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KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH FREEDOM'S SOURCE
Life's best things are often lost by neglect. This is
especially true of the power, love, and freedom of a Christian.
How many of us would join the poet in lamenting:
Where is the blessedness I knew
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?
What precious hours I once enjoyed,
How sweet their memories still;
But they left an aching void
This world can never fill.
It's true, isn't it, that often we lose what we treasure by
taking it for granted and neglecting it. The weeping husband
confessed: "I took her for granted. I never told her or
showed her how much I love her." The crushed parent wishes
for the impossible opportunity to go back ten years and start
over again with a rebellious child. The carnal Christian,
caught in the devil's yo-yo -- knowing right, doing wrong,
repenting one day, returning to sin the next -- yearns for the
sweet peace and moral power of his early Christian days. In
addition to a daily spiritual maintenance program God's Word
declares a most needed ingredient for keeping our freedom:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your
but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord
your God; in it you shall not do any work, you
or your son or your daughter, your male or your
female servant or your cattle or your sojourner
who stays with you.
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and
the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and
rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord
blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
A large part of keeping free is to set aside a day to
remember who we are. We must not let the hassle of making a
living keep us from having life. Our Lord God commands there
be a day set aside to remember and to teach others to remember
and honor the One who is our source of life, breath, and all
things -- including our fre ...
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