34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 5 The slave does not remain in the household forever, but the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!” – John 8:34-36
Our lives are divided into times and seasons. Since our finite minds cannot grasp infinite, eternal things in their fullness, God has divided time into seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and lifetimes. There are good times and bad times, rough patches and smooth sailing, times of need and times of abundance, times of sickness and times of good health. There are valleys of despair and there are mountains of joy. This is true because we live in a sinful world and it will remain true until the Perfect One returns and restores us and all of nature to a perfect state. James tells us that when sin has conceived, it brings forth death. James 1:14, 15 There are more deaths than physical and spiritual that are brought on when we give into temptation and allow sin to rule in our lives. There is financial death when we spend foolishly. There is the death of abundance when we waste. There is the death of relationships when we are unfaithful to God and/or others. But not all death is bad. There is the death of anger and bitterness when we accept God’s forgiveness and forgive others. There is the death of guilt and condemnation when we accept Jesus as our Savior. That death frees us to live again. To really live as we have never lived before! Jesus showed us how to live free. He put everyone in heaven and earth above Himself and His desires and He died to set us free! Because He chose to do this, God has exalted Him above everyone and everything in heaven and on earth. Have we killed our fleshly desires and allowed our spirits to be free? Today would be a good day to deny all of our “self” and allow God to heal every hurt, pain and all the bitterness in our lives so that we can soar like eagles and live free! I know, I know, we can’t.
BUT GOD CAN!
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous