Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. O’Connor
Main thought: to examine the Beauty and meaning of being Free in Christ
Flowing in Freedom
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)
Our Lord blessed Brother Bill Gothard with the revelation that freedom is not the right to do what we want but it’s the power to do what we ought. How very true!
Have you ever marveled at the sight of a mighty rushing river, a tornado, a lightning storm, or any of the many other powerful forces God has put in motion within this world? Each of these forces has great power and yet it’s because of the boundaries that contain them that they have the power that they do. Another example of this truth can be seen through the science of hydraulics. Force a given amount of liquid through a large opening and you’ll get a gentle flow out at the other end. Constrict the same amount of liquid at the same rate through a smaller opening and the resulting output can cut solid material. The same mighty rushing river becomes a meandering stream if the banks are made far enough apart.
Mankind seems to think that freedom is in the lack of boundaries but True freedom, one that brings the bearer joy, peace and life is one where there are boundaries. It seems that the world’s definition of slavery is the presence of boundaries and yet God’s is the absence thereof for it’s in the absence of boundaries that life has no definition and thus we are made slaves to death and destruction. And yet, satan would have us think just the opposite. He would have us accept his yoke of slavery to the lack of discipline and commitment, which leads us only to a meaningless existence.
Learning how to fight the fight of Faith by standing firm when we’re tempted to give into the pride of this life or the lusts thereof make some of the freest people on earth. Even God Himself is Free within the boundaries of Holiness and Love and within those two boundaries He is Free! We’re the ones that try to restrict Who He is by the limited understanding of our minds. We’ll try and define Who He is as He reveals bits and pieces of His nature and then we’ll get all excited about the revelations and make a new religion around it. We hear the revelation revealed in Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Whole Chapter: Luke 10 In context: Luke 10:18-20) and the next thing you know we’re making a church that specializes in handling deadly snakes. Or we’ll hear the truth revealed in Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[ 16:19 Or have been] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[ 16:19 Or have been] loosed in heaven." (Whole Chapter: Matthew 16 In context: Matthew 16:18-20) and the next thing you know there’s a group of Christians going around binding up all the powers of hell or even rebuking satan himself. Then there are those who hear the revelation of Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."(Whole Chapter: Matthew 21 In context: Matthew 21:21-23) and the next thing you know there’s a huge movement of us going around naming and claiming it or blabbing and grabbing it. Then again, we’ll read in Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Whole Chapter: Acts 2 In context: Acts 2:37-39) and then think that we must make some outward signs of repentance and become baptized to ensure a place in heaven but we don’t consider the fact that the thief that hung on a cross next to Christ, never had the opportunity to be baptized and yet is now in Glory with Christ.
We would do well to pay attention to Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'[ 4:4 Deut. 8:3] "(Whole Chapter: Matthew 4 In context: Matthew 4:3-5). Not some of the Words proceeding from His mouth but “every word”. When we get off balance because we’ve stopped listening and started building a new religion around a revelation, then we’re actually limiting the work He wants to do in us. We begin to enslave ourselves within our own limited understanding. It’s no wonder that when our Lord performed miracles of healing He would do it in many different ways. If He hadn’t, we would have made a ritual out of the methods He used while He healed people. We get so hung up on the letter of the Word, we miss the Word entirely.
The teachers who realize how much they don’t know are the ones we need to be listening to. It’s funny, but the closer we get to Him, the more we realize we don’t know and how very unholy we are compared to His Infinite Holiness. The more that our hearts learn how to yield to Him, the freer we actually become. The more we learn how to listen, the more we learn how much we need to listen. Getting near to Him is kind of like getting near to a raging fire that consumes the consumable things and gives light and life to those around it.
So the question is, are we flowing in Freedom with Christ, or are we enslaving ourselves with our own pride or limited understandings? May we ever learn of the fullness that fills the soul when we hunger and thirst for more and more of Him. May we ever grow in His wisdom as we learn how very limited our own understanding is. May He ever teach us how to hunger and thirst for Him each day He gives us the breath of life to breathe so that when all is said and done; 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). It’s through making ourselves slaves of righteousness that we become rich in freedom. The more we learn how to press near to His heart, the more of His heart we will reflect. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Whole Chapter: Matthew 5 In context: Matthew 5:5-7).
Heavenly Father, ever teach us how to ever go deeper in Your Love so that our lives will truly live in the freedom in which You’ve called us to live. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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