How can you realize the freedom you have in Christ? I say that you will discover it, more times than not, in the midst of the bondage that still seems to hold you down. You see, the power of the gospel is not found merely in the words of its testimony of Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is found in the reality that has been brought about because of who he is and what he has done. That reality is that Christ is in you. He is there, and his life witnesses from within you … despite all the doubts that you think actually come from within you. source
A few years ago, a very close couple often related what they called “bogey alerts”. What this dear lady referred to was the onslaught of “well intentioned” random confrontations from members of their former religious group. And for a while it seemed no matter where they turned these folks were everywhere. Only one concern emerged from these encounters, Church Attendance. Quickly realizing that these people were not their friends they soon learned to avoid them like the plague. What I’m telling you is that if you have discovered true freedom you have become a threat to those who trust in things that have no real substance. For such things are built upon the illusion of substance. And there is only one true substance: God, the eternal I Am. If you have made it known in some way that your confidence in those former things has failed, you need to be aware of something. For those who trust in the world of illusion will find themselves compelled to protect that which your confidence exposes as being the nothing that it truly is. Now, I would not have you to be paranoid, as that is a trait built upon the same world of illusion, but I do desire that you not be ignorant of this world’s intention toward you. You are being sought after, and those who seek you desire to neutralize the threat you are … for your trust in the only true substance is the one thing that cannot be tolerated. You will be pressed upon to engage in a battle of wits, but don’t go there. For it makes no difference how spiritual your methods and sources seem. Such contests are played by the rules of the world you think you challenge with your quotes and/or higher reasoning. You will also be provoked to stand upon and defend your morality and your accomplishments, but I tell you that it is pure insanity to even try to compare the illusionary stuff of this world with the one who is life. If you suppose you can win a pissing contest with the world you’re going to get wet. It’s their playground. Listen, would you go back to your old elementary school and hangout at the playground during recess because the kids challenged you to a childish contest? If not, why would you do a similar thing with the elementary-minded folks who challenge you during the course of your day? Don’t let anyone make you feel obligated to play the old dead games anymore!
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