Continuing in Faith and Freedom - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Continuing in Faith and Freedom


November 6



We all have different testimonies. Some of us barely remember a time when we didn’t know God. Others have incredible testimonies of God pursuing us and saving us from a lifestyle that was not honoring to Him. But we all have one thing in common. We were rescued from a life without Him. We know God only because He is gracious and revealed Himself to us. We are known by Him first, then we get to know Him. The more we know Him, the more we become like Him.


Before they knew God, the Gentiles listening to Paul’s messages likely worshipped pagan gods. They were slaves to a pantheon of false Greco-Roman gods who weren’t really gods at all! The Jews listening to Paul’s letter had previously been enslaved by the law. The law was not god either and had no power to save them. False gods and the law are both weak and miserable forces, especially when compared to the awesome power of the Almighty God.


Paul asked his listeners if they really wanted to turn back to the bondage they were in before they knew God. It reminds me of the Israelites who questioned Moses and grumbled against him, wishing to return to slavery in Egypt rather than trust God to help them claim the Promised Land. Would they really rather be enslaved all over again?


Friends, if you are adding anything to the Gospel of grace by faith alone, you are returning to the enslavement of legalism. If you are worshipping things that by nature are not gods, you are turning back to weak and miserable forces that cannot satisfy you and they cannot save you. Money, alcohol, drugs, sex, relationships, jobs, fame, popularity, people-pleasing, legalism...none of these things have the power to save you. But they do have the power to enslave you.


Do you really want to go back and live like you did before you knew God? I know I don’t.


Read Galatians 4:8-11

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years!  I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. 


What were you a slave to before you knew God?


