The Lord Jesus is a gift to the world. He set us free from sin and death by coming to the earth and laying down His life for us so that we could live with freedom and live with Him for eternity after we leave this earthly life. So what is this freedom that Christ followers have? What is this freedom that Jesus was teaching?
“To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'”(John 8:31-32 NIV)
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”(John 14:6)
Walk in the Spirit
To know this truth that sets people free, you must believe that Jesus is Lord. Jesus was revealing this to the Jews at the time He spoke the scriptures above, that He was not just a prophet but was God (John 8:58). He was the only one that would bring salvation to the people because through Him would come true freedom from sin. The Jews that wanted to kill Jesus did not believe this truth but His disciples did believe. They held to His teaching and shared His message. But before they went out to the world and ministered they were baptized in the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:8), (Acts 2:1-4). This is how the Christian church began. This same message that was spoke to the disciple should be the same message that Christians share today. When one becomes a Christian they should not only just believe and profess their faith by water baptism but should also be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Have you received the power of the Holy Spirit? Jesus’ truth and spiritual gifts comes from His Spirit. How are you supposed to share the gospel message of Jesus if you have not been also baptized in the Spirit (John 14:15-17)? And yes, Christians you are supposed to be sharing the gospel message of Jesus. That is why He came and died for us so that all will come to a saving knowledge of who He is and the freedom he gives from sin and death.
Sow in the Spirit
Are you feeling as though you are still walking in bondage? Do you feel defeated instead of having victory? Yes, life is hard and we sometimes need help from a counselor but don’t forget as a believer we have victory in Christ. Our freedom in this life comes from the hope we have in Jesus and the new life we have received. When we have the power of the Holy Spirit and we follow Jesus and His teachings, our eyes are opened to the sin of this world and we are given the strength to fight against the flesh and to no longer participate in it. If you continue to sow in the flesh and not the Spirit and do the things that do not bring glory to God, then you will find yourself being confused by the devil and his evil schemes. The freedom God gives is through His Spirit. This freedom is not meaning to go and do whatever you want because you are now saved, no it means the Holy Spirit has opened your eyes to do His will. His will brings freedom & joy!
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”(Galatians 5:13)
“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”(Galatians 5:17)