  3. How does forgiveness heal the wounded heart? H
  4. Who do you need to forgive today for real?
  5. How could Jesus's death on a cross help you with that?

Transcription:

00:14 Romans 12 is absolutely loaded. Just the most fantastic collection of life changing truth. Let's checkout Romans 12 verse 17 through 21. It says this, "it says, never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. And if possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God. For it is written. Vengeance is mine. I will repay, says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he's thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." This is what separates Christianity from every religion in the world. Um, here at home, uh, you know, we say our pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Freedom under God.

01:24 It's better than winning World War II, Korea, you know, the Cold War with Russia, the wars and the Gulf. Freedom under God. You know, it means thinking like he thinks. You know, released from the inner voices that can enslave you in sin and trap your thoughts that bring mental, uh, you know, instability and envy and strife and jealousy and hatred. You know, the Stars and Stripes are a great reminder of that freedom under God. The civil war was historic. It was a great victory for the insidious practice of slavery in America. You know, it was the heart of a Christ centered nation that not only brought freedom from this inhumane pestilence in America, but in many ways it sent a signal to the entire world that all men should be free from the bondage of other men. You know what? There is however, a slavery that continues to rage in America, in the world today when I see it in teenagers and men that I counsel who want to kill themselves.

02:32 You know, I see it in husbands and wives who wants to divorce each other. Uh, it's a slavery that cannot be ended with the musket or with the canon. The bloodshed of a nation cannot quench its thirst. Only the bloodshed of one applied in your heart can stop its beguiling reign in the life of a victim. The slave's master is called bitterness. Your boyfriend was cruel to you. Your dad called you names. He beat you. He wasn't there. He was mean to your mom. You know, your sister wore your clothes and tore the pocket of your favorite shirt. Your football coach sets you on the bench. You know, your boss passed you over when he hired somebody younger than you. Your ex wife of, um, you know, left you in a rage and never came back again. You know, we hold the grudge like a, like a three year old holds a Butterfinger candy bar. The bitterness

03:30 we harbor burns like a hot coal inside of our hearts. It makes us depressed and we make up and we just, you know, become just the live in these ominous clouds. These grey clouds that hover in the sky over heads, looming in hazy darkness. But then in a moment of freedom, you know, we see Jesus on the cross. We see nails in his hands. We see stripes on his back saying, "father, forgive them for they know not what they do." And then we understand and we apply our understanding and then we are free. And the Stars and Stripes of victory, we're finally victorious in our hearts. And here's a questions today, you've got to take it home. Why is bitterness such a slave master? Why is it such a slave driver? And how do we hold on to bitterness? Why do we hold on to bitterness? And then today, How does forgiveness heal the wounded heart? Here it goes, man you take it home. Who do you need to forgive today for real? How could Jesus's death on a cross help you with that? And the lifeline of the day says this: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

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