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F-R-E-E: How True Freedom is Obtained

4th-FlagBy Kenneth W. Hagin

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED."
—John 8:36

In recent years and in years gone by, much blood has been spilled for the freedom that we enjoy. Freedom is never free; it always costs something. And although the freedom you enjoy may seem “free” to you, someone else paid the price for it. 

We hear the words “free” and “freedom” used loosely in our country. Teenagers, certain religious factions, and other disgruntled groups of people are just some of those who talk about wanting more “freedom.” But even though our country may have some problems and it certainly isn’t perfect, we should still be grateful for this great nation.

Thank God for the natural freedom we enjoy in the United States. Thank God for the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide us with that freedom. But what does it mean to be truly free? Are we truly free just because we live in a free country and are basically able to do as we please within the law? No! That is a form of freedom, but it is not true freedom.

I believe that we only have true freedom when we are free in God. John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED.” We are truly free—free indeed—when Jesus Christ has set us free. Even someone in prison can be truly free in Christ. This kind of freedom is not based upon whether we have the ability to go where we please or to do what we want. This freedom is based on Jesus.

How do we receive this kind of freedom? Using the word free as an acrostic (F-R-E-E), we can see how this freedom is obtained.

First, we must have faith in God.

Many people claim to have faith in some sort of god. Some people worship inanimate objects, such as the sun or the moon. Others worship false gods, such as Buddha or Mohammed. For some people, riches, pleasures, or possessions are their god. (Whatever people praise more highly than anything else is a god to them.) But to be free, we must have faith in the one true God—God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in God sets us free from the bondage of sin and death.

Second, we must rely on God.

Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” When we rely on God, He sets us free from the chains of insecurity, fear, and doubt. We can trust Him to bring His plan to pass in our life. We can trust Him to meet our needs (Phil. 4:19). We can trust Him to protect us (Ps. 91).

Third, we must enlist in God’s plan.

Matthew 9:37 says, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” To enjoy true freedom, we must be busy about our Father’s work. Most people are too busy pursuing their own plans to enlist in God’s plan. But in view of all that God has blessed us with, we should devote some of our time to work for Him—helping others, ministering to the needy, reaching the lost, and so forth. And we should be consecrated to do what He wants us to do and to go where He wants us to go.

Fourth, true freedom comes from knowing that we have eternal life with God.

Many people live in fear about the future. But when one is afraid about the future, it’s because he’s failed to recognize or has forgotten that God holds the future. Many people are afraid of losing their jobs, afraid about the economy, afraid of terrorist attacks, and so forth.

But God has commanded us not to be afraid. He has provided us the means to walk in victory, even in the face of defeat. And if we have accepted Jesus as Savior, we will also experience eternal life with God! We don’t have to be afraid of anything—not even death itself! The Bible says that Jesus died to destroy the one who holds the power of death—the devil—and to free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death (Heb. 2:14–15 NIV). Jesus died to set us free!

If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior, now is the time to do it. When you have faith in God, rely on God, enlist in God’s plan, and know you have eternal life with God, you can enjoy the true freedom that is yours in Jesus Christ. Then you will be “convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39 NIV)!

Pray this prayer and start a new life in Christ.

Dear God,

I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that "Jesus is Lord," and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus' Name I pray.

Amen.

 

 

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Rockets Over Rhema: A Celebration of America’s Freedom

ROR Email 1 2018

BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA—An unforgettable Fourth of July celebration hosted by Rhema Bible Church ignites on July 1!

Rockets Over Rhema features one of the area's biggest premiere firework displays. Held on the beautiful 110-acre Rhema campus since 2003, it has become a destination for over 50,000 people every year. Not only will dazzling fireworks be the highlight of the evening, but family-friendly activities are sure to entertain everyone. Admission is free.

Rockets Over Rhema 2018 kicks off at 5 p.m. with the 50's style patriotic musical Route 66: The Red, White, and Blue Tour in the Rhema Bible Church auditorium. The show features a musical touring group traveling along the Main Street of America—Route 66! The journey promises to provide a rocking fun time!

Excitement continues outside at 6 p.m. with Inflata-Zone, a car show, and more! Food adventures of all kinds—from burgers to barbeque and funnel cakes to snow cones—can be found at cash-only concession stands and food trucks.

The outdoor concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with great music from Citizen Way, Consumed By Fire, Brian Nhira, and Synergy Band. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, or just sit on the grass and enjoy. Immediately following the concert, the booming light show will begin right over the stage!

Get your ooohs and aaahs ready for one of the largest and brightest fireworks display in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area!

Schedule of Events
• 5 p.m. Patriotic Musical
• 6 p.m. Outdoor Activities Begin
• 6:30 p.m. Outdoor Concert
• 10 p.m. Fireworks

Visit RocketsOverRhema.com or call (918) 258-1589 ext. 2893 for more information. The event is held on the Rhema campus
at 1025 W. Kenosha Ave., Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Follow @RhemaBibleChurch on social media for event updates
and reminders!

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Honoring True Heroes

Memorial Day//Kenneth W. Hagin

Memorial Day is a time where we recognize the fallen heroes of our land—men and women who gave their lives so others could live in freedom.

The online Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word hero as "an illustrious warrior; a person admired for achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage." The world has many heroes. Some are famous; others are unknown. We're thankful for everyone who has served in our military, but this month we are honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Men and women have died in battle so their loved ones might live in freedom. Their sacrifice is matched only by the sacrifice of grieving parents whose children did not return, of spouses who will face the future alone, and of children who will grow up without a father or mother.

There is one Hero, however, who towers above the rest. And we must honor and recognize the Hero of heroes, the One Who gave His life so everyone might have life: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus died for the sins of all mankind! He bore the punishment for all humanity! He knew suffering and agony so that we could have victory, peace, healing, mercy, joy, and love. When heroes are honored, usually Jesus' Name is not mentioned. Yet His Name should be at the top of the list! No hero on earth compares with Him.

I thank God that we can live free in this country because of the heroes who gave their lives. And I thank God that we can live in spiritual freedom because Jesus shed His blood on the cross.

Let's not forget those who have died serving our country. But let us never forget Jesus Christ, the Hero of heroes. He is our real Hero—on Memorial Day and every day.

 


 

 

Note: This article is taken from Heart to Heart in Word of Faith magazine May 2018. 

 

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How to Leave a Godly Heritage for Our Children

Honoring Fathers

//Kenneth W. Hagin

I was fortunate to grow up in the home of Kenneth E. Hagin. He was my natural father and a spiritual father to many. Although my dad is now in Heaven, his example of faith still lives with me today. I can recall the victories he obtained through his faith in God. My father's faith endured many tests and trials and got us all through many rough times.

My dad was a fine example of a godly father. Abraham of the Old Testament is another example of a godly father. In Romans 4:16 (NLT ) Abraham is called "the father of all who believe." Throughout history, he has affectionately been called "Father Abraham."

The way Abraham endured to receive the promise of God has helped many believers to stand firm on God's Word as they go through difficult times. Abraham's life is also an example to all of us who are fathers.

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RBTC Graduates Minister LIFE—Rhema In Action

International Rhema DaySupporting Rhema—Reaching the World

Graduates in Action Report

Newborn Madilyn Grace arrived at 24 weeks—16 weeks before her due date—and weighed one pound, 10 ounces. Her lungs were undeveloped, and she needed mechanical ventilation to help her breathe. She needed a miracle.

Madilyn's parents were full of faith thanks to their pastors—Rhema grads Carl and Belinda Benton. They taught the young couple faith and how to believe God for miracles. The baby was born on a Sunday, and the mom was in church the following Sunday. She and her husband continued feeding their faith and stood on the uncompromising Word of God. Madilyn's parents, the Bentons, and the church family believed God to heal baby Madilyn Grace.

Read full article here.

Help Train More Laborers Like Carl and Belinda

You can be a part of stories like this. International Rhema Day gives you the opportunity to help train more men and women to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many people around the world need miracles. And you can help change that!

International Rhema Day is May 6. Your gift is felt wherever our graduates go. Click here to give a gift.