God wants you to live in freedom. Let that sink in for a bit.
In fact, the Bible says freedom is your calling. God doesn't want you to live a buttoned-down, constrained life. He wants you to have an abundant life.
If you're not living a full and satisfying life, it's not because God doesn't want you to have it.
God wants to set you free from the pain of your past. Regret and resentment keep you from being all that God wants you to be.
Jesus also frees you from the pressures of the present. The everyday complexities of life can lead to stress and exhaustion, which distract you from hearing God and following His plan for your life.
Finally, pessimism about tomorrow is a trap from which Jesus sets you free. You no longer need to worry about the future because God is in control, and He is good.
So, plug into his power. The same power that God used to raise Jesus Christ from the dead is available to you today. And that lets you live in freedom. The same power that blew the door off Jesus' tomb will blow open the prison doors that hold you back.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church, one of America's largest and most influential churches. He is the author of the New York Times' bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. Pastor Rick started The PEACE Plan to show the local church how God works through ordinary people to address the five global giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease and illiteracy. You can listen to Daily Hope, Pastor Rick's daily 25-minute audio teaching, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at PastorRick.com. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global online community created to encourage pastors.
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