FREEDOM = FREE
JUNE 1, 2014
The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway
“Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty where
The word freedom means different things to different people. The dictionary defination is,
If we go back to the beginning of the quest by God’s children for freedom, we find ourselves in the land of Egypt, under the lash of Pharaoh’s overseers, compelled to make bricks for the greedy king’s many monuments to his own greatness and glory. Now, that was something to behold, brought to life in the mega movie epic that Cecil B. DeMille created called
The purpose of this writing today is to glorify the magnificence of our Father in Heaven, who sends us whatever trials and cactus patches we need to mature, while at the same time, He walks with us through every troubling and/or terrifying circumstance in order that we see His power in us and for us.
As a child, I read the Bible through every year. It came to me recently that reading the Bible from cover to cover might be a good idea. I entered into the assignment not as a
Genesis is always a good read, except, of course, for the
Under the Law, women were merely there for childbearing and water carrying. I could tell you the nitty gritty about bodily functions making people unclean, but it’s depressing and also unfair toward women (Yes, I did
I was rejoicing in the liberty that God gives us in Christ compared to what it was under Law, when it occurred to me that Christians really should be required to read Leviticus at least once to better appreciate what God has delivered us from. But then, required reading would whisk us back into Law, so that’s out.
It seems that the human model has built into it the need to be right, to have correct doctrine, politics, and especially in our relationships, the need to help each other to stay in the
Reading the Old Testament shows how ridiculous all of that is. There were no better spurers, preachers, and dare I say, naggers than the prophets of old. They scolded, threatened, called down fire from heaven, raised the dead, healed the sick and confronted kings and queens to show God’s authority. Yet, for all the good it did, they may as well have stayed home and watched T.V.
Maybe this is just my neurotic stuff and no one else suffers from the compulsion to show that I’m right about whatever I believe. If that’s true, then consider this as my confession of personal sin, because I have been known to correct people’s theology. To those people who may have been the recipient of my well meaning but misguided ministrations, I ask for forgiveness. God has helped me to
Recently, an old friend and I had lunch together. We’ve skirted around spiritual issues before, but never explored them. She’s attended many different churches and so has a broader experiential view of the belief systems out there than I do. In the course of the conversation, she
Then she told me that she would live her life the way she is living it (a good moral person) whether she read the Bible or not. She indicated that to her, the book has no authority to tell her what to do. That shocked me a bit.
But it was a good shock, because it made me realize that God has delivered, is delivering, and will continuously deliver me from the need to be right along with it’s evil twin, the compulsion to correct what other’s believe.
That God is able to deliver us is a
We have freedom in Christ, not to sin or ignore the principals we hold dear, but to soar in the heavenlies with our elder brother and our Father. If the Old Testament teaches us anything, it is that obedience, respect, and reverence for God cannot be coerced by threats of punishment, no matter how horrific it is. And by the way, according to Isaiah, all the punishments of God in the Old Testament were for this earth:
As you may recall, Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he
Father we fall on our faces before you in worship and praise that You have delivered us from this present evil age, and all the things in it which distress and worry us. Return our focus to Your glory, Father, that we may be one with You, and know that nothing on this earth, beneath the earth, or above the earth can separate us from Your unconditional love and perfect control of our lives. Remind us when we forget it, that