“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” John 8:31-32
As we approach the celebration of our great nation’s independence, we are more aware than ever of the value of freedom. Thus, in the face of the present compromise and outright assault on our freedoms in this nation, it is vital to maintain our composure as leaders. It is my hope that this series of posts on freedom will both encourage and equip you to be proactive and not reactive, positive and not negative, stalwart vessels of victory and not victimization. Let’s get to this first lesson… Free to Think.
God has given His highest form of creation freedom to develop competent, cohesive thought and to act upon those thoughts in constructive ways. Of course, there is nothing said or done that does not originate in the mind. For this reason it is essential that we are daily developing our minds in the way He originally designed, in a culture of His truth. That is, in His Word. You see, it is the Word of God that was, is and always will be the enduring power of His people and the purest source of His truth. Do you want to make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of truth on your family, ministry, business and community? Then, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17
Mind you, I have a few favorite resources that I want to extend to you (see below). If you aren’t already utilizing their ample resources, begin to do so today and you will find yourself in greater position to defend the freedoms you hold so dear. However, make no mistake, there is no substitute for the Word of God as the primary source for the faith needed to fight for a freedom that, to the praise of His glorious grace, is already won in Christ Jesus! And remember, regardless of who sits behind the “Resolute Desk” in the White House, God is still on the Throne of Heaven. So be calm, cool and collected as a servant leader today.
The Leader Lesson for today is this, win daily the battle that always begins in your mind. Do so by getting into the living Word of God. Purpose to, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly… (Colossians 3:16) as you are “…transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will (Hebrews 12:2).” Its as simple as that.
I want to leave you with a choice selection from one of our Founding Fathers to fill your mind with conviction and confidence in these troubled times. It was John Quincy Adams who encouraged, “The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made “bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” [Isaiah 52:10].” Life of John Quincy Adams, W. H. Seward, editor (Auburn, NY: Derby, Miller & Company, 1849), p. 248
Remember, through His eternal Word you are free to think and think free.