On the 4th of July, America celebrated the freedom of our nation. The Declaration Of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. 13 American colonies celebrated their independence from Great Britain.
The moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we severed our allegiance to the prince of the power of the air. All control was broken through Jesus’ death for us. We entered into our freedom through dependence on the Lord.
John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” This verse followed a very important truth for Jesus’ disciples—that’s us. John 8:31-32 says, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Paul warned his readers about how not to use their freedom. 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.”
We lose our freedom when we critically judge another. Romans 2:1 says, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”
We have many choices in our freedom in Christ. I’m reading through the book of Matthew as I type this. We still have a free will. When we veer off our progressive sanctification path, we will sin against the Lord.
Matthew 7:13 says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” The wide gate holds no restriction for our flesh.
Verse 14 says, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Narrow to me means a tight squeeze, restriction on both sides, tunnel vision, and no way to turn back. It reminds me of being inside an MRI machine.
Romans 14:4 says, “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” Each one of our hearts is open before the Lord. Nothing is hidden. Every thought is known by Him even before we think it.
Therefore we will continue to walk in our freedom when we are attentive to the Holy Spirit. He will ‘check’ us when we are still in the thought stage. At that moment we have a choice. We can submit to His way, or chose to go our own fleshly way. More on this tomorrow.