Liberty MountainApril 9, 2007
Psalm 32:7 “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
II Corinthians 3:17-18 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The freedom that we have in Christ is incomprehensible to this world and those who place their hope in the chariots of Egypt. Freedom from sin and the guilt that we once carried. Freedom from the traditions of men and the herd mentality. Freedom from the fear of death knocking on our door when we least expect it. Real freedom and joy unspeakable that should be standard in the life of every saint, regardless of their physical circumstance. Tonight I learned of a blog site which is done by a lady named Rachel. The following links go to her site; the second one being her incredible testimony.
www.redeemed1.blogspot.com (Living My Faith Out Loud)
Folks who keep themselves outside of the household of faith look at christianity as a bunch of rules and traditions. There’s a commonly held belief that the life of a christian is dull and boring as we run not with them to the same excess of riot. As was the case with each of us prior to coming to Jesus, we simply didn’t understand the power of the blood of Jesus. Power to wash away sins and power to transform us into his image. Power to live a holy life; partaking of the incredible joy and peace; even in the face of the most adverse situations. A peace which defies all earthly wisdom and fills our heart with singing as we meditate on the deep things of God.
The transforming power of the gospel is incredible. As we begin down the narrow road that lead to life, we find that the things which once seemed to bring so much happiness lose their appeal. Things which were once “lived for” now seem empty and lacking in substance. It’s not a psychological trick or a forced putting aside of things; it’s complete deliverance. A good example is one who’se bound by alcohol. The world would have such a one attend AA meetings and spend the rest of their days as a “recovering alcoholic.” Never a deliverance; only a coping mechanism for a problem which has a spiritual root. Whe Jesus delivers a person from something, the very desire is gone. That thing no longer has a hold on them. This doesn’t mean we wont have trials at times, but when temptation comes and we submit ourselves to Christ, he’ll make a way of escape. Two notable verses concerning this:
I Corinthians 10:13 -14 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
James 4:7-8 Submit youselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
When trials or temptations come our way we have someone to turn to. Not a psychaitrist with a masters degree in ten-step programs or a doctor who would place us on a medication with an array of side effects, but the risen Christ Jesus who is with us always and will deliver us from anything that we face. Please read Rachels testimony if time permits. It proclaims the real power of the gospel. Todays church has largely resorted to a social gospel which tickles the ears but doesn’t proclaim the life transforming power of the blood of Jesus. As a result, we have churches who will exchange truth for greater attendance and use “allurements” in order to get folks to stick around.
This is a side note, but it somewhat disturbed me. CNN reported on a church in Florida which used the topic of sex to bring folks in. They had billboards which seemed misleading in order to get atention and they focused primarily on this particular topic. While sex is something that affects us all and is a topic that needs to be adequately addressed, it shouldn’t be the primary message. When it becomes so dominant, the imagination begins to “ponder” things and guess what happens next. Just like teaching sex education in schools gets the young minds to “thinking” about things at an earlier age than they would have under a normal rate of maturity. The church that was featured on CNN; I have no idea as to the content of the heart, but I do know that if this topic is the dominant subject, there will be trouble down the road. If there isn’t already.
I bring this up because it was a tumbling block for me several years ago and led to a lengthy season of rebellion. I found the imagination beginning to wander and ended up marrying a lady who wasn’t saved. Today, we’ve been married for 15 years and while I love my wife dearly, my life is considerably more complicated today than it would have been had I waited on the Lord concerning this issue. I wasn’t planning on entering this topic, but it does play a heavy role in the realm of temptation. I also know the incredible pitfalls associated here and why it’s ever so important to keep our hearts with all diligence. Today I praise God for bringing me out of a backslidden state that prevailed for several years. A state that began when the imagination started to entertain thoughts. (Enough about me!)
I need to wrap this up for now as it’s gone in a direction that I wasn’t really planning. Plus I have to run to kalamazoo. The freedom that we have in Christ Jesus is incredible. To be completely free from the bondage of sin and the bondage of fear. To know the supernatural joy of the Lord that passes all understanding. A joy and peace that continuously grows as we become less like us and more like Christ. If anything in this post is amiss or not presented properly, please let me know as I don’t have time to really go through it effectively.
I wish all a blessed day in christ.