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Victory in Europe Day was the public holiday celebrated on May 8, 1945 to mark the liberation secured by the Allied forces in Europe and the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s forces. It signaled the end of WWII in Europe.



We have not known this in America. It is hard for us to think of being under the conquering hand of a foreign dictator, like Hitler, that had destroyed our cities and stripped us of our freedom. 

Liberation day, in such a place, is a glorious moment.



A GREATER DICTATOR



What we do realize (to some degree) if we are believers is that we have been under the horrific hand of the most evil dictator possible. And, there has come a liberation day for us. And it did not take an army. It was accomplished by the sacrificial act of one God-man.



Here's how Paul shares this victorious news with some people who have never heard it. He shares the whole gospel in one sentence.



“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39)



Through Christ we have the possibility of ...



1. Forgiveness of all our sins


2. Freedom from everything that enslaves us--things which we could never have been freed from by our own good works as we tried and tried.



STEPPING INTO FREEDOM



A captive under Hitler could have been liberated and not know it. Or, liberated and not choose to act as a free man. To not BELIEVE.

Such an unbeliever could continue to live in bondage although freedom was completely available.



This is the one condition for this news to be made real to our lives. We must trust in Jesus, looking to Him and Him alone for our forgiveness and release. We must believe in Him and what He has done if we are to receive this forgiveness and freedom.



If you've been forgiven and set free, act like it today. Enjoy your freedom! It is full, free, and forever! 

And, it would make sense, if you have any love for those around you, that you would tell others who have never heard! In fact, you could explain it in a single sentence.

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The Raw Beauty of Spiritual Boldness

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It is beautiful to watch animals in the wild. They are unfettered and powerful. Not confined by man's enslavement, there are a joy to behold.

There's something powerful about men, filled with God the way they were created to be, unrestrained by the fear of others, witnessing to everyone of Jesus Christ. Acts, Chapter 5 records the Apostles imprisoned by their enemies. In the night, an "angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison" and told them to "Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life."

Emboldened by this amazing miracle and exhortation, they do exactly that. The Pharisees are puzzled, pull them back into court, vainly warning them to stop, and the apostles look at them with calm victory in their eyes.

"We must obey God rather than men," they say. And then give another bold witness to their enemies.

Finally, they are scourged and released and somehow this persecution fails to stop them, but merely fills them with joy! "So they went from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name." And they continued "right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ."

Filled with God, emboldened by His miraculous presence and power, and empowered by the authority of the message which they had now decided to die to proclaim, they are unstoppable.

It is a rare beauty to watch men who are set free and filled with God-initiated purpose. The one purpose worth dying for. May God give us an army of such men and women in our day!

 

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