Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
We Americans love our Freedom – but then, so do people all over the world. There is in each man the desire to be Free, and that is a divine impulse until it takes the form of being independent from God. When that happens, it is a freedom akin to a railroad train that took its freedom from the track – it is a freedom to experience disaster.
Israel’s first King tried to exercise that kind of freedom and had to be told by the Prophet Samuel, “To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams, for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Sam. 15:22, 23). This freedom from God’s control is what exiled Adam from the Garden in the first place. It is a freedom that has an awful cost and has produced tragic consequences.
What consequences?, every tear that has ever been shed, and every pain that has ever been felt and every sickness that has ever been experienced and every funeral that has ever been held and every war that has ever been fought and every sorrow / every murder / every crime / every lie / every divorce / every abortion / every anguish of the human soul through all the millenniums of human history is traceable to that one single act of independent rebellion against God. The ultimate catastrophe of Armageddon became a certainty the day Adam sinned.
And it is all of that Jesus bore away in His own blood at the cross and today He offers true freedom to all who will come to him. If you long for freedom from habits, freedom from sin and freedom from guilt, call upon Him today.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.