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Mankind believes his greatest achievement is to be free to live however he wants, but divine reality reveals he is actually suffering in the bondage and blindness of deception. Humans have a natural tendency to run away from God because they are afraid if they respond to His call they will become a miserable slave, yet, most do not realize they are already a prisoner to sin.

The ultimate freedom is spiritual liberty in God, and this can only be experienced when a person abandons their carnal nature and allows Christ to become the Lord and Master of their life. Divine truth includes the power of God’s love to set someone free form their lost condition, and this new identity provides the highest form of peace and security; God’s compassion and grace. To those who desire to know the meaning and purpose of life, it will simply come down to believing that God can save us or continue to hold on to the idea that we can somehow save ourselves.

The Almighty Creator of heaven and earth desires to intervene into everyone’s life. Why? Because God loves us! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever will believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It’s called the gospel and is a compact summary of the best news that has ever been told in the history of the world. Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead so that all who believe could be forgiven and live with Him forever and there is nothing better than that! Remember the words to amazing grace? “Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”

Everyone is searching for contentment and happiness in this world but all will eventually discover that life is disappointing without nurturing a personal relationship with God. His plan for a blind and hopelessly lost world was to establish an open line of communication and He did that through Christ. Jesus was crucified, died, and rose from the grave to provide the only sacrifice that could redeem a soul, and without this intervention mankind would have continued down the path of being spiritually doomed forever. In our desperate need, His amazing grace provided a way for us to be found when we did not even realize we were lost.

We are now invited to receive His salvation by faith and today all who sense Him drawing them with His convicting power have the choice to either abandon their will and accept Him or remain established in their own rebellious independence. It’s true, the Lord works in mysterious ways to interrupt our thoughts and plans, but He will never force us to love Him. Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 and 9 declares, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: not of anything we could accomplish lest any person should boast.” This simply means that no one finds God — He finds us.

Billy Holland writes a weekly column for HD Media. For a limited time, check out the new offer for the book, “Convictions and Considerations,” and the narration CD, “Keeper of my Soul,” at billyhollandministries.com.