In the last few days, truth and liberty have been indwelling my mind. The opposite of freedom is bondage. So if we are not free, we are bound. However, “the truth shall set you free.” Then why are so many Christians still bound? Bound by thoughts, bound by confusion, bound by “others” or so they say anyway. Who is binding them? Their own lusts, thoughts, opinions? To me, it seems logical, if a person is bound, they go to the Lord and ask why. Because some where the “truth” has not set them free. Whether it be neglect or selfish desire or pure conceitedness in not doing the will of the Father. Yet the Father is BLAMELESS, because He has given us ALL things we need for life and godliness. If we remain bound, perhaps it is because we seek something other than this life in Christ. We remain earthly and sensual, rather than seeking the Spirit of life.
Jesus had every temptation, and every evil thing in the world trying to knock Him down, yet He remained sinless and without bondage. So what excuse have we to yet still remain in this bondage, when the answer is before us.
So what must one do in order to be set free?
James says we must “do.” He says that in order to “look into the perfect law of liberty,” we must be doers and not hearers only. (Ja. 1:25) But not only “do” once or twice, we must “continue therein.” Which is important, it goes beyond saying a few prayers once or twice in your life. But this involves endurance until the end. Jesus did more than pray in the beginning, He continued to endure the cross until His earthly life was over.
So we go on…What exactly are we doing? Confessing Jesus is Lord, and going about our daily living?
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1Jn_2:4
A person who has the truth, will keep His commandments. So again I ask, are you being set free? Perhaps it is neglect of the keeping of a certain commandment? Perhaps we are desiring some truth but not ALL the truth. And therefore we keep stumbling at His word. If you are walking a path which has a lot of rocks and sticks on it and as you walk you pick them up and put them in your wheel barrel (your heart), you will not stumble. But if you let these rocks and sticks stay on the path, you will stumble. They will knock you over and cause your wheel barrel to falter! So if you keep walking this same path, but yet keeping stumbling over the same rock, I suggest picking it up! But perhaps it’s too heavy, or just annoying and you are neglecting the use of it to fill your barrel to overflowing.
Today a brother was sharing on 2 Pet. 1, explaining how “faith” was our cart to carry all the other things we need to have. That first we need to give diligence in seeking faith in Christ to walk worthy of Him, and then in hearing we learn obedience which includes, virtue, temperance, knowledge, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. So I ask, do we stumble because we seek to do these things without Him. For with Him IT IS POSSIBLE, with man it is impossible. He is the strength that we need to win the battle. So let us exercise ourselves in godliness in order to win. David said, He has hid God’s word within His heart.