“One who loves is borne on wings; he runs, and is filled with joy; he is free and unrestricted. He gives all to receive all, and he has all in all; for beyond all things he rest in the One highest thing, from Whom streams all that is good. ” Thomas a Kempis
(Had this blog ready to go last night, then woke up with a new direction! 🙂 Pressing on with the new approach!)
Paraphrasing John 8:31, after explaining to those who believed in Him, that if they abide in His Word, hold fast to His teaching and live in accordance with them, then they will truly be His disciples, Jesus made this statement “And you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” John 8: 32
Free – freedom. Americans use these words quite often, and now more than ever. Because of current news events, which are so dramatically impacting our nation, and the world, the issues of freedom have taken center stage.
The Body of Christ faces many challenges as we try to interpret what the church must be, or do with these varies issues concerning freedom. We are being pressed to examine our beliefs. What do we stand for, how do we stand, what is allowed, what is not, are we to be a political activist or a praying pacifist, are we to be vocal, or to be silent? My thoughts about how to react to these challenges are irrelevant, because ultimately we must hear from the Holy Spirit as we live out this life, to receive His direction and wisdom, and then to follow through in obedience, no matter what that may involve. The history of the church is entwined with the lives of martyrs, reformers, prayer warriors, gospel sharers and healers. Only when we know His will, individually and corporately, can we make those difficult decisions, living out our lives, “being” as He calls us to be, “doing” as He instructs us to do, and waiting in His peace for His approaching second coming.
This better way brings me to my point. We the church must first focus on the freedom that is guaranteed to every disciple of the Lord, through Jesus Christ. In recent months, the Holy Spirit has been revealing new insight about this freedom that He gives, that none can take away.
This is a partial list of freedom gifts. There is much more for me to learn. It is the desire of my heart to walk in this freedom everyday of my life, and for the Body of Christ, as a whole, to rest in the assurance that whatever may happen in our nation and our world, His Body, those that are His disciples, will always have this freedom. Remind yourself of what Jesus said in the above quote from John 8: 31 -32, to define His true disciples. Only when we know the Truth….note the capital letter to indicate Jesus, our Truth….can we lay claim to this precious freedom. To be infused and immersed in His Holy Spirit is to experience this freedom.
- Freedom to love…..and the joy of being freed by love
- Freedom to love even when hurt, misunderstood or unappreciated and freedom to love those I would not naturally choose to love
- Freedom to receive forgiveness ….and the freedom to forgive
- Freedom to drink in grace without limit …..and the freedom to release grace to all
- Freedom to speak, accept, expect and live out His truth
- Freedom to receive mercy for myself daily, hourly, each minute….and the freedom to extend mercy without thought as to who deserves it
- Freedom to understand I don’t understand His mercy…it’s not human
- Freedom from judgement from others, and against others
- Freedom to walk in Godly discernment and wisdom, anytime, anyplace
- Freedom to expect to live circumspectly and holy, knowing the Holy Spirit within me is able to accomplish this
- Freedom to expect His ability to help me cope, endure and have victory over disturbance that enter my days
- Freedom to trust He is working to mature and perfect me, and free to be patient as He works this out, in His time and in His way
- Freedom to have confidence in knowing when to speak, how to speak, what to say and when to be quiet
- Freedom to be graced and forgiven when I stumble, fall or fail
- Freedom to meet anyone, anytime, and see them with His eyes and not just my own
- Freedom from fear…period! No matter where it originates!
- Freedom to live in His joy, favor and blessing each day
- Freedom to bless others..in word and deed
- Freedom to know the speed of His answer when I call on Him, and the freedom to wait with confidence when He delays
- Freedom to know all things will eventually work to the good for those that love Him
- Freedom to expect the manifestation of His power to be a norm in my life
- Freedom from worry
- Freedom from want
- Freedom from defeat at the hand of the enemy, sin, self, and the world, albeit it be physical, emotional, financial, mental, or spiritual
- Freedom to relish His heart of redemption..always, eternal and everlasting
- Freedom to anticipate and expect His willingness to bless
- Freedom to gain understanding as the Holy Spirit teaches
- Freedom to expect the aging process of my life to be uplifted by His promises of strength, continued fruit bearing, and spiritual vitality
- Freedom to know Jesus is the Author and Finisher of my faith..and I am freed from trying to make it happen
- Freedom from the burden of failures from my past, and freedom to expect renewal, restoration and redemption from Him always
- Freedom to see His kingdom come, His will be done
This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and I would appreciate hearing from you about your insights in His freedom. If our focus is on what we have, it will benefit what we do not have.
connecting with you, in love