Hey everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit! I am slowly building my streak of weekly posts and whilst 3 isn't exactly an impressive number, I am proud that my consistency is improving. I just want to quickly encourage anyone who is working with God on any type of ministry whether that be writing, singing, preaching, playing an instrument, drawing or anything else...God is with you, He will provide what you need and our obedience will lead to "well done my good and faithful servant".
So, onto this weeks topic of: Freedom. Last week we spoke about feelings of Guilt and I shared my experiences with the consequences of guilt and some truths and Bible verses that help set me free. In this post I would like to address Freedom in a much broader sense: how 'freedom' and 'Christianity' are not polar opposites as many may suspect.
And the Lord God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." - Genesis 2:16-17
From the creation of humans, free will has existed. God allows us to make our own choices but provides us with the definition of what a right and wrong choice looks like. As we know, the first humans on Earth did not obey God despite being 'commanded' hence proving that God has allowed us to make decisions for ourselves. Now, the first question many of us hear and even wonder ourselves when the topic of God and freedom is brought up is "But why?" This comes from society today and the consequences of people's poor choices that we regularly witness, whether that be on the news, in our own lives or in the lives of those around us. In a nutshell, God gave us free will so that we might choose to live for Him rather than ourselves meaning that we can have a relationship with Him. It's not a relationship of true love if one person is forced into it, it must be a choice.
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up." - 1 Corinthians 10:23
This quote from Paul's letter to the church of Corinth tells us that just because God has given us free will, it does not mean it will be of benefit to us to use it however we want with no regard for our creator. In a time where society is calling for us to be more liberal with our views on topics such as sexual immorality and abortion, we must choose to use our freedom to glorify God with our lives.
Do not be conformed to this world... - Romans 12:2
As always, this post is not meant to shame anybody, I am very guilty of focusing too much on the ways of this world and allowing myself to get sucked into it rather than focusing on God and what He wants me to do. The point I want to hammer home is by surrendering our free will to God and allowing Him to work in us, we can gain true freedom. As I have spoken about on the blog before, if we choose to accept Jesus as our saviour, we can gain freedom from the awful consequence of sin which is eternal death (Romans 6:13). By surrendering to God and choosing to become vessels for the Holy Spirit, the book of Galations says we can expect these fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. What an amazing experience of freedom where no matter what happens - good or bad - we can still experience this fruit and we do not have to accept any negative feeling or emotion .
And the world is passing away (it is not permanent and therefore should not be our focus) along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (with God in Heaven) - 1 John 2:17
Having freedom in this world and making decisions that God wouldn't agree with may feel amazing at the time. We can choose to do whatever we want and we may not even face any immediate negative consequences but we must remember the truth of our eternal perspective. Whatever feeling we get from this worldly freedom cannot be matched to the incredible feeling we will have in Heaven when we are in the everlasting glorious presence of our Lord and creator. The one who loves us more than anyone on this Earth ever could. Continuing in our own will rather than living for Jesus may bring worldly freedom, but will result in eternal entrapment.
If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, you may be thinking giving up your free will to God is actually counter-productive. I recommend reading my 'Living For Jesus' series to understand why Christians want to surrender to God. We believe that when you choose to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, God gives you the gift of His Holy Spirit. This Spirit, living within you, transforms your mind and heart and can help align your desires with God's. Often, after time, the choices we used to make and that went against God no longer seem appealing to us. We desire the eternal freedom I mentioned above rather than the freedom offered by this world.
Thank you for reading! I know that surrendering to God is usually easier said than done but I also know that it is worth it. As our creator (Psalm 139:13) and the definition of love itself (1 John 4:8), God has plans for us better than anything we could ever imagine for ourselves, He sees the bigger picture.
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