Recognizing voices and staying free!

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!

As I mentioned in my last post, we are more than conquerors!  We must realize that our old nature is dead.  It’s our responsibility to only take ownership of thoughts that are Christ’s.  No longer do we take ownership of evil thoughts.  How could we as new creations come up with evil thoughts?
The devil and his little stinkers are the ones tempting us.  Once we recognize temptation as an outward activity in the spiritual world, then we can simply dismiss that thought and move on in our freedom.

Everyday I conquer and destroy demons of fear, shame, guilt, self-pity, and the like. Hoorah!

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

TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE
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)
Paul talks some more in the book of Philippians about what we should think about.  What if the entire church thought about heavenly things?  What if we are always thinking from Heaven to Earth, rather the other way around.
What if an entire generation saw life from the perspective of Christ as his body?
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.
It would be great to hear your feedback! Love you all, blessings!
Equipping you to conquer,
Ryan Groth
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