The Day of Freedom

Posted on 07/02/2017 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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A REASON TO REJOICE
by Benjamin R. Faust

I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am

I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control

For you have set my feet to dancin'
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost

You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire
and Melt me Lord 'til
only you remain!


LORD YOU'VE BEEN SO GOOD
by Benjamin R. Faust

VERSE ONE
Lord, You've been so good to me
You gave me sight when I was blind
You showed me light I could not see
You brought me truth I could not find

Lord, You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me!

CHORUS
And so I praise You in the morning
and I praise You in the night
For You are my Salvation
You are my Guiding Light
So I give You my everything
I just can't give You less
When You sent Your Son to love me
You gave me Your best!

VERSE TWO
Lord, You've been so good to me
You set my feet on solid ground
You rescued my life from the grave
when no other help could be found
Lord, You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord, You've been so good to me!

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BRIDGE
Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (better than I deserve)
Lord You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me

Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (you're good all the time)
Lord You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord You've been so good to me

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You gave me Your best!
You gave me Your best!

Lord, You've been so good to me.


FAIREST LORD JESUS
lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.


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In two days, here in the U.S., we will be celebrating Independence Day. We remember the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. Of course a few signatures on a piece of paper don't have any power in themselves, but the intention behind them was enough to cause men to sacrifice everything to purchase the freedom of every man, woman, and child on this continent.

Freedom. Freedom from tyrany. Freedom to not give hard-earned dollars to a distant government that did not represent the people.

But what is freedom really? Well, let's talk about it for a few minutes.


In John chapter 8, we read the following words of Jesus:

John 8:31-36 (NKJV)

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'?"
34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Jesus came to give us freedom from the tyrany of sin. And He declared that freedom, like a Declaration of Independence.

But it did not come without a price. That cost began with the shedding of His own blood to pay the debt incurred by our sin.

When we are told that we should leave our lives of sin, many of us see this as a cost that is just too great.

Some of us reject the idea of following Jesus altogether. Others pretend that their own actions aren't really all that bad. And still others claim to follow Him, but some or many of our actions make it plain that we do not REALLY follow Jesus.

If we follow Him only when it suits us or we find it easy to do so, then we do not TRULY follow Him at all.

But the price has already been paid. And God Himself fights on our behalf, meaning we are completely safe and secure. So the only battles WE fight, are the wars we wage with our own selves on the inside.

In the Temple of God, your body, God Himself resides. Not in theory or in principle, but quite literally. The problem arises when we do not dwell in His Holy Temple.

Instead, we dwell in the head. The earthly mind: and I don't mean the mind that has not been "Christianized" -- that's an ongoing process; but RIGHT NOW, not just in the future, RIGHT NOW, freedom dwells in THIS place -- the temple where God dwells, the temple where we are seated with Christ in that heavenly place, that heavenly place that we talk about, we think about, we write doctrines about, but we seldom choose to visit, much less reside.

Worry, fear, dread, resentment, unforgiveness, impatience, complaining, excuses, self-justifications, carnal lusts, blasphemies, and the like, can be FELT in the body, but they EXIST in the head.

So we COULD say, your only real problem, and all your suffering and struggles, are all just in your head.

But where God is, freedom reigns supreme and unchallenged. The price has been paid. The victory has been won. The battle, after all, is not ours, but it is the Lord's.

So if you battle, it is all in your imagination -- imaginations which the Scripture tells us to cast down. Or we could say, let go of.

The mind is not you, nor is it your voice. It is a tool, and you can identify with it and get lost in its activities, or you can return your attention to the Temple of God, dwell in His Presence, and allow His victory and His freedom to disolve the endless imaginations that run through that mind; as we observe it, and as we realize that it is not us; it does what it does, and that's okay.

We are dwelling with Christ, in God's Presence, and as we dwell in that place, HE will transform that mind, little by little.

And so, since HE is the one doing the work, we can rest assured that the job could not possibly be done better. And whatever place on the journey your mind is right now, is absolutely perfect.

Trust in HIM to guide you, to empower you, and to transform the tool of your mind, as you dwell in perfect liberty, in perfect independence from the mind, in the Holy Temple where God Himself is Present in all His glory, as He holds you securely in this day we call "Today," which is always and forever your eternal Independence Day.


You know, we tend to live in the past. On July 4th, many of us will remember the sacrifices of generations past. And that can be a very good thing to do.

But what happens when the mind starts insisting that the present is inferior to the "good old days?" We sometimes long for a time that does not exist -- it is only a memory trace in books and in the head.

And we also tend to live in the future. SOME day, in the "sweet by and by," things will be better. Which is the same as saying that the present moment, which is the only time in which God is giving us to live, is inferior. It's not as good.

"God, what you are giving me right now isn't good enough. What you used to give, or what you will give SOME day, is better."

We're so used to this way in which the mind operates, that we don't seem to think anything of it. We don't see it as complaining. But ultimately, that's exactly what it is.

Your freedom was never in the past. And your freedom will never be in the future. Until you are free in THIS MOMENT -- the only time that actually exists -- you are not free at all.

So today -- right now -- be free. Declare your independence from the tyrany of the control the mind insists on having over you. This very moment, where you are right now, God is there in all His glory.

And in that place where you are, there is total and absolute freedom. And if you're not free, it is because you are dwelling in some other time or some other place.

As 2nd Corinthians 3:17 says, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

And where IS the Spirit of the Lord?

He is in His temple, your body.

And WHEN is the Spirit of the Lord?

He is today. Now. Always in this Present Moment.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (KMV*) says this:

2 For (God) says, "I have heard you in the accepted time, and in the day of salvation have I helped you. Behold, the accepted time is now; behold, the day of salvation is today.

When does God hear you? Now. When does God help you? Now. And when is the day of Salvation? Today.

The day of recognition, the day of help, the day of salvation, the day of freedom -- that day is not in the past, and that day is not in the future. The Day of Freedom is today -- the Day of Independence is NOW.

So trust what God WILL do to Him. And let what happened yesterday dissolve into the memory it is. And Live for Him Today. Dwell with Him Right Now.

And when you find yourself lost once again in the bitter otherwhere and othertime of the human mind, let that be okay. And bring your attention back into the Temple, where You and God are dwelling in this time and this place in perfect Peace, overflowing Joy, and absolute and unbounded Freedom.