Posted on October 13, 2014 by The True Light!
Think about it for a minute. How do most people in the world interpret the word “freedom?” Isn’t it described by most as the ability to do what they want, when they want, and with whomever they want?
We see that for many, this “freedom” translates into chasing after some very dangerous and risky things. They aren’t looking for the wholesome “good, clean” kind of fun. Sadly, they want to “cut loose,” drinking to excess, and mixing with a raucous crowd.
This may be the definition of freedom to some, but when we consider the consequences of these actions, it really isn’t freedom at all. In fact, choosing to live in this manner actually leads to slavery, binding us up in the chains of the sinful nature!
In (Galatians 5: 13-14), the Apostle Paul speaks of another kind of freedom, one which offers us the reward of a higher value than anything else in or of this world. Hear what he says to the Christians in Galatia, and to all of us as well. Here we read:
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. The entire law (for God’s people) is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
To further clarify this, Paul goes on in (Galatians 5: 19-23a), where he says:
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…”
But in sharp contrast to worldly ideas, the Lord offers us freedom from sin through the blood of Christ. My friends, this message is not difficult to understand. These thoughts are elementary in the Christian “walk,” and are a part of the foundation upon which all believers live.
However, it is good to be reminded of the basics of Christian living from time to time. Even the winner of the World Series in baseball returns to spring training each and every year to work on the fundamentals of the game!
As we turn away from sinful temptations more often, and allow the will of God to rule in our hearts, we should find that we are sinning less often. This improvement is called Christian growth, and it is a lifetime practice.
True freedom is found only in the arms of God! (James 4:8) says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”
Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather