“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“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 NIV)


A new year was right around the corner. It was time to take the quiz to discover what my word for the year would be. This past year my word was Redeemed. I was encouraged to see that word on my desk and know Jesus had purchased me and rescued me from myself. What could I look forward to in the new year?


After a few questions and Bible verse selections, the word Freedom appeared on my computer screen. Hmmm. I didn’t think I needed to be reminded that I am free. But, maybe I do need to remember, with the help of a printed word on my desk.


How will God set me free in the new year?

-      Freedom from what people think -

“And I saw that all labor and all achievement

spring from man’s envy of his neighbor.

This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

(Ecclesiastes 4:4 NIV)

-      Freedom to study God’s word and serve in His kingdom -

“I will walk about in freedom,

for I have sought out your precepts.”

(Psalm 119:45 NIV)

-      Freedom from fear and doubt -

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind.”

(Isaiah 61:1 as quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:18 NIV)

-      Freedom from poor choices -

“Everything is permissible –

but not everything is beneficial.”

(1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV)


I will stand firm in the freedom and faith God has given me. I hope you will, too! 

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