God, to know You is to walk in freedom. Thank You for rescuing me from my former way of life. I do not ever want to return to a time when I didn’t know You. Keep drawing me back to You when I begin to wander.  Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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Thank you for sharing about your husbands walk with God! I am praying for you & your family for strength for each day and for God's loving arms to be around you during this time of remembering!
Janette - thank you for sharing your story! Praying for you!
Lord, thank You for being Lord of all. Thank You for defeating sin at the cross. Thank You for helping Your precious child overcome every temptation they face. You’ve given them every weapon they need to fight and have the victory.
In Jesus’ name it will be so for as long as you live. Thank You Jesus for delivering this one. Thank You for setting them free - totally free!!!
Thank you for sharing this. Many people believe God doesn’t do miracles anymore. But He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So, of course He still does miracles!!!! I’m so thankful God healed you.
Lord God, thank You for this one who has surrendered to You. Thank You that they seek Your face and and seek to grow in their relationship with You. Thank You for building their arsenal of Godly wisdom, Bible verses, and prayer to combat whatever Satan attempts. Thank You that this one will always be victorious over the lies of the enemy because of what You have done.
God, thank you for giving Paul the gift of Your Words that they are written down for all to know, gain knowledge, and gain wisdom from them for all times. God, Your Word is not in vain and not wasted upon me. Thank you for finding me, saving me from myself, and returning me safely to You. God, I confess that I have wanted to return to my youth and re-do the mistakes that I have made. However, after reflecting upon this lesson, the questions Paul raised, and the questions Pastor Nate presented, I have realized that I don't want to go through all those trials, tests, and temptations again that You have helped me overcome. I have realized that I am tired of fighting a battle with myself. I want to live in obedience to do Your Will, God. Please, continue through Christ and the Holy Ghost to shepherd and guide me in the path You want me take. Please, help me to stop wrestling myself and being enslaved by the enemy. Please, help me return to my childhood thinking that all things were possible to You. In Your Almighty Name, God, I pray. Amen.
Now that You have called me and I have received You as my Lord and Saviour, let me not go back to my previous life of sin and disgrace, Lord Jesus.
Timely word Pastor, thank you.
Thank you. That really encouraged me.
This really struch home. As an addict, I was so used to going back to a substance to , in my sick mind, help me to cope. I know, now, that the Joy I received from the Lord brings such peace and happiness to me. But Satan is clever. When I am at my lowest, the battle is fierce. I have given in. I only want to follow Jesus and I don't want my former life. I am learning to trust Him and , when my thinking is bad, to pray and just keep reading the Bible.
Thanks for the message. I have the App now. Have a blessed day.
Once a drunken sailor from the crown of my head to the soul of my feet, now a Christian (Saved by Grace)
Lord Jesus I don't know what I'd do without you, I thank you for you Grace please strengthen me, heal me and help me to be more like you, in Jesus name I pray, Thank you,Amen
I grew up with him but not really knowing him. Terrible and lonely years. I would wonder about God but not till I met my husband in late 30s did I really get to know HIM! Soon after I lost my husband. did I really find JESUS himself. I now can't live without Him and don't know how I made it. Today life is just as hard but I know He is with me every step of the way and it is simpler to know HE HAS ME NO MATTER WHAT COMES AT ME! AND I KNOW THERE IS A BETTER PLACE WAITING! PRAISE GOD HE NEVER LEFT ME ALONE TO SUCH AN EVIL UGLY WORLD TODAY! HIS SON IS ALMOST HERE NOW! AND I JUST CAN'T WSIT...THEN WE WON'T BE IN THIS UGLINESS NO MORE!
Lord, without You, we have no idea what we would do or where we would be. I am grateful for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for saving me from my former self/life. Guide me, strengthen me,heal and protect me, Lord. Bless Your Holy name. I thank You and pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Thankyou for this message.
Tomorrow we have a committal service for my husband of 74 years whom I loved very much. The joy I have in reflecting on his dramatic salvation experience when God called him to Himself years ago comforts me at this time. Sickness and death were not in God's original plan. Yet God loves each and everyone of us and wants us to spend eternity w/Him - Many years ago God pointed out to my husband (a very good man) in a very dramatic way that he had 'head knowledge' but needed to have heart knowledge -he had never prayed the Sinners' prayer and asked Jesus into his heart - and when he sobbingly did - in my arms - his life changed and he devoured Scripture and served God in many capacities in church after that. He was 'My Leo' and no one else could ever take him from me except MY JESUS. I rejoice in knowing that Scripture is true. My Leo is with MY JESUS! PRAISE THE LORD!
This is very much needed for today and evryday.
Excellent devotional
God keeps the world turning in a familiar pattern no matter how chaotic things seem. It is a reminder that God is still on His throne. He is sovereign. Thanks for rescuing us.
Times are difficult after losing everything in a wildfire. But GOD has taken care of me through HIS people our Church and other kind folks out there. When I get down I remember HE is right beside me.
I prayed to hear a personal message from God today, and here it is! Thank you Lord
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend
Truth it sets me free
I was lost and then I was found, blind but now I see. I was saved from sin and death. Praise God! The entertainment industry focuses on pagan paths to try and get people to fall back to false gods and try and get people to see sin as acceptable. I pray we will not degenerate as a society, wake up and be set free. Through Christ our Lord, Amen
When I rededicated my life to the lord, 8 months ago. I had been smoking for almost 35 years, around 1 to 2 packs a day. Thru the mighty delivering power of Jesus, I quit cold turkey and haven't had the desire to smoke since. Thankyou Lord!
Thank you for your message!
The true Savior, with Jesus nothing can stand against us to whom that believes"Amen"
Amen🙏 ! Lord Jesus, thank You for rescuing and saving me from a life enslaved to sin; and brought me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light! Thank You for my freedom.
this morning i was feeling with so much regrets . Then I got this email . Thank you for a great message today . I really needed this , Blessings
Pastor Nat I am proud of how well you break the Word and make it much easier to understand and apply Bless you
Glory to God for your healing
Hallelujah for thought on this Blessed day....know I don't want to go back I pray that God 🙏 helps me to keep going forward AMEN
Amen Jesus healed me and took all the fluid off my brain so I didn’t have to have a permanent shunt put in. It was a miracle and changed my life. Thank you Jesus. 😇
I was addicted to beer ot landed me in the hospital thank God he saw fit to keep me alive haven't had a drink in 4 years
Praying for victory for B n H.
Amen I will walk in my freedom thank you pastor may God bless you and keep you praise God for freedom he's alive yes Jesus is alive
Praying for deliverance from sin.
Thanks for the encouragement and truth.
Praying that I will not go back to my old ways, thank you this word this morning.
Truth...In Jesus name, Amen.
Our pleasures in anything other than Jesus are constant desires that will slave me. Tasting and delighting in the Lord is so wonderful. Prayer, worship and bible study fights off those false gods and opens my eyes and heart to the joy of knowing and loving Jesus. Lord help me to find my joy in you and not be a slave to temporarily sinful things. Amen
Great insight...satan will use regets can trigger shame that pulls us back to addictions....the "why bother to push forward" thinking . ..
You spoke directly to my spiritual need this morning, thanks. Please pray with me not to return to my oldways.