…And Is Free Indeed
There is lawlessness in the air today that gives people the impetus and boldness to live as they please. It tries to negate a life lived in righteousness and godliness by saying it is impossible to do on one hand and declaring erroneously that once one comes to Christ, the person is free from all entanglements of the dark world. This is why so many still struggle with one form of sin or the other despite being born again and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not strange, Judas lived it as well! As children of God, we have been called into a relationship with Jesus Christ: A relationship that swallows up our former way of life on a daily basis and leads us to be like Him in every aspect of our lives. This lifestyle is not automatic as many want to believe but a daily process: A process that exposes every dark, fleshy area of our life by cutting such off with the knife (God’s word). In other words, it’s a process of cut and nip of everything that has a semblance of flesh, so that the real person God created us to be can emerge.
God’s word is a Tutor that trains us daily in the life we have been called to live: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands” (Psalm 119:9-10). It is not just about knowing them, but having an experiential knowledge of them. When the Pharisees (that supposedly knew God’s word) rose up to challenge the divinity of Christ and His teachings, He didn’t argue with them because they do not believe Him and cannot possibly understand what He was talking about; but to those that did: “Then Jesus said to those Jews that believed in Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’” (John 8:31-32). As we walk with the Lord, His revealed word which is TRUTH begins to reveal hidden things to us and as we adjust our way of thinking, attitude and actions we become free from the clutches of ignorance, lie, deceit and darkness. This freedom is a process, a making! Enoch in Genesis 5, like all other of his peers heard about God and unlike them, chose to follow Him. He believed in God and became a disciple. When we believe in Christ, He takes us on a journey that exposes our innermost being to the light of His Word. Our response to this is what makes us free or not.
So many claim to believe in Jesus Christ; but have chosen certain areas of His word to either believe in or not. That is why so many are “in Christ” but are plagued by terrible passions that coerce them into the path of destruction. The reason why so many are still held in bondage to darkness in certain areas of their lives is because they are yet to be set free in those areas. Being born again does not automatically translate to being free of these oppression but one's response to God’s word in those areas: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God is” (Romans 12:2).
Beloved to be free indeed, we must obey God’s word as He reveals them to us and as it affects our lives. We cannot pick and choose which area to obey. For instance, God says we must be holy as He is. This is non-negotiable! Failure to do this will subject one to being a slave to sin and the devil. May the light of God’s word flood our hearts, and may we respond accordingly in order to truly live in freedom as we have been called to. God bless you!