So we are free in Christ. In this man Jesus, in whom we have been totally grafted into, we are free from any and every attachment that sin once laid hold. We are either free, or we are not free. We are either in a prison cell, or outside of the cell. Think about it. Thankfully, whether we feel it or not, see it or not, the truth is that we are completely free in Christ once having placed faith in his work.
WE MUST STEWARD THIS FREEDOM
Wonderful is the news that we don’t have to get ourselves free, get ourselves healed, and get ourselves delivered. Christ supernaturally transformed us from the results of the unfixable sin that the law couldn’t fix. Christ did the job, and he did it well!
So the question is, how do we steward this freedom? What responsibility do we have in this thing? Just because we are free from the “power of sin and death“, doesn’t mean we’re incapable of sinning. God says in his word that he makes a way for us to re-present him well even in the midst of evil surroundings.
He gives us GRACE; divine enabling power.
1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
TO GROW IN FREEDOM, WE MUST RECOGNIZE VOICES
There are two voices out there in the world. God’s voice, and the devil’s voice. God is for you, the devil is against you. God is good, the devil is evil. God comforts, the devil condemns. God speaks love, the devil speaks fear.
WE’RE IN A FIGHT, NOT AGAINST OURSELVES BUT AGAINST THE DEVIL
As a new creation in Christ, it’s impossible for our new nature to tempt us. Silly to think, isn’t it? It’s unfortunate, but what most christians see as their own “flesh” dragging them down is actually the stinkin’ devil and his demons tempting you. The reason it can actually work, is because they got us thinking it’s us!
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against (our own) flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Bold added
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
Phil 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.