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Jul 4, 2013

LIBERTY in CHRIST




  One Nation Under God







Stand fast therefore 

in the liberty with which 

Christ has made us free, 

and be not entangled again 

with the yoke of bondage.  
Galatians 5:1



27 comments:

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    1. David,

      yes...Liberty and independence are not the same...

      LIBERTY =
      a. The condition of being free from restriction or control.
      b. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
      c. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor.

      INDEPENDENCE =
      1. Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing.
      2. Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant: an independent mind.
      3. Not determined or influenced by someone or something else; not contingent: a decision independent of the outcome of the study.
      4. often Independent Affiliated with or loyal to no one political party or organization.
      5. Not dependent on or affiliated with a larger or controlling entity

      We who are in Christ are dependent on the Lord's influence in our lives...His guiding Holy Spirit...brings freedom to my body, mind, and spirit. Where would we be but for His interdependence in our lives.

      Good point, David. thanks for picking up the pencil to share.

      blessings
      patrina <")>><

      2 Chron 14:11
      Then Asa cried out to the LORD his God, "O LORD, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in you alone.

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  2. Hi Patrina,
    Hold fast that which is good. The Lord reveals God's love for us through the Holy Spirit's teachings to us as individuals. He is the best teacher we could have. God bless you in your walk with Him.

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    1. Brenda,

      The Holy Spirit is indeed the best teacher since Jesus the Messiah walked among us on the earth. In His homegoing...to be with the Father for this season..He left us the Holy Spirit of God...to guide us into all TRUTH.

      thank you for picking up the pencil this independence day for America.

      Blessings
      patrina <")>><

      John 14:25-26
      25 These things have I spoken to you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.

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  3. I am trying so hard to hold fast....need all the strength I have...because the storm of life is tearing at me with so much fury, sometimes, I seem to be losing my grip, but I hold unto HIS words desperately to survive.

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    1. Dear MEE,

      This heart-felt comment reminds me of when we first met almost 4 years ago in blogland. The Lord was powerful then as He is now...and He holds you just as steady as He always has.

      You know I am praying for you. The Lord has a plan. He always has a plan...Trust in Him with all your heart...and do not lean towards your own understanding. Do not allow the enemy to push you into that dark corner. Remain in the Lord's light. Trust that He is the same today as yesterday. he has brought you through the fire... you are His. By the Grace of God...you WILL survive to claim His goodness and Glory.

      Lord, Jesus, set her free tonight of this fear...of losing her grip. Fear is the absence of FAITH. They cannot co-exist. Either we fear or we have faith. Turn it around for her Lord. Encourage her! Strengthen her. Hold her up with your right hand! Bring her to a place where she can see your hand...your heart in her circumstance right now. Clear the view...remove the boulders that hinder...and bring her to that place of abiding again ...with you!

      I give you all the praise and Glory for you oh Lord are our Light - our Liberty - our Help in times of trouble....our strong tower...we run to you! oh Lord, when the pressures come at us from all sides - to pin us in. Thank you Lord...that we can come to you with all of our requests...knowing that you oh Lord...receive them with all the love of a Father.

      we wait before you tonight...eager to see and hear... your responsive presence to our sister's cry for strength. Empower her with your strength from on high! Do it again, Lord! Do it again!!

      Amen!

      Blessing to you, my dear sister and friend in Christ

      patrina <")>><

      Proverbs 29:25
      Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

      Proverbs 18:10
      The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

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  4. I thought of you tonite! I was at a Hispanic Christian Music Concert they have every year. Because I lived in Spain as a child I feel a kin to the Latin music and some of their ways that are so family, friendly and endearing. I can't find it every where, or a whole lot in our culture anymore....but I looked across the crowd and know so many and know their struggles, their failures and their sometimes hopeless future, and YET....their FAITH abounds with HOPE in the present...where they are at, struggling....but SO LOVED and accepted by our precious loving LORD JESUS....and they feel His Love, His presence in their lives as they are! They sang powerful confirming songs of His Love!! If they aren't free here....they are at LEAST FREE IN JESUS....for some it is all they have....and for some reason that is attractive to me. I am sure some of my friends and neighbors wouldn't picture me there, but I got filled with His love and hope and joy...because with HIM LIVING IN YOU....what else do you need....it is pure JOY....especially when a victory has been won or you recognize that the battle was the enemy trying to rob you of what you have and he can't have....just GLORY TONITE....you would have had fun if you could have gone with me, this old lady who is truly FREE in Christ...and free to go to a loud Christian Concert in Spanish....!! Love you and hope you are well!! We are secure in HIS LOVE....

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    1. Sherry,

      I would have loved going to that concert with you! How fun.I feel the JOY exuding from you... Thanks for sharing your liberty in Christ Jesus!

      hugs,
      patrina <")>><

      Philemon 1:7
      Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people.

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  5. Hi! I love your photograph and the scripture from Galatians. It's wonderful to see Christians like yourself using their talents and gifts to praise God and tell others about the hope we have in Him!

    God Bless!!

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    1. Jephyr,

      great to share a visit...thanks for picking up the pencil...

