Friday, July 1, 2016

FREEDOM IN CHRIST

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”  (John 8:31-32 ESV)

Saul of Tarsus thought he was in God's will when in fact, he was in bondage to his strict religious observance of the law.  When God interrupted his life, Paul was transported from religion to relationship.  He became a new creation in Christ.  Paul learned to breathe the air of freedom by living in God's will.  Jesus said, "If the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free" (John 8:36, NLV).

Henrietta Mears, a beloved Bible teacher, taught the secret to true freedom.  She explained, "A bird is free in the air.  Place a bird in the water and he has lost his liberty.  A fish is free in the water, but leave him on the sand and he perishes.  He is out of his realm.  So, the Christian is free when he does the will of God and is obedient to God's command.  This is as natural a realm for God's child as the water is for the fish, or the air for the bird."

-- Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in Pathway to God's Treasure: Ephesians


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