Walk in Freedom
Date: July 13, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." (Psalm 119:45)
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: "Dear God, as I meditate on Psalm 119:45, help me to listen attentively to Your Word. Open my heart to understand the freedom that comes from seeking Your teachings. Guide me in applying this truth to my life. In Jesus' name, amen."
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The book of Psalms is a collection of poetic prayers and songs attributed to various authors, including David. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, is a psalm that celebrates the value and importance of God's Word, His instructions, and His ways. In verse 45, the psalmist expresses a profound desire to walk in freedom as a result of seeking God's instructions. He agrees that walking in freedom is directly connected to seeking and obeying God's teachings. The precepts refer to God's commandments, instructions, and principles revealed in His Word. By aligning our lives with God's truth, we experience a sense of liberation, breaking free from the bondage of sin, fear, and the ways of the world. It is through knowing and applying God's precepts that true freedom is found.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
Walk: Implies a journey or way of life, indicating that the psalmist desires to live in freedom continually.
Freedom: Refers to being released from bondage, experiencing liberty, and being able to live in accordance with God's principles.
Sought out: Signifies a deliberate and intentional search for God's precepts, indicating a deep desire to know and understand His ways.
Precepts: Means God's commandments, instructions, and principles that guide our lives.
S - Summarize and Share:
A more casual way of saying today’s verse might be: "I'm going to walk around feeling completely free because I've been checking out God's instructions!"
The psalmist knew the secret to living in true freedom. It's all about diving into God's Word and following His guidance. When we make His precepts, his instructions, our priority, we break free from the things that hold us back.
Sometimes we think freedom means doing whatever we want, whenever we want. But real freedom is found in God's precepts. His instructions are like a roadmap to a life of joy, peace, and purpose. It's like He's showing us the best path to take, and when we follow it, we’ll experience true freedom.
Imagine walking around with a light heart, knowing that you're living in alignment with God's ways. You're no longer weighed down by guilt or shame because His forgiveness has set you free. It's like a breath of fresh air!
But here's the thing: this freedom doesn't come automatically. We have to actively seek it. It's like going on a treasure hunt for God's precepts. We dive into His Word, talk to Him in prayer, and ask Him to guide us every step of the way. As we seek His instructions, we discover the freedom He has in store for us.
So, let's make it our mission to check out God's instructions daily. Let's allow His Word to shape our thoughts, actions, and choices. As we walk in obedience to Him, we'll experience a freedom that goes beyond anything we could ever imagine.
Here are a few Bible verses to explore the theme of freedom in God's precepts:
John 8:31-32 - "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Psalm 119:105 - "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."
Psalm 119:133 - "Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me."
James 1:25 - "But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do."