July 7, 2008
The Key to Freedom
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
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. Galatians 5:1

Friend to Friend
North Carolina has birthed some very influential men and women.  Perhaps one of our favorites is Andy Griffith of the Andy Griffith Show.  In Andy’s fictional town of Mayberry lived a town drunk named Otis.  When Otis was arrested for public drunkenness, Andy put him a jail cell until he sobered up.  After a good night’s sleep, Otis would simply stick his hand through the bars of the jail cell door, take the key from a nail hanging on the wall, and let himself out.  It was just that simple.  On a few occasions, Otis stumbled into the court house, locked himself in the cell, and placed the key back on the nail on the wall.

This was always a comical scene, but it reminds me of the jail we lock ourselves in when we remain a prisoner to our past.  God has set us free, but sometimes we lock ourselves up in the prison of shame and guilt. Our key to freedom isn’t hanging from a nail on a jailhouse wall, but hung by nails on a rugged cross.  His name is Jesus.  He came to set the prisoner free…for good.  The key is always in reach and we never have to be locked up in the prison of shame and guilt again.

Let’s Pray
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for setting me free!  Please forgive me when I slink back into the jail cell of shame and guilt.  I know that You paid an incredible price for my freedom and it dishonors You when I do not walk in that freedom.  I love you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Now It’s Your Turn
• Would you say that you are spending more time walking in freedom or sitting in the jail cell of shame?
• Where should you be?
• Read Isaiah 61:1-3 and note all that Jesus came to do in your life.

More from the Girlfriends
Today’s devotion was taken from Sharon new devotional book, Extraordinary Moments with God.  Come with Sharon as she dusts for God’s fingerprints that change ordinary days into extraordinary moments.  As you explore this treasury of stories highlighting “God moments” in the lives of fellow travelers, you too will begin to sense His presence in extraordinary ways.

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