MARCH 19

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 30
     Proverbs 6
     John 9
     Galatians 5
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
            ''Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)
 
OUR LIBERTY IN CHRIST
            There is no place in all the Scripture where Christian liberty is set forth more profoundly than in Paul's epistle to the Galatians. We are not saved from the bondage of sin to become slaves to a legalistic religious system. It is sad, however, that many believers misunderstand this liberty we have in Christ.
            Christian liberty is not a license to sin as some would like to believe, but is a liberty to serve.  It is tragic that many believers have become entangled with a yoke of bondage. They find themselves in cages of fear, personal ambitions, tradition, ritual, or some kind of addiction.  God wants you free.  It is time to get out of your cage.
              It was the habit of the old Indian to restore wounded wildlife back to their strength and return them to nature.  He was about to release an eagle back into the wild when a visiting friend said; ''I want to see that eagle close up." After putting a protective leather band on the arm of his guest, the Indian perched the eagle on his arm. He then said, ''Now look deep into his eyes." Then the Indian said, “What do you see?” The man responded, ''I see a wild far-away look." The Indian said, ''that is because the eagle was born to be free." This is just another reason that God has instructed us to be like the eagle. You were born to be free. What does this freedom mean?
            Our freedom in Christ simply means that we are to align ourselves with the Person and standards of our Savior Jesus Christ. It may sound strange to you, but true freedom in Christ is to place yourself under the absolute control and authority of Him. This is where Christian liberty begins for the Child of God. You will discover that you have more freedom and liberties under the absolute control of Jesus Christ than you do on your own. When you are on your own you will immediately fall back into the bondage of sin and flesh. There is only one true liberty - the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.
            That is why Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.”  (Matthew 28:19)  We are busy leading people to make   decisions and seeking to bring them to be converts to our own thoughts and opinions. Our freedom comes as we are disciplined by Jesus, and it is also true of those we win to Christ. Why not today begin to enjoy true liberty as you submit your life to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ?
            Martin Luther King Jr. originated the familiar civil rights cry, "free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last."
Wherever we live and whatever our race, the believer in Christ is free at last. Hallelujah!
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
Ethiopia, with its capital city of Addis Ababa, boasts of more than 80 million inhabitants. The following are a few of the needs that we must pray about today. Ethiopia's political leaders and, of course, their spiritual leaders confront crisis constantly on many fronts. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is going through immense change:
Massive growth in Protestant and independent churches has created a great expectation for further harvest. One of the great needs today is for leadership training in the church of Ethiopia. Perhaps their greatest need is couraage in face of the incredible Muslim advance in this country. Persecution and martyrdom is at an all time high
Bible translation is essential in this country. This is a major task to be accomplished. There are 23 translation projects going on now.
The teenagers of Ethiopia stand in great need of prayer for a total commitment in their lives. These young people could create an army for Jesus. If they do not, they could become an army for Satan. Pray for the ministries reaching to these young people.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD
''I cannot work, my soul to save, for that my Lord hath done.
But I will work like any slave, for love of God's dear Son." Selected