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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
This is a problem that arose shortly after the New Testament Church began. Once the message of Grace was promoted, many “Followers Of Jesus” determined to do whatever they chose to do and simply responded to criticism by saying, “I’m no longer under the law, I’m under grace.” But here St. Paul steps in to say, “Wait, you cannot use your liberty in Christ to indulge your flesh.”
St. Paul said to these early Christian believers in Galatia that they had been “Called To Be Free.” With that in mind, Paul then said any desire to do whatever we want and do it in the name of GRACE comes from the world and not from the Lord. Listen to these words of John the Beloved, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:16). So here is this long-standing issue of freedom from sin in Jesus versus doing whatever sin we want to do and calling it freedom in Jesus. That is not GRACE. Grace is not a shortcut to sin; Grace is heaven’s way out of bondage and into God’s marvelous light. The bondage was a result of sin, while Grace has taken us past that bondage and into indescribable freedom. None of us have been called and designated at birth to wallow in sin’s misery. On the contrary, please know this AM that you and I have been “Called To Freedom.”
Thank You this AM that I have been called by YOU to live in FREEDOM! I have no words that are quite adequate to say thank You enough. I can tell You this … I’m still thankful. Amen