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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Freedom, Not Slavery"

Date published: 01/30/2012
 
2 Peter 2:19 “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity — for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” (NIV)  
 
The “they” in this verse represents those in the world who entice you into the ways of the world with the pretense that you will experience greater happiness and freedom.  Unfortunately, those who try to entice you in the ways of the world are themselves enslaved in their own emptiness as they grasp for something with meaning.  Every day you are faced with the enticements of this world which require you to make decisions that are either world-centered or God-centered.  These enticements can be very appealing because of the physical body in which you live and the physical world in which you reside.  The decisions you make will determine who masters your life.  Choosing satan and the world will result in slavery, while choosing God and His ways will result in freedom.  Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  Knowing that satan desires to entrap you and that the world’s enticements will enslave you should provide a strong motivation to take up the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).  Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.”  Two important points that will help empower you to make God the master of your life rather than satan and the world are: 1) You are strong in the Lord by dwelling in the Lord.  Your quiet time plays an important role in this.  By starting your day in God’s presence, you will be refreshed and equipped to go through your day.  Continue to engage Jesus’ presence throughout the day.  Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”  2) Put on God’s armor – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, prepare to share the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the Word of God.  Employ God’s armor with whatever you encounter.  You will be amazed at how God starts to utilize His armor in your life during your morning quiet time.  Hear God, call upon Him throughout the day, and take up His armor wherever needed so that you can experience the fullness of Christ as the master of your life.  
 
Ephesians 2:1-7 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. . . But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved . . . in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)


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