Let Freedom Ring
When we celebrate independence day and speak of freedom, it brings to our attention the lives that were shed over the years for this country. We thank the men and women of the armed forces for their dedication and sacrifice that gave us this freedom. We have the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, along with all our other freedoms in the constitution of the United States. But what about our spiritual freedom? No man or woman can give us freedom in the spirit. Only our Heavenly Father can do this by His grace upon us as individuals. There was an awesome price paid for this spiritual freedom. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). Considered by many to be the most important scripture in the bible. Not only do we have a chance at eternal life in the future, but we are free from the ordinances and blood sacrifices of the old testament, free form trying to keep the old laws through repentance, and freedom from all the ties in this world we live in today. However, there are conditions to this spiritual freedom. Lets begin our study in the book of Galatians and take a look at our spiritual freedom and the conditions within.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1). Christ has made us free. (John 8:32). Make sure you stay free and don't get all tied up in the chains of slavery to the Jewish laws and ceremonies. (Acts 15:10-11). Don't get tied up under bondage to any religion, organization, or traditions of men that you cannot bear. Only through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ can you be saved and truly set free.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2). Because we believe and belong to Him, the power of the "Life giving Spirit" (the Holy Spirit), has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (Romans 8:3). The Old Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of the flesh and our sinful nature. So our Heavenly Father sent His only begotten Son in a flesh body just like us sinners have. In that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving His Son as a one time sacrifice for our sins and to defeat death; "which is the devil." (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, 4:1-2).
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:4). The just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, if we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5). Those who are in bondage to the flesh and sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled buy the "Holy Spirit" think about things that please God. (1 Corinthians 2:14).
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6). Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to eternal life and peace of mind in this world. (James 1:14-15, Galatians 6:8).
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7). In other words, the sinful nature has nothing to do with God, it has to do with Satan. "Nothing good can come from evil." If you are deceived by traditions of men and false teachings (led by Satan), nothing good can come from you when it comes to teaching Gods Word.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8). Those who are controlled by the flesh cannot please God and will not be free from the bondage of sin.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9). If you are controlled by the Spirit and the Spirit (Holy Spirit), lives within you then you are pleasing to God and belong to Him. However, those who do not have Christ living in them through the Holy Spirit, do not belong to God.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13). The Lord has rescued us from the darkness (death), of Satan's kingdom, and brought us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ; "Who Is The Light." (Hebrews 2:14), Just as God's children are human beings, Christ came in the flesh like us humans so He could die and break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Isaiah 25:8, Hosea 13:14, 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 2 Timothy 1:10).
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. (1 Peter 2:15). As for those who come against your freedom of teaching the truth; it is the will of God to silence and ignore those who make accusations against you, and those who teach traditions of men.
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (1 Peter 2:16). You are a free servant of God, but don't use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Don't be a scammer and phony, especially when doing God's work.
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