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FINDING THE SOURCE OF FREEDOM
What does it mean to you to be free? It may mean you and
I can pursue our life's work. There are many countries in the
world in which I would not be free to do what I do. Maybe
that's true for you, too. It's good to be free to make choices,
to make some decisions about our lives. Of course there's
always the danger our choices can cause us to lose our freedom.
Freedom means much more than the opportunity to do what we
like or go where we want. A lot of people do what they like
but seldom like what they do. Some have all the goods of life,
it seems, but no life. They have everything to live with but
nothing to live for.
Handling freedom is like handling nitroglycerin. It may be
a good feeling to have so much power in your hands, but you'd
best be careful or it will destroy you. Too many feed the
hunger in their heart, that appetite for living, with junk
food -- ways of living that destroy. The result is an un-
healthy life-style which is anything but free.
What is freedom? To borrow a phrase from the U. S. Army,
it is the ability to "be all that you can be," to fulfill
your potential while thoroughly enjoying the process.
Who among us hasn't said in our heart .
I want to be free
Free to be me.
Free to know how
I should live now,
I want to be free!
Today, let's talk about how people and nations can be free.
Really free. It must begin with understanding the source of
freedom; with learning where freedom begins, where it comes
If you can get your hands on a copy of God's Word, turn
with me to Exodus 20:1-6.
Then God spoke all these words,
"I am the Lord your God, who brought
you out of the land of Egypt, out of
the house of slavery.
"You shall have no other gods before
"You shall not make for yourself an
idol, or any likeness of what is in
heaven above or on the earth beneath
or in the water under the earth.
"You shall not worship ...
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