THE ONLY TRUE FREEDOM…


Spiritual Blog - Freedom

John 8:31-36 – “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”  NKJV

 

You can be in chains and not be a slave or be without physical bonds and be enslaved.  Chains do not determine FREEDOM the heart and mind do.  Unfortunately, nothing we do will eradicate human bondage and men will enslave other men against their wills in the natural.  I can only imagine the physical, mental and even spiritual torture that being captive brings.  My heart breaks for anyone who has endured that condition either as a prisoner of war, a human slave against their will, a hostage or anything of the like.

I know two men who though captives were never ENSLAVED in their hearts and minds.  One was a Japanese prisoner during WWII and escaped the other held in Hanoi by the Vietnamese and endured years of horrific inhumane torture and abuse.  Both professed that their faith in God and believe in the Word of God kept them FREE though in chains.  They were and are examples of TRUE FREEDOM.

The only TRUE FREEDOM is through the shed blood Jesus and the Grace of God.  If we receive the forgiveness of sin and are born again we experience TRUE FREEDOM.  A person that is thusly free can be imprisoned, chained and otherwise enslaved physically but they will NEVER be a Slave in their heart or mind because the Son has set them free!

Today, in America, we celebrate our Independence and yet multiplied thousands are still enslaved in some form.  Enslavement of the mind is possibly worse than being enslaved in the flesh for if a person’s mind is captive the attitude and actions will reflect that condition.  Breaking free and living life to the full is virtually impossible because the mind is in chains to wrong thinking, victimization and false premises.  But if we receive the FREEDOM that Jesus came and brought we CANNOT be enslaved.  Remember, if God is for who can be against us or as a friend always says what difference does it make who is against us if God is for us.

God bless you and BE FREE in Jesus. 

THE MENTALITY OF BEING ENSLAVED – – Part 2


John 4:10-14 – “Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”   NASU

Spritual Blog - Freedom

THIRST in that land was far more than most of understand.  The Negev is incredibly hot and dry and requires a constant supply of water.  I am told that troops training in that region require about six gallons per day, per man.  That is how the Old Testament depicts man’s thirst and need for God.

Those who know me know that I frequently will say, “Back to the beginning” as we study scripture for it is often that going back to the beginning we find the foundation which allows us to establish the doctrinal structure.  Back to EDEN for I am convinced that if we do not understand Eden we will not understand the rest of the Bible leaving it disjointed and unconnected.  That is where it all began for man and pictures normal man or man normal.

In the Garden man was ‘completely satisfied’ he did not have an ‘unmet need’.  God satisfied his every need and longing and he experienced ultimate satisfaction in God.  It was a real relationship not a theory.  I contend that God puts some needs and longings that only He can fill.  He completes us and we are thus drawn to Him.  Adam was completely satisfied and fulfilled in God.

I contend that the greatest need of man is to be UNCONDITIONALLY LOVED.  If someone who knows everything there is to know about me and yet LOVES ME that is incredible and satisfying.  Only God can satisfy that longing for only God has pure unconditional love.  If you know that you are unconditionally loved you are the most secure and content person on earth.  God choose to love us.  He does not need us for if He needed us we would complete Him but we cannot but He completes us.

In God’s choosing to love us He actively seeks our Best Good!  He is continually seeking to bring us to complete fulfillment as a human being.  He is seeking to bring out our fullest potential.  That is LOVE!  That is the picture of the Garden.  You have to understand that Adam did not have to work for that or earn it.  He was loved by just being!  He had no comprehension of not being loved for he lived in the environment of love.  God came to Him in the form of GRACE!

Can I suggest that you need something more than just being loved or know you are?  Maybe I should say you need something alongside that.  You need SPECIALNESS.  Man is made to long to know he/she is special, significant and matter.  We all need to have a sense that we are worth something and not worthless.  Adam knew that and out of that relationship came friendship where we find them walking and talking in the garden and out of that came CONFIDENCE.

It requires confidence to get up in the morning and face the new day without being overcome by fear.  Adam was secure, confident, satisfied because he was totally DEPENDENT upon God.  Adam had a mission!  He was commissioned by God to go to the whole world and subdue it.  Sadly, too many today are living Zombies or Slaves to their pursuit of things.  They have adopted the Mentality of Enslavement but Adam was different for his every need was met.  He LIVED rather than EXISTED.

Time and space again constrains me so I pause until the next time.  May God be with you as you go through your day!  BLESSINGS!