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Using Our Freedom

July 4, 2017

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Using Our Freedom

What would happen  if we gave freedom  to all criminals?     None of us would be safe  on the streets  or even  in our homes.     It is absolutely necessary  to restrict the freedom  of those  who cannot control themselves  in their desire  to kill,  rape,  pillage,  or extort.

We realize  it’s important  to control criminal activities,  but do we think much  about controlling our own selves?

As Christians,  it is absolutely necessary  for us  to control our sinful natures.     We will always  have a sinful nature  while living  on this earth,  but we’ve been given freedom  in Christ.     What does that mean?

Because Christ died  for our sins  and paid the full penalty  for us,  we are now free  from the curse  of the law,  which includes things like  —  the fear  of eternal punishment  —  worry about whether or not  we’ve kept the law perfectly  —  guilt over our past sins  —  and the knowledge  that all sins  really do deserve  eternal damnation  because everything  that enters heaven  must be absolutely holy  and perfect  in all ways.

With the freedom Christ gives,  we now have  —  the peace  of knowing Christ has thoroughly washed away all  of our sins  —  a sure forgiveness  from God Almighty  that takes away our fears  —  and a liberty  to live  in the faithful love  of our Lord,  because with God’s real love,  we are enabled to love.

With the freedom Christ gives,  our souls are free.     That’s something  to think about.

But,  this sinful world  keeps pushing it’s philosophies  on us.     So,  we are constantly hearing things like  —  the power  of pride  —  the power  of positive thinking  —  build up  your own self-esteem  —  get what you want  because you are worth it  —  you are important  —  and learn  to be selfish  because you have to think  of yourself,  since no one else does.     All that  is an enslavement  to the ways  of the world.

With the world’s thinking,  a Christian can easily become confused  and fall into pride,  selfishness,  defiance of God’s ways,  and feeling  that God doesn’t really care  what we do  since Jesus forgives all.

All this  cheapens the extent  of God’s love  and sacrifice  for us.     It’s a way  of not caring  about the faithfulness  of our Lord  in suffering for us.     When the Galatian Christians  were slipping  into their old worldly  and legalistic ways,  Paul had this  to say  to them  in Galatians 5:13,

“You were called  to freedom,  brethren;  only do not turn  your freedom  into an opportunity  for the flesh,  but through love  serve one another.”

The freedom we have  is not to be  an opportunity  to lose control  over our sinful natures  and be enslaved again,  like the rest  of this world.     We need  to allow God  to control the extent  of our freedom  by studying His word  and checking up  on ourselves  to see  if we really are living  in the grace  God has given us  in Christ.

It is when we learn  to serve one another  in the  true love  of Christ  that we will experience  the fullness  of our freedom  to build others up  by sharing God’s message  of forgiveness  and eternal life  through faith  in what Jesus has done  for us.     So,  our freedom  in Christ  is not giving us  the right  to do whatever we please,  but it is letting us blossom  in the love of God  and  in wanting to do  what pleases our Lord.

As we enjoy our freedom  from the effects of the Law  and enter the open door  to live  in the love of God,  we say,   “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  is awesomely wondrous.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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