What does Freedom Really Mean?

Galatians 5.1 declares it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Freedom to the Apostle, to God, does imagenot mean the same thing as we use the word freedom to mean.

We use freedom to mean doing anything we want without constraint. This was the freedom our forefathers wanted when they rebelled against God because they didn’t want to submit to His one limitation for their lives.

We continue to want this freedom over our lives; no rules, no constraint, no God.

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Winning the War of Ideas

2 Corinthians 10:5 proclaims we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against imagesthe knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

We are in a war.

This war has been occurring since one man and one woman began living together in the perfect environment of Eden. This war is the war of ideas, the war of truth and lies, the war of trust leading to obedience or doubt leading to self preservation.

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God is Working on Our Behalf

2 Samuel 14.14 observes, like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, He devises ways so that a banished person does not remainimage banished from Him.

What a great description of God.

This description is not found in any other record book about God except the Bible. The Muslims don’t record such a description. The Hindus don’t record such a description. No other book records that God does not desire human death but devises ways to restore people to Him forever.

So why do people die?

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Living Life with the End in Mind

2 Corinthians 5.11 warns since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others.images

The problem is we really don’t fear God. We live our lives silently knowing that we are not always doing what is right while believing God doesn’t really care because He doesn’t give us immediate feedback for our actions.

We deceive ourselves into believing that because God is love He overlooks all wrong.

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Made by God to Serve God

2 Corinthians 3:18 expects we all, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory,image which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We were made by God for God to serve God. It takes a degree of humility on our part to accept this reality. If there is a God, and we are not Him, then we must be the creation and He the Creator.

If we are the creation then we are subject to the will of the Creator. The Bible declares the will of the Creator to be all of His creation glorify Him.

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Being a People of Influence

Ezekiel 14.14 declares even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save onlyimage themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.

The end is near God told Ezekiel. He was about to destroy Jerusalem through the army of the Babylonians because His people had for so long refused to obey His commands. God’s disgust was so high that He declared even if three great saints were present and alive in that city, only they would be spared but not the city itself.

Sometimes God spares whole communities based upon the righteous deeds of one. Sometimes He doesn’t.

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Religion Doesn’t Work

Ezekiel 11.19 promises I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove imagefrom them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

The purpose of religion is to make people better so that they can appease God and get along with one another better. It doesn’t work.

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How Prayer Really Works

Psalm 66.20 describes God, Who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me!image

All Christians should go see the movie War Room. It is both a challenge and encouragement in the areas of prayer, marriage, parenting and priority.

The question gets asked in the movie about the priority of prayer in a professing Christian’s life. The character admits to not spending much time in that discipline. Most of us would probably echo that sentiment.

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