Friday, October 19, 2012

Live Free!

I run in the paths of your commands, for you have set my heart free. Psalms 119:32 (NIV)

You and I were created to be free and that comes when we walk in his commands. When we become Christ followers a unique event transpires—we have been called, chosen if you will, to be free. Yet oddly enough to experience this freedom there must be a renewal of our inner man. “I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in.” Ephesians 3:16 (The Message)

This is how it is supposed to work… It is an adventure, a journey if you will, a walk filled with uncertainty because there are just some things that will take faith and excitement. We know we serve a God that is the real deal and HE has a plan that involves us and Him.

This journey will require many confessions and declarations, and this is a great place to begin: Be reminded the tongue holds the power of life and death and we must start speaking life to live life. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

Remember God formed us in His image and then breathed life in us. God in himself is marked by character, when we lose the character of God in us we lose the life of God in us. But to have character we must first die to ourselves. To become like him is what it really means to live. Jesus did not come to be a warden. He came to be our deliverer. He was so committed to this that he was willing to die on a cross for our freedom.

Wow! That is a truth, and our values will shift. Our opinions will get in the right place. Our attitudes will get in line with God. How we live life becomes so much simpler and become much more powerful. Freedom in the simplest form is seen as the gift of serving out of love. That is exactly the model of Christ. Powerful is the point where freedom begins—where we become like Him. It’s here and only here that freedom exists without boundaries. We are free to love without limit, to forgive, to be merciful, to be generous, to be compassionate and risk the sacrifice to enjoy and live… And when you are free you know it!

Live Free!

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