      May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

      blessings to you Jephyr
      patrina <")>><

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  6. Unless we actually come to a realisation of the liberty we have, we still remain in bondage even when the chains have fallen to the ground.
    Hope you are well :)

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    1. Gospel Girl!
      Such a surprise to see you ....and what profound wisdom you came to share. I love every word. So perfectly stated! I saved it in my collection of quotes...thank you for your visit and for picking up the pencil.

      Blessings to you
      patrina <")>><

      Gal 5:1
      It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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  7. What a blessing to belong to HIM!! Blessings to you Patrina...may the LORD guide you continually and give you HIS peace. In HIM, Camille

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    1. Camille,
      Blessings to you too, my friend. Such a treasure to depend on His daily guidance, isn't it? We are safe and secure with Him!

      May His peace always be upon our respective households!

      hugs,
      patrina <")>><

      The Ministry of the Twelve

      Matt 10:12-14
      …12 "As you enter the house, give it your greeting. 13 "If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. 14 "Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.

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  8. I just hopped over here to see what you are up to and the scripture you have used is one of my favorites! It is so easy to 'visit' our old thoughts and tendencies, and His Word is so clear... do NOT get tangled up in that again!! So glad to visit you tonight Patrina. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    xo
    Sonja

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    1. Sonja,

      thanks so much for visiting and picking up the pencil. Blessings to you and the family.

      patrina

      1 Cor. 8:6
      But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.

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  9. Dear friend, I always thank God for the sensitivity of your heart. This is a beautiful passage and badly needed to be heeded by many nations around the world. I appreciate your visiting my blog, I know the prayers you have offered in behalf of our nation has reached the ears of Almighty Father. Blessings to you dear friend.

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  10. Lidia,

    Sorry it took so long to post your comment. I Don't come here often any more, as you can see. I got the comment but then forgot to log in to post it. I have been following the traumatic upheaval of your nation. I follow a Christian missionary who goes to the Philippines often. He was there during the ordeal. It has been interesting to see his photos and hear his heart on the matter.

    Praying for you, your family and loved ones within your beloved country. May God restore all and more. Let HOPE arise!

    hugs to you this day
    patrina <")>><

    Romans 15:13
    I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Hebrews 6:19
    We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

    Romans 4:16
    Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

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  11. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such kind comments and prayer. It was such an encouraging "welcome back" to blogland. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and blessed new year!

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    1. Debra,

      It was so much of a blessing for me to happen to find your post while I was online. And to see that it was your first time back after a year. It felt good to welcome you back and to encourage you to find peace in being here.

      We all have our reasons for staying away or taking a break from our presence here. I struggle with the importance of our presence in blogland...particularly with big brother NSA 's overbearing presence. That's when I went quiet.

      But, what does God have to say about our presence here? that's the real question to discern. And that's going to be different for each one of us. I'm at the point of trying to discern what God wants to do with my presence here and around blogger, as I visit all of those I've met over the past 4 years.

      I want to thank you for visiting me. May the Lord find us faithful with what He has called us to do...and what He's called us to be...for His Glory.

      Let HOPE arise!

      Blessings to you Debra,

      patrina <")>><

      Romans 8:28
      And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

      Ephesians 1:18
      I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

      Ephesians 4:1
      As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

      Ephesians 4:4
      There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

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  12. Passing by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a new year filled with His awesome blessings. Thank you for always encouraging me whether at my place or here. God bless you sister and praying all is well with you and your family...

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    1. RCUBEs,
      The New Year is upon us...blessings to you and your family as you seek together God's will for your lives. I appreciate you and your wisdom...at your work and and your home. God certainly enlarges my territory as I reflect on His encompassing Grace ...with me and those He's placed around me...at home-base and in this blogger space. Here's to another year of living testimonies to our faith in the resurrected Lord..our One and Only Jesus Christ!

      hugs
      patrina <")>><

      The War in Heaven
      Rev 12:10-11
      10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
      11 "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

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  13. Dear friend,
    Dropping by to let you know I appreciate your friendship. Wishing you a new year full of hope, joy, and peace.
    Love
    Lidia

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    1. Blessing to you and yours for a journey of opportunity through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...walking ever so close behind Him.. as He leads us daily...into the new year that is upon us.

      Praying for you and your countrymen

      hugs,
      patrina <")>><

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    2. forgot to add scripture :)

      John 16:33
      "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

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  14. Thank you for stopping by at my place Patrina. May the Lord bless you in 2014...He is Good! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement...thank you! Hugs, Camille

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    1. Camille,
      I trust your sabbatical over the season was restorative and filled with new family memories. God is good all the time. We who trust in His will, are recipients of His care, His mercy and His grace. I am confident and blessed beyond measure in the knowing that we will never walk alone...through life's tragedies and pain. His love encompasses all ...in His time...He makes all things beautiful.

      Blessings for the new journey with our Lord!

      Hugs
      Patrina <")>><


      Ephesians 3: 15-19
      14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
      15 from whom every familya in heaven and on earth derives its name.
      16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
      17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
      18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
      19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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Thanks for picking up the pencil...

May the grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit ...
be with you all.


Patrina
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