Free To Serve

1 Peter 2:16 says, “As free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.” Galatians 5:1 says, Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

How do we become entangled again? Paul wrote to Timothy about this very subject. In 2 Timothy 2:3 he told Timothy, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

Verse 4 says, “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life…” We are satan’s target. He seeks ways to entangle us. He sets up ‘gaps’ through his fiery darts. 

Though this is speaking about warfare against Judah, we can apply this to our lives. Isaiah 7:5-7 says, “…Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you, saying, let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves…”

A gap, in our freedom in Christ, is made by a seemingly innocuous suggestion ~ a fiery dart. If we do not block it with truth from God’s word, the gap will widen. Remember that we are bondservants, our will is to do the will of the Father.

When we lose sight of that, our derailment is set in place. Romans 6:13 says, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

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