Tricia Patterson Ministries

Freedom, Rights, and Entitlement

R I G H T S

Every time the 4th rolls around, I start meditating on freedom, slavery, rights, oppression, and all the things in between. I confess, I always feel convicted about the way I take my FREEDOM for granted.

I think about the way so many of us live such entitled lives. We cling to our rights with hearts of entitlement rather than humility. This isn’t a political or patriotic topic about freedom and rights, but I truly believe this heart of entitlement is a spiritual problem.

I’m praying that the Holy Spirit will keep my heart sensitive to the magnitude of my freedom and give me the humility that should overflow from the realization of the rights I possess. May we use our freedom to advance the Gospel and be the voice for those who are oppressed and enslaved.

I love this quote by Peter Marshall:
“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

I pray that I will have the attitude of Christ Jesus, who did not cling to His rights as GOD, but humbled himself to DEATH, even death on the cross.

Spirit, give me a heart like Jesus. One that doesn’t cling to my rights in entitlement, but one who lays my life down for the sake of the Gospel.

If Jesus, the only one truly entitled to any rights could humble himself in this way, I think I should too…❤️❤️❤️


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