Monday, January 7, 2013

It's Not Enough To Know We Are Free

What a shame that people give authority to things that no longer have authority in their lives. It's like we hear the words proclaiming our freedom but we don't do anything about it. It's like someone who was enslaved all their lives having their chains removed but remaining in that place of enslavement. They can walk away at any time but they are so familiar with that place that they choose stay in that place.

Too often we are so familiar with what once enslaved us that we are afraid to move out into the unknown. It's not enough to hear the freedom proclaimed over us, we must have the faith to act on it. We must be willing to step away from the familiar and move in God's direction. It is not enough to know we are free, we have to act like we are free.

Listen to how completely free you are:

He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15)

"Having disarmed the powers and authorities" means that they have no power over you who are saved by the blood of Jesus. But our Father wanted to make sure it was absolutely clear for us to see, so he put those disarmed powers and authorities on public display. The Word says he made a public spectacle of them. The world looks at the cross and sees defeat. We look at the cross and see the power and love of God triumphing over all evil in all of creation

This means that no matter what the enemy throws at you it has no power over you. No matter your circumstances, discouragements, needs, it has no power or authority over you. Your emotions once had you enslaved along with your intellect, but their authority has been stripped away and you have moved into a place of freedom from such things. Other people's actions and words use to pull at you like a puppet on a string, but those strings have been cut and you are far above those things.

There is nothing that can separate you from the love of Jesus. There is nothing that can force you to do what you do not want to do. Sin and circumstance have no power over you. You have the freedom to choose. You get to decide what enslaves you; sin our the righteousness of God. You no longer have the excuse, "the devil made me do it" because Satan has no power our authority over you. We only have one King and he loves us so much he died for us.

Freedom has been proclaimed over you but you need to trust the freedom giver enough to walk away from that place of enslavement. He has given you joy and peace. If you are not experiencing these things it means you are still in that place of enslavement. Trust God, step out and allow the love of God to be the only thing that reigns over you.

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