there is no advice in this world – even if it comes from a Bible verse or a preacher’s sermon – that can produce God’s work within you. Oh, it might make you appear more spiritually productive, but the working of God doesn’t come from the practical side of the grave … but from the living side that has risen past it. When I tell you that Christ is your life, I’m telling you about the one and only present-tense reality that causes you to live as one who is truly alive in this world. source
Is freedom just another word for nothing left to lose? Freedom is a fantastic word for a fantastic reality, and we have made a mess of its meaning! If you don’t realize from the start that the world’s definition of it has NOTHING to do with reality then you will automatically conform to it. Yikes! Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind! (For some reason that sounds very “scriptural” hahaha!) Jesus had said, “If the Son sets you free, you will really be free!” We say, “What are you talking about? We’re nobody’s slave!” But He said, “Whoever sins is the slave of sin.” And we say, “Whooooah!” Don’t we? Your reaction reveals how deeply you’ve been influenced by dead thinking. First, because He said whoever SINS and you know that just can’t be right, because it says you’ll never be free (Why did Jesus have to say stuff like that, anyway?). But this is GOOD news! But it wouldn’t be good if Jesus hadn’t really freed us from our sins. Or don’t you know that what He did removes you from the indictment of whoever sins? Do you believe in the One that God sent? Well, then don’t you know who He has made you to be? BOTTOM LINE: Freedom is not about your finances or your job or getting your own way or which country you live in or any of your circumstances because you could have freedom in all of these things and yet not be truly free. Sin enslaves, and you really know that, because you are constantly trying to overcome it! But Jesus already overcame it for us. So, what in the heck are you doing, anyhow? Didn’t you know that those who believe in Christ have already overcome sin? That’s why we’re free. Don’t let your objections blindside you from seeing the obvious.
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