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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

Christian Liberty Part Two

"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" (John 8:31-32)

In these little verses, Jesus tells us how we can obtain the fullness of Christian liberty (freedom) in our lives. He tells us that in our knowledge of Him as revealed in His Word, the embodiment of truth will set us free. This is important because many people think truth alone will set us free, and while it may be true in a general sense, Jesus talks in these verses about how real knowledge activates truth. As we study the truth of Godís Word, we will get to know Jesus in a deeper way, enabling Godís freedom to come into each life that is open to receive it.

Having said this, letís look at a couple of examples of what He wants to set us free from: Worry and anxiety are two major areas that most of us have to work on. While I have struggled with both of these, I can also say that His Word has brought me to new levels of trust, so I continually grow in the freedom that He speaks about.

Lastly though, I would like to tell you about how my freedom in Christ has brought me acceptance. As a person who has been blind since birth, I didnít have a lot of friends when I was young. Although my concept of self wasnít terrible, it was lacking in certain areas. When I came to know Christ, I felt an acceptance that I had never known. By studying His Word, I have found a new freedom to be all that God has created me to be.

Now God is asking, what about you? How can this freedom be an inspiring force in your life? Ask God to shine the light of the Holy Spirit on areas where He can free you from habits, addictions, etc. For He also created you to be all that you can be in Him, and as you to grow in this dimension of the Word of God, you will discover new horizons that will continually "set you free. "

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

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Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

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