I am free. You are free. We are free, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
What is this freedom that I speak of? It is not my might nor by power, but by my Holy Spirit that we are free, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
~”So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”~Zechariah 4:6, New International Version~
You may also ask me, “What are we free from?” We are free from sin. We are free from the law. We are free from ourselves (which can be dangerous if we do not submit to the will of God that is in Christ Jesus), as a point of reference of God that is found in Christ Jesus.
What must a follower of the LORD do in order to keep the faith? He or she must press on. He or she must press on toward heavenly things and set his or her mind on things above, such as whatever is deemed to be true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable in the eyes of the LORD.
~”I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 3:14, New International Version~
~”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me–everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”~Philippians 4:8-9, New Living Translation~
When a follower of Christ sets his or her mind on heavenly thoughts from the inside, then that is when the externals fall off (such as pride, anger, depression, idols, etc.). In the Way of Jesus Christ, then he or she can testify of what the Holy Spirit did to make a transformation occur, from the inside and out.
~”And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”~Romans 8:38-39, New Living Translation~
You see, dear reader, YOU MUST die to yourself. Yourself is your biggest enemy because YOURSELF can hinder YOU from experiencing the abundant life that is found in and through Christ Jesus. Also, the law is another hindrance because a follower of the LORD cannot limit his or her journey with Jesus Christ to only the laws of the Old Testament of the Bible. He or she must follow the Way, the Truth, and the abundant life that was freely given by our Heavenly Father in the New Testament of the Bible in order to experience the fullness of God that is found in Christ Jesus.
“~For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”~John 3:16, King James Version~
One final thought. Followers of Christ must embrace the Truth that Jesus died for sin. Not just sins (plural), but sin, in a general perspective.
Sin began when the fall began in the Garden of Eden. That is when sin of different kinds enabled the enemy to bring chaos into the world. That is why as followers of the LORD, we are in this world and not of it. This Truth is not by might, nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
So, what is the message of this blog post, you might ask me, dear reader?: You cannot live the abundant life by yourself. Only by God the Father and His Holy Spirit that is found in Christ Jesus in and through you can. 🙂
Let us pray! 🙂 :
Thank You for the abundant life that Your Son, Jesus Christ, freely gave to me and each of these special readers, who are near and dear to You. Show each reader just how valuable they are to You because of the Ultimate Treasure that You gave that is found in Your only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Your Son and the abundant life that You gave in and through Him is the Most Precious Gift that any human being can experience today. Demonstrate to each reader what the abundant life looks like through the life of Jesus Christ and through Your eyes. Show them that this abundant life cannot be lived out by self and that self must die in order for the abundant life to be lived out freely and in the Way that You intended for followers of Christ around the world to live, in the Name of Jesus Christ. May each reader embrace and live out the abundant life that is found in Jesus Christ and walk free from sin, the law, and themselves today. I give You the glory, the honor, and the praise.
In Jesus’ Name,
May God bless and keep Your face shining in His presence today, dear reader! ❤