If the Spirit of the Lord is in you, where ever you are, there is freedom!
Good morning and happy Saturday everyone!
The other day, a friend, who is a minister, text me that he was out dancing with his wife and friends. He shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons. I was elated for him. Yes, I have no problems with a man and woman of God going out to dance. I know there can be a lot read into that, if you must, by all means, proceed. But there’s a very good lesson for those of us that live in religion.
Throughout the ministry of Christ, he continuously broke the traditions of the “religious.” In fact, if He had not done that, He probably would not have been crucified. After all, it was the religious order that got Him on the cross. But what was the point of going around and doing that? Why did Jesus need to break all the traditions that got Him in trouble to begin with? Was it necessary to do this just to get Himself crucified? Remember, it was His acknowledgement from the beginning. He knew He would die. Could there have been a different way?
Well, yeah, there could have. But His purpose on Earth was more than just being killed and resurrected. He was in ministry for 3 1/2 years. What He needed to do to save man only lasted a few days. There was much that had to be done before he died. Before He sacrificed his life, there were issues to address and corrections that needed to be made. And, there were generations of Christians yet to come that needed instructions.
If I go into the whole thing of why the ministry needed to last 3 1/2 years, this will turn into a thick pamphlet instead of a blog, so let’s stay focused on the one thing. The traditions of man had himself (man) in a prison. Jesus ridiculed and broke these traditions to teach about freedom. People needed freedom. They still do!
Did you know that we need freedom in ourselves and in our spirit more than we do in the flesh? Jesus came to bring freedom to the heart and the soul. To our spirit. As long as our spirit and the Spirit of God co-exist inside of us, we should be able to live in freedom. Regardless of what physical prison we might be in.
I know this is a big subject, but in order to really become effective for Christ, we have to learn to be free. I don’t mean you can sin because you are free. Paul said he could do anything he wanted, but not everything is profitable. It doesn’t help the spirit man. So, be careful when you apply that to your life. Use wisdom. But do not be constrained by the workings and the traditions of men. They will tie you up and you will learn to hate what God has done for you instead of learning to love and cherish it!
I leave you with this one thing: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. If the Spirit of the Lord is in you, where ever you are, there is freedom. Throw off the chains of religion and be free. Everywhere!