Bible References: Romans 8; Rev. 12:7-12; Rev. 14:13-16; Psalm 23
-o0o-Because of Church ‘mythology’ (for want of a better word) the picture of God with grey hair, a grey beard and a big stick is the picture that many people have in their mind’s eye. However this is not what the Bible says. When Jesus sets you free, you are free indeed! Jesus leads like a shepherd, he does not push. He uses authority, not control.
The only person who can make you a slave to sin is YOU. Satan will tempt you, but you have the choice.
The law is perfect; however we are not. The price of sin is paid in Christ’s body. We can’t live by the law ourselves. We need to live by the Spirit. When you fail, and we all do), don’t beat yourself up, confess your sin and turn back to God. When we are ruled by the Spirit we have life and peace; when we are ruled by self, there is no life and no peace.
Christ lives in you if you belong to God. God does not make us slaves, instead we become his children calling him ‘Abba’- Daddy. The Church is our family – our brothers and sisters in the Lord. This means we need to learn how to be a family – getting along together, loving one another, helping one another. The Spirit is our guide and teacher. If we don’t take notice of what the Spirit says to us and learn from what we are being taught, it will be of no value to us.
We have a future hope, a present help, a clear purpose, no cone condemn us, no one can separate us from the love of God. Life won’t always be easy, but it is the pain and trials that build our character and shape us more like Jesus. In Him we have the victory.
It’s about overcoming – living in the overflow. God wants the best for his children. Let’s live and share with others so they too can experience the best God wants for them. Be ready – the harvest is coming.