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June 26, 2016 - Our Mysterious Deliverer (Ten Markers to Freedom Series) - Exodus 20:1-6

posted Jul 1, 2016, 7:26 AM by Grant Garber
  • The Ten Commandments provide signposts that help us find our way to freedom.
  • Like the novice sailor, we, too, have drifted off course and are in need of a guide to find our way home. These Commandments will show us the way.
  • The wilderness is where we are converted from a people on the run with only a vague idea of the Promised Land, to a people of faith who have learned to walk with God on any road. And that is the only way to be free.
  • Ours is a God who liberates and who will not tolerate anything less than freedom for us. He’ll never settle as easily as we do for secure misery.
  • Christians love the cross. We wear it around our necks, and we gather under it every Sunday. It is the symbol of our freedom.
  • That is also one of the reasons why Christians are baptized. It is as if to say – we, too, have passed through the waters and begun this journey with God.
  • Along the way, we discover that the road to freedom is frightening and filled with risk. We are tempted to find another god or idol that is more manageable. But every idol will only drag us back to slavery.
  • Freedom comes, not because we found something to help us cope with how it is. It comes when we have trusted God to lead us to how it can be.
  • Why does God want so much for you to be free? Because there is one thing you can only do in freedom. And that is to choose to love – to love God, the neighbor, the enemy, and even yourself.
  • If Christians could get to the place where we were known for our gracious love, then the whole world would get a glimpse of the Promised Land.
Pastor Jim Spon | Exodus 20:1-6