Stand Fast in the Liberty

“Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV

This is a word I knew I had to study and it has been with me for days. I have looked it up and approached it from many angles – but it is always better to let God lead you.

Through this pandemic – I have heard many talk about the perceived infringements on our civil liberties and the good old fashion American Freedoms. I will not take a stand on this issue. Many of God’s people, throughout history, fell under a government which was or became corrupted – and took civil liberties away from Christians just because they followed Christ. Best example: the first century church (as our scriptures today with initially directed to them, although still apply to us today). 

When I study the politics of that time and see the martyrdom of the apostles and early church leaders, social distancing doesn’t seem that bad. Yes, it is crippling small businesses – yes, its destroying the economy – yes, there are a lot of bad thing happening – I am just saying I haven’t see Governor Cuomo come for the individuals in the church and mount them on a pole, tar them, set them on fire and use them as a street light. I haven’t seen anyone crucified, boiled in oil, or even imprisoned for believing in Christ.  There is still hope for him.  

I am a freedom fighter – fighting for the term “freedom” as defined in the first century church. They needed civil liberties, but they found a freedom which confounded their rulers. Jesus did not come as a political warrior, he did not fight for our governmental freedoms.  He came to give a freedom which is so much more powerful and the government cannot take it away!

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 KJV

Jesus is the truth – Jesus shall make you free – Herein is the power and authority and boldness needed right now in this world!

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 KJV

Free indeed, free indeed!!! Free from sin – from death – from hell and damnation – free to have confidence and boldness – FREEDOM!!
Again, out loud and proclaim it!!! I AM FREE! Free indeed, free indeed!!! Free from sin – from death – from hell and damnation – free to have confidence and boldness – FREEDOM!!

“For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:18-19 NAS

False profits and leaders are selling a form of freedom – which is actually bondage.  They are slaves to their own corruptions. This is a warning to the early church as well as us! Jesus is free and therefore can free us – give us liberty.  But be warned of those enslaved by something, because their freedom will enslave you in whatever they are enslaved to.  

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 NAS
Our suffering of this present time is nothing compared to what the first century church went through, however, I am not saying it isn’t rough for you. I am saying keep your eyes on Jesus – on God and what is to be revealed! If the church survived being put to death by looking up, we can manage through this by looking up!! Focus on God!

19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:19-21 NAS
There is that slavery to corruption again.  We are the creation – we are waiting for Christ’s return! We are on the brink of an awakening!  It is high time to wake up (Romans 13:11)!!!!  Time to come into the freedom of the glory of the children of God!

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:22-27 NAS

Oh children of God – groan! Pray in the Spirit! If you are not yet baptized with the Spirit, then pray for it and it shall come upon you quickly as NOW is the time! Now! Pray fervently! Just pray in the Spirit! Pray in tongues – A LOT. Under your breath as you do dishes, as you walk, as you watch church on line, as you have your mic on mute during zoom meetings, etc. The Bible says pray without ceasing – well, pray in the spirit! Can you not tell, that it is time???

Oh but my money worries and this pandemic worries and this situation and …

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30 NAS
Have peace about your needs!  He has provided and always will. Focus on God. Focus your worship on God, His goodness, His Son, and grace!!! 
Matthew 6:33 – Seek Him first!!! Literally. Its time. Do not worry about the “all things added unto you” part – just seek him!

Do not pray for the harvesters to go out into this harvest (which is ripe and ready)! No, you are called, for such a time as this, to be a harvester!!! Go! Be free! Be Bold! Gather in those who He has called!

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39 NAS

This is freedom – this is liberty! Stand fast, yes, stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free!!!  Put aside your selfishness, your will, your sins – wake up! It is well past time! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

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