For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
Since my beautiful wife is visiting family in Chicago on her spring break, I will be posting her blog today as she is traveling. You guys have the pleasure of getting not one but TWO blogs from me, Kyle Bolton, this week. ;) HAHA!
Theres a couple of things in this verse I would like to point out. Number one, we have been called into freedom. Not only did our savior make us free when he took our sin and shame to the cross, but He called us to live in freedom. The english definition of the word called means to command or request to come; to summon. The hebrew word for call is qara (kaw-raw), meaning to proclaim, to speak, or to summon, to name a few. Between the English and the Hebrew there is no difference between the definition of the word. Part of being made free is, in turn, being called to live a free life. We are not called to live within the bondage of our sin. Sure we are all born into a sinful nature, but the blood of Jesus on our lives acts just like the blood of the spotless lamb on the door frames of the children of Israel during their bondage in Egypt. Death passes over us just as it did them. Death cannot touch us. Sin cannot hold us and the enemy has no rightful foothold in our lives. We are overcomers. We have the authority over the enemy. We are victorious. We are free! Through Jesus death on the cross, our debt was paid and we were called into freedom.
The second thing I would like to point out is the stipulation that Paul wrote to the Galatian church. He specifically states for us to not use our freedom for our own sinful nature. You see our freedom is not based on the ability to do whatever we want when we want. Our freedom is our ability to work in the spirit for the edification of the church and to reach the lost because we have been pardoned of our sin. We have the freedom to boldly approach the Father and operate within the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have the freedom to boldly repent of our sins because we have fallen short and receive the forgiveness given freely to us by Jesus. We have this freedom because our actions do not dictate our "worth" for salvation. We did not save ourselves. We fell at the feet of a merciful savior and received our salvation that was paid for on the cross. Our freedom is not our right to do whatever we want under the notion that "God will forgive me for it". That is why Paul told us to use our freedom to serve one another. We are not perfect. I think we all know that. However, that doesn't mean that we are bound by our imperfections. We are to use our freedom to lift one another up, to operate in the gifts of the spirit, to show the world that we are not more perfect than they are.
We are simply being led by the Holy Spirit day-to-day. We all fall short. We all have faults. We are simply cracked pots. What happens, however, when you put a candle in the cracked pot? The light shines through. God is going to be glorified if our hearts are in the right place. We are called to live in freedom not in bondage. We must use the freedom that we have to lead other people to freedom. Whether it's someone living in sin or sister so-and-so that battles depression, we are to love them as Christ loves us and show them the true and unbiased freedom we have in Christ.
For those who may be struggling with living in freedom in our church or reading this blog, I speak life into you. You are an overcomer and you are called into freedom by the one and only living God. I rebuke the attack of the enemy on your life. Satan you have no power. You cannot kill what you didn't create. You have no rightful place in the life of the person reading this blog right now. I cancel your agendas and I cast you back to the pits of Hell where you belong. Holy Spirit I pray that you fall and confirm everything that I just prayed and move mightily in the life of whoever is reading this blog! We agree that when Jesus said it is finished that indeed it is finished. You are FREE and I declare that into your life right now. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!
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