Live in Freedom
If we live within God’s parameters, we will live in freedom. Mistakenly we believe that freedom is living without rules. With this definition you may choose to live in freedom while driving down the road disregarding speed limits, traffic lights, and dividing lines. Before arriving at your destination, you will likely be in an accident and injure yourself or someone else, receive a ticket, or be jailed. Living within the boundaries of truth is essential to enjoying freedom.
In Paul’s writing to Timothy he admonished Timothy to point people to the truth, so
“Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.”2 Tim. 2:26 NLT
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
Through our obedience, that special place where divine enablement meets with personal empowerment, we are doing what God says for us to do. Although the spirit of self will fight the Spirit of God, when our minds are filled with His words and with our interaction through prayer, we will access the power of God. “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature” (Gal. 5:13 NLT).
Lord, please let Your Holy Spirit guide my life. I don’t want to be doing what my sinful nature craves. My sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what Your Spirit wants. And Your Spirit gives me desires that are the opposite of what my sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so I am not free to carry out my good intentions. But when Your Spirit directs me, I can live in freedom. I desire the fruit produced by Your Holy Spirit in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Please keep the passions and desires of my sinful nature crucified to Your cross. Because I am living by Your Spirit, let me follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of my life. . . .Gal. 5:16–25
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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