“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” KJV
Let’s not give way to sin which takes us back to slavery. Christ set us free so that we could be free indeed. We can’t take this freedom and neglect it by not watching out for our souls. We need to be aware that our decisions have an impact.
Let’s not do the things that set us back into slavery but let’s think about what we are doing. The consequences that enslave us when we stand in freedom was paid for with a great price. Let’s also have faith which demonstrates itself in love that God will carry us through till we are by his side.
The Bible tells us not to walk by the flesh but to live by the Spirit. Therefore we will not do fleshly things that set us back to bondage. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John Bunyan’s character Pilgrim in the “Pilgrims Progress” could not imagine walking back to pick up his burden that he so freely and so happily had droped off his back at the cross. But yet we do this when we let anger stay with no cause at our brother, when we don’t forgive, when we let bitterness grab a hold. And it is then that we are placed under the law a curse which Christ had already become for us that we may be free. The gospel which is no gospel at all we have taken upon or agreed with when we continually sin. Christ is holy and that means that he is separated from sin. We don’t want to separate ourselves from God by sinning. It just seems to me that God is too good to disappoint him, but when we do we have an advocate Jesus! He will forgive us and our relation can be restored. Praise God!
“5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” KJV
Knowing God is the start to true worship and we can know God by reading his word. If we have a misconception of God it is imperative that we ask God to reveal our misconceptions. Having a close relationship with God will help us to enjoy Christ’s freedom and to live pleasing to him. Remember to pray for others and thank God for this great hope and salvation that we have in Christ.