Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. O’Connor

Nov. 27, 2004

 

Main thought: to examine the joy of Heaven’s Liberty!

 

Living in the Liberty of Christ

 

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Whole Chapter: Galatians 5 In context: Galatians 5:1-2)

 

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (Whole Chapter: John 8 In context: John 8:31-33)

 

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (Whole Chapter: John 8 In context: John 8:35-37)

 

What would you imagine to be ultimate freedom? Would it be the lack of care or concern for our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs? I think so. Just as God is three in One, being the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so we too are three in one. And, when each one of these parts of our makeup is free of care or concern, then we are totally and completely free. Those who meet Christ as their Savior are the ones in this world who are truly free, for we are more than flesh and blood, or people with emotional needs, or even spiritual ones. And, out of these three areas of our lives, the most important one is Spiritual, for out of all three of these; the one that leads to life everlasting is the spiritual relationship we develop with Christ that will be our entrance into Glory. Just as the most important part of us in this life is the physical birth of our bodies, so the most important part of our being in regards to Heaven will be our relationship with Christ. No wonder Christ said it is better to enter into Heaven with only one arm or leg than to enter into hell with both; Mark 9:43-48 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, (Whole Chapter: Mark 9 In context: Mark 9:46-48) It seems that those who are rich in their flesh tend to be poor in their spiritual one, and, vice versa, those who are rich in their spiritual being tend to be poor in their physical one. While this isn’t necessarily always so, it tends to be true the majority of the time. Why, because the way of the flesh wars against the way of the spirit just as it did starting with Adam and Eve who fell for Satan’s lies to “Be like God”.

 

It seems that the freest people on earth are not those seeking to be in control, but those who have yielded their control. That must be why the Lord refers to us like sheep; Psalm 78:52  But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the desert.  (Whole Chapter: Psalm 78 In context: Psalm 78:51-53) and another one being Isaiah 53:6  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 53 In context: Isaiah 53:5-7) Is it any wonder then that the whole world will end up following the anti-Christ who will have everyone take the mark of the beast so that they may buy and sell? Even now, many supermarkets are saying “use our card and save money”. Is there any doubt what is being done with your card? Everything that you purchase with their card is being monitored. Now they have a chip that is placed in certain vehicles that monitor everything you do while driving. It seems that we’ll surrender anything in our lives in the name of security for our flesh without any regards to our eternal welfare. They say that you can boil a frog to death if you heat the water slowly. Even now the world is getting use to others knowing everything there is to know about us. When the time comes for the mark of the beast, people won’t have any problem with it. There will be an incredible freedom by surrendering to this mark, but only for this world and only for a very short time.

 

The freedom that every life should be seeking for is not one that is here and gone, but is FOREVER! We get so entangled with our bodies of clay, our pocket books, and our knowledge, that we miss the most important knowledge of all time and that is knowing Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  (Whole Chapter: 1 Corinthians 1 In context: 1 Corinthians 1:20-22) No one will ever come to know God through their own intellect, through what they see with their eyes, touch with their hands, smell with their nose or taste with their tongue. Heaven will not be occupied with those who have not the Faith of God in His Son. The flesh of man is what has gotten us into trouble in this life and it’s only the spirit of man that trusts in Christ that will be what saves us. The flesh says, “Do as much as you can to Be Like GOD!” the spirit that has been born again says “I can never do enough to be like God, Lord Jesus save me a sinner.”

 

Yes, heaven will have its heroes. But unlike this world’s heroes that may be proud of their gifts, Heaven’s heroes will be those who have learned the joy of surrendering to the One Who Is Life. The greatest in Heaven will be the ones most emptied of themselves.  

 

How do we obtain the freedom that is of God? Through the only way possible, through Faith in His Son! John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (Whole Chapter: John 8 In context: John 8:31-33) AND,

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (Whole Chapter: John 8 In context: John 8:35-37)

Freedom, not of this world that is here and gone, but of God through faith in His Son is the truest freedom there is!

 

Heavenly Father, Thank you that Life is In Your Son. Teach our hearts to spend time listening to His voice that You may ever transform us into His image that we may be truly free. In Jesus Eternal, Glorious Name, Amen.

 

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