June 12, 2010
He (She) whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
How are we free?
Jesus sets us free from the bondage of sin by: Exposing Sin, Overpowering Sin with God’s Righteousness, Giving us the ability to live righteously.We have the ability through the power of The Holy Spirit, to make right choices.
We are no longer slaves to sin.
Sin destroys. (Ephesians 2:1-5). We sin without thinking. Our first inclination left to ourselves is to do the wrong thing. The things we do often lead to destruction. Self destruction, Relationship destruction, financial destruction, physical destruction, environmental destruction.
We are the sum total of the choices we make.
The way we think defines who we are and shapes what we do.What a person thinks will be demonstrated by how he lives his life. Galatians 5:1 encourages us to stand firm in the freedom we have through Jesus Christ.We are free to be who He has made us to be.
“I have come that you might have life – life in abundance”
Freedom has boundaries.
You may think that you can live your life anyway that you want. The reality is you live once but you have to give an account of that life to the Creator of life. Hebrews 9:27 says “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment”
What Freedom do we have?
Freedom to live within the parameters of the house of salvation. We are blessed when we live in the freedom that salvation brings.
The issue is: We don’t like boundaries (parameters). Adam and Eve were free within the Garden of Eden. They were okay with that freedom until a conversation with the Serpent (Satan) after which they thought the parameters they had been given were unfair (restrictive), so they took of the forbidden fruit and lost the freedom they actually had.
Learn to live within the boundaries of God’s Grace. This means I must be determined to stay away from anything that looks like sin. Do the right thing. Righteousness –the right thing -is set forth by God.
Who are you free to be?
The valuable person God created you to be. In Psalm 139:13-17 the psalmist says, “we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Our value comes from God who made us. So value (treasure) what God had placed in you – gifts, talents, an d abilities.