November 07, 2018: SOAP #3261:   Job 31, 32; Galatians 5,6 Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Observation:   Freedom is so important to God.   Of course, He, being God, is free to […]

November 07, 2018: SOAP #3261:   Job 31, 32; Galatians 5,6

Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Observation:   Freedom is so important to God.   Of course, He, being God, is free to do whatever pleases Him.   He is free but has limited Himself to a life of holiness and love.   He designed man to be free.   When man used his freedom to commit sin he found that sin becomes a destructive bondage.   God gave us the Ten Commandments and the Law to keep us from the destructive nature of sin.   But that was not God's original plan.   He did not want man living under laws that placed bondage on man.   God set man free from sin to be able to live under the influence of the Holy Spirit.   Some Jews who lived under the Law of Moses, were taking some of the Law's requirements and forcing New Christians to follow the ways of the Law.     God is greatly pleased when our love for Him holds us to live in a way that pleases Him.

It because God loves man to be free that He set us free.   It is because God wants man to be free that He sent His Son to die on the cross to fulfill the demands of the Law that bound us over to die.   He did not set us free to become in bondage to the Law of Moses or any other 'law.'

Application: Free from the demands of the law yet bound by love!   Love for others causes me to joyfully serve others.   Love for God affects everything I do.   I do not use my freedom to destroy another person.   I do not use my freedom to make this Most Wonderful Resident living in my heart to become uncomfortable.  I want Him to feel at home in my life.   I use my freedom to please Him!

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, I am free!   I am free to please you.   I am free to serve others.   I am free to know the great joy that comes from pleasing You! Amen

Pastor Leon
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