Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 18 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day fifteen with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free to lend justly.
Free To Lend Justly
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)
Who do you listen to? Why? How well to you take instruction from others? Would they say your answer is accurate? How aware are you of God’s presence in your life? Do you live like God’s Spirit is a daily partner, an occasional visitor, or an uninvolved stranger in your daily routines? Are you comfortable talking about the presence of God’s Spirit in your life? How does gazing into God’s perfect law set you free to live by the Spirit? Does living by the Spirit mean God’s Word is unimportant? Why not?
Jesus taught that God is spirit and true worshipers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Unfortunately, there are times when people try to dissect God and try to choose either spirit or truth and actually end up with nothing of substance. We are told to test the spirits because not every spirit is from God. It is when we know God through His Word that we can be free to live by the Spirit because we have learned what the Spirit sounds like. As you pray, ask God to help you know Him in both spirit and in truth. Pray that you would live by the Spirit as you examine the nature of God through His Word. Pray that your freedom would exemplify God’s presence.