2 Corinthians 3:17 Where There Is Freedom

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Everybody loves freedom no matter what part of the world they come from or their position in life. Being able to do what one wants, when he wants, and how he wants is the dream of many people.

People will fight hard to have and keep their freedom. Yet, many are not free, including those who believe they are free. They are bond by someone else, or by a set of rules that hold them back and very often themselves.

As Paul talk about the differences of the old and new covenants, he tells the people that the Lord is the Spirit and that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

The old covenant of the Old Testament, was a list of regulations that if a person did not do them, he was to die. There was no freedom to really live, because no one could keep all of the commands of God on his own, thus was sentenced to die. He was bound up on death row.

Once Jesus had died and rose from the dead, He broke the power of the law over a person. He was able to forgive the sins and allow the person to really live life. The new believer is set free from sin.

Some will take this freedom to live as they want, going back into the sin that they were set free from.

The Spirit of the Lord does not set a person free to live in sin, but to be able to live for God. His freedom is to be used to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love his neighbor also.

You have been set free by the Spirit of the Lord when you chose to follow Jesus. Do not allow this new found freedom to find ways to sin or please self, but use it to find ways to love God and others more and more.

Use your freedom to live for God and please God with your entire life. Use your freedom to spread the great gospel news that every person needs to hear across the entire earth.

God has give you this freedom, do not abuse it or misuse it, but use it to His glory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the Lord’s Spirit inside of you and leading you; that you will use the freedom God gives you to glorify Him; and that you will use His freedom to obey God and serve God.

Romans 8:9 What Spirit Lives In You?

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

While in school or college, a person may have some school spirit in him. He is the person who dresses up and dyes his hair with the school’s colors. He is at every game, cheering the loudest.

This type of spirit can be found in people who are going all out for some thing, no matter what school, business, organization or anything else it is.

In talking about flesh and the spirit, Paul tells the people that they are no longer a part of the realm of the flesh, but of the Spirit. This is only if they belong to Christ.

The spirit of the flesh is anything that is of this world and not of God. It is being focused upon self and what is in it for self as the final result. Focusing on self is always looking at the temporary and is most often sin and against God.

God’s Spirit is always looking at things with eternity in focus. He is always seeking ways to make a person more like Jesus–holy and perfect–ready for eternity. He always wants a person to turn away from selfish sin to holiness and life.

Some in the church claim to be of Christ and have God’s Spirit in them, but they are continuing to purposefully live by the flesh in sin. Rather than live for God, they continue to live in selfish, sinful ways.

The true believer will always be seeking to live more for God, seeking to be more like Jesus. He will live by the Spirit of God in holiness and righteousness.

Only you and God know what spirit you are living by, God’s or the flesh. If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, then allow His Spirit to lead and guide you in how to live.

Living to please self or by the flesh will only bring about death and separation from God for eternity. Make a conscious choice to live by His Spirit, so that you will continue to belong to Christ and will inherit eternal life, rather than death.

Have the Spirit of Christ and live by the Spirit of Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the Spirit of Christ living in you; that you will obey God’s Spirit in your life; that you will truly belong to Christ; and that God will give you strength to deny living by the flesh of this world.

Luke 23:46 Committing All To God

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

People sign contracts that commit themselves to someone else on a regular basis. They are committed to perform something or be dedicated to someone or some organization and will not back down without penalties.

While many will commit, many do not follow through on that commitment. When situations change and things get ugly or extremely difficult, many will renege on their commitment or agreement. Many find loopholes to get out of what they agreed to do.

As Jesus was being crucified on the cross, it came to the point of His dying. Right before He died, He committed His spirit to the Father, then died.

Any person who has become a true believer and follower of Jesus, has committed himself to God. He has agreed to allow God to have complete control over his body and soul, no matter what happens. It is trusting that God will take care of him in every situation, no matter how ugly the situation gets.

Even though many make this commitment, many will not completely follow through to the end with that agreement. Before actual physical death is at the door, many will renege on their commitment and deny Christ. They will take things into their own hands, rather than trusting God in the situation.

The believer is supposed to be trusting God with all of his heart, body and soul. This trust is to be in every situation, both good and bad, knowing that God will always do the right thing at the right time, even if it means physical death.

Those who are fully committing their spirit to God will be able to go to their death for Him.

You are already probably committed to different things, such as a job, a marriage, or certain bills. Just as you are committed to those things or more, ask yourself if you are committed to God.

Even more than being committed to God, are you willing to commit your life to God, no matter what it may cost?

Jesus put all of His life and death into the hands of God, rather than hold onto them Himself. Allow God to have all of you, to do as He is pleased to do, trusting and knowing that He will do what is best.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to serving God with your whole life; that you will trust God with your body and soul; and that you will know that God will only do what is best for you.