To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. —Revelation 1:5-6

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). What great love He has for us that He would free “us from our sins by his blood.” We are free in Christ and not in bondage anymore to Satan (II Timothy 2:26). “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves” (I Peter 2:16). We are to be servants of our Lord God Almighty for His “glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”

There was a time when “you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience. We all lived among them at one time in the cravings of our flesh, indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-3). “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life” (Ephesians 2:4-10).

He loves us… He freed us… He made us… Out of loving gratitude we serve Him! I am so glad that He acted and did not just say words. May we just not say words, but act. Anybody can just say words… it is the action that validates if the words have meaning. Talk, talk, talk… James tell us to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). He also tells us that just saying we have faith is meaningless without action (James 2:14-26). We are to be serving our King and not just talking about it. May we be doing so. He set us free from Satan to serve Him. How fortunate we are!

Dear Father may I truly serve You out of loving gratitude. It is amazing to understand who You are and what You have done for us through Jesus. May I live faithfully for You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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