Sunday, April 17, 2016

Freedom In The Name of Jesus

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you: bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
— Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

When you hear about the things that please God, how do you respond?

Many will do one of two things:

Feel too much defeat and respond with a “why bother,” or make a bigger “todo” list of what they need to do to be “good” and “moral.”

God gives us wisdom and asks us to follow in her ways but, He never expects us to be able to carry out His wisdom on our own. In fact, we can’t. We will burn out and exhaust ourselves.

Our human nature is to rebel, to get mad at a wrong, to hate, to argue, to steal, to break promises and be unfaithful. No amount of trying and stuffing is going to get rid of the ugliness that can spur from that nature.

It’s His power that frees us.

His ways and His guidance are never to condemn or make us feel inadequate. They’re to point us to freedom in the name of Jesus.

Without His help, we’ll just exhaust ourselves trying. We’ll just mask what’s on the inside with “being the bigger person” or “doing what we know we should do.”

Choosing to be moral without the power of God, is choosing to be a slave for the rest of your life. You’ll constantly be burned out by your own efforts and fighting battles that are set to repeat.

God gives us His wisdom so that we may live life in abundance, but without His help, we will surely be overwhelmed by the very things we think are doing us the most good.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
— Matthew 11:28 (NASB)

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