As I read Galatians 5:1, I sensed the Holy Spirit giving me the title for this post. I began to journal. I first asked Him what entanglements still kept me bound. This is a great question for you to ask Him as well. We may hide emotional pain in our heart and consciously forget it. Yet it remains an entanglement that hinders our steps.
Mark 4:22 says, “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret that it should not come to light.” Here is another great verse. Hebrews 4:13 Amplified says, “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”
Two times Paul wrote something in the book of Galatians that we need to make note of. Galatians 2:18 says, “For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” He wrote about being justified by faith and not going back to the law which was works.
In Galatians 5:1 he warned them about using their new liberty as an opportunity for their flesh. It says, “Stand fast therefore….” What was the ‘therefore’ he referred to? Galatians 4:28-31 was to remind them that they were children of promise and therefore free.
Galatians 5:1 continued about standing, “…in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” He questioned them in verse 7, “…Who hindered you from obeying the truth?”
Every time we disobey the truth of God’s word we sin. Verse 9 says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” This verse reminded me of Ecclesiastes 10:1. It says, “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.”
Galatians 5:13 says, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Two things we need to note. 1~ anything that we do in our flesh is without love. 2 ~ our flesh serves only ourselves.
We are not to let the things that bound us in our past bind us now in our present. Presently we are being bombarded with lies through the media. Do not let the words of man entangle you! You are not a slave. You have been loosed from the entanglements of sin. Stay free though righteous thoughts.
It is easy to use our past to create a hypothesis for the present. We are still living in the age of grace. God’s grace is still sufficient for us as it was for Paul when he asked the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh.
The enemy of our soul seeks to bind us in a brier patch of their thorny words. Remember from Mark 4:18-19 that it is the thorns that choke out God’s word. We are children of promise, therefore let us live out our days standing in His promises that are true because they are eternal!