by Pastor Tim Burt
When I was a kid, I remember often thinking, “I can’t wait till I’m an adult and I can do what I want.” Isn’t that a prevailing thought we look forward to growing up?
We all learn at some time or another that even though we are an adult, we still have to do things our flesh or mind may not want to do. This is most certainly true for a Christian. A Christian is one because of their revelation of who Jesus Christ is and because they have personally received Him as their Lord and Savior. At that point, this truth slowly becomes revealed and unfolded in a Christians heart: 1 Cor. 6:19-20 (NLT) “…Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
When we can't break free from doing the same wrong behaviors that we want to stop, we are in slavery. Slavery is bondage and the devil puts you in bondage to things. Jesus has made you free. 1 Cor. 7:22 (NLT) says, “And remember, if you were a slave (to sin) when the Lord called you, the Lord has now set you free from the awful power of sin. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.”
We are free from Satan's grip and power. We've now become “a slave of Christ” because we have made Jesus our Lord. As we learn God’s Word, we come to understand that God is good and wants good for us. We learn of His immeasurable love for us. We come to learn His desire for our lives to be filled with His blessing as He directs our path in life. Because we understand that we willingly yield ourselves to the leading of His spirit. We, as a willing slave to Christ, abandon our selfish and lustful ways. We abandon the thinking and attitude “I am an adult and I can do whatever I want.” Instead, in wanting to be transformed by His Holy Spirit, we yield to learn how to live a life of selflessness, a life of love, and a life of serving others while being a light to them. As you yield to what God speaks to your heart through His Word, you make sacrifices and push yourself in a direction His Spirit would lead you in that your flesh and mind would oppose and never do. It’s often like the adult supervision and parenting to a child that makes us do things, only instead it’s the inward leading of God’s Holy Spirit prompting and leading us – IF we will yield to Him.
God’s Word and His Spirit will reveal to us that there is thinking and behaviors that He wants us to change. For example. His word says that we are not allowed to go to bed at night when we are still angry at our spouse. He doesn’t want a second and third day of this anger taking root and leading to bitterness. He wants our temperament under control. And so He says in Eph. 4:26 “Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry.” And then He tells us in Mark 11:26 “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." In other words, forgiveness and working through issues expediently is NOT AN OPTION! And if you are yielded to Him, you will do this!
The good news is, whatever God asks you to do, He equips you to do with His grace and power. You have that power – His help within you. It will produce a freedom that the world does not know! Ask you read God's word and it speaks to your heart, the Holy Spirit will help and empower you to learn to do what He asks you to do until it becomes a normal part of your life. It will transform you and you will walk in the glorious revelation that sin does not have power over you! Because of the Holy Spirit in you, you can master your flesh, your thoughts, your attitudes – any part of your life. You are not a slave. You are free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
On that note, go live your life the way you know God wants you to. You are empowered to do so!
John 8:36 (NIV) "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed"
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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