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Bask in the Son

When I was a teenager, my friends and I used to love to sun bathe. There wasn't much talk of sun protection back then, so we would work on our tans as much as we could. (Though, you really couldn't call it "work".) We'd get out the lawn chairs, go in the back yard, put some music on, and just bask in the sun; twenty minutes on each side. It didn't matter how hot it got, we would just lie still in the presence of the sun because we had a goal. Our time in the sun did something for us—it changed the way we looked!

On a spiritual level, we are also changed by the presence of the S-O-N. Spending time in His presence changes the way we look, but it also changes the way we act and the way we feel! His presence transforms us into His image. Best of all, there's no downside to getting too much S-O-N. The more time you spend in His presence, the better it is for you - spirit, soul, and body!

Be intentional about getting into His presence. Set aside time. Make preparations. Put some worship music on. No matter what distractions may come, stay on track and be transformed as you bask in the presence of the SON!

"Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!" (Psalm 105:4, ESV)


Declare Your Freedom!

I know this woman who had smoked cigarettes from an early age. She tried to quit time and time again, but she just could not stop. She was constantly saying, "I'll never break this addiction. It's too hard. And even if I do, I know I will gain so much weight." This went on for years. One day someone told her to change what she was saying and call things that are not as though they were. She started saying, "I don't like to smoke. I can't stand the taste of nicotine. I'm going to quit and not gain any extra weight." She said that day after day. Even when she was smoking and enjoying it, she would say, "I can't stand to smoke." She wasn't talking about the way she was. She was talking about the way she wanted to be. One morning about three months later, she noticed her cigarette tasted funny, almost bitter. She thought she got a bad pack. It got worse and worse. Several months later, it had gotten so bad that she couldn't stand it anymore. She stopped smoking, and do you know that she never gained one extra pound? Today she is totally free. She broke that addiction, in part, by the power of her words. She prophesied her future. She declared her freedom!

Maybe, like this woman, you have spent years saying negative things over your life. "I can't break this addiction, Joel. My marriage is never going to make it. I'll never get out of debt." No, you've got to send your words out in a new direction. You are prophesying the wrong thing. Get in a habit of saying what God says about you. Every day declare that you are free! You are more than a conqueror! You are a victor and not a victim. Put words to your faith and watch what God will do on your behalf.

This weekend, as we celebrate our freedom in America, let's celebrate our eternal freedom. Let's declare freedom over our lives and our loved ones. Here's a freedom declaration you can say today and every day:

"Because of Christ, I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am strong. I am healthy. I am talented. I am creative. I am confident. I am secure. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am free from the past. I am free from fear. I am free from condemnation. I am free from addictions. I am free from lack. The right people are in my future. The right opportunities are headed my way. I will accomplish my dreams. I will overcome every obstacle. This is my year! Things have shifted in my favor. I am the redeemed of the Lord, and I say so today. I am free in Jesus' name!"



Celebrate Freedom

This weekend in America, we celebrate Independence Day which marks the declaration of our freedom as a nation. We celebrate with friends and family and remember what our founding fathers did for us. We honor this significant time in history, and it's a joy to pass on the legacy of freedom to future generations.

What's interesting about the celebration of Independence Day is that July 4, 1776, was the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. It was the day that the people declared their freedom and put it into writing. However, they had to battle for years before they were actually living in that freedom. They declared their freedom first, and then they stood their ground until they had the victory.

Maybe today you have some things that you want to get free from—addictions, strongholds, lack, fear. Let this be the day you declare your freedom! You may have to stand and press through for a little while. You may have a spiritual battle on your hands, but know that freedom is yours the day you declare it! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Declare and celebrate your freedom. Stand strong and see the hand of God move mightily on your behalf!

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1, NIV)


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