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Vital signs- Thursday, February 9th, 2023

NO LONGER CAPTIVE! What do Freedom and Captivity look like in daily life? The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are a direct download about ‘freedom.’ Yet, cluttered as our lives are by different opinions and ideologies, what does it mean to be ‘free’? Add to this the task of keeping up with the expectations of society and maintaining a good repute and a savvy social image, it is very easy to cave in to the demands upon us. The fear of failure and social pressure can lead us into a captivity mindset where we allow circumstances to dictate terms to our hearts and minds. But everything changes when we realize who we are and WHOSE we are! Our identity is reshaped as we acknowledge the existence and power of God and make room for His leadership. The true freedom in a God-given identity is better experienced when we know that Jesus has set us free. Better still, he anoints us to share this freedom with others! The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives. Living in freedom gets simplified when we allow the Holy Spirit to govern us. As the Bible says, ‘Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.’ Embracing this reality is a paradigm shift in understanding our identity in Christ! Ask yourself, am I still living in a captivity mindset? Have I allowed myself to experience the freedom of Christ in every area of my life? And am I willing to be led by God to actually start living as His heir? The answers to these questions unfold when we look at life through the lens of the gospel. It’s the good news of the gospel that makes all the difference and paves the way for us to actually experience the freedom of Christ!

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭14‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

Father, please in Jesus name, help us to understand who we are in Christ, and who's we are in Christ. Without a grasp of our identity being in a you, we flounder with anemia that prevents us from maximizing our potential of today. It causes us to focus on the load of tomorrow, taking responsibility on ourselves to do that which we cannot do and robs us once again of today. May we embrace our freedom in your son, Jesus Christ, and walk in the fullness thereof. In Jesus name.

Team Wade loves you ❤️👊

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