Sunday, April 28, 2019
Daily Devotion: Do You Know About J.G. Warmath?
Bible Reading: Galatians 5:1-7
Key Verse: Verse 1 - “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Key Words: the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free
There are those who believe that salvation is not freedom from sin, but freedom to sin. How strange! God saves you to stay in the same sinful bondage you are already in? How silly!!
SALVATION DOES NOT FREE US TO SIN BUT IT FREES US FROM SIN.
We read in verse 13, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."
A family in Tennessee has handed down a significant letter for at least three generations. William Walter Warmath, a Baptist minister, received it from his mother on his twenty-first birthday, which came while he was serving as a staff member at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly in North Carolina. He tells about it in his book Spirit in Conflict. It had first been written to William's father, J. G. Warmath, on this twenty-first birthday, by his father. Since then, William Warmath has passed it along to his own son, Jerry, on his twenty-first birthday. Here is how the torn pages, yellow with age, read:
March 24, 1893
J. G. Warmath, Twenty-one years old today. Free to do as he pleases - to make a first-class gentleman, second or third class as you may. Free to associate with first, second or third class ladies and gentlemen. Free to be an honor to his family and society generally or otherwise. Free to lead an honorable and upright life, a life that will be esteemed by all who may associate with you. Free to choose your own occupation and make a success or otherwise. Free to love any nice pretty first-class young lady and wed her if she is willing. Free to make all the money that you can honorably and save a good living out of it for old age or misfortune. Free to be your own guardian and counsellor - to use all means that may come into your hands as seemeth best to you. But not free to bring reproach upon your Father and Mother's name ... Hoping that life may be an honor to your name and country. We subscribe our names - Your Father and Mother.
We are never free to bring reproach upon the name of God, never!!!
What to do:
✞ You are free - not to sin, but free from sin. Live like it!
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