Freedom Is Not Free

“Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross).” Galatians 3:13 AMP

The Law brought a curse. There it stopped short. That was all it could do. The first thing that Jesus did was undo this result of the Law by deliverance from the curse. John 8:36

This deliverance is represented in the form of a ransom. Christ “bought off” the human race from the penalty of its sins, the price paid to be His death, as it says in I Corinthians 6:20: “You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.”

In the fourth century a champion for God wrote these words:

A Soul Set Free


“Who am I, and what am I?  Is there any evil that is not found in my acts, or if not in my acts, in my words, or if not in my words, in my will?  But you, O Lord, are good and merciful, and your right hand has had regard for the depth of my death, and from the very bottom of my heart it has emptied out an abyss of corruption.  This was the sum of it: not to will what I willed and to will what you willed.
    But throughout these long years where was my free will?  Out of what deep and hidden pit was it called forth in a single moment, wherein to bend my neck to your mild yoke and my shoulders to your light burden, O Christ Jesus, my helper and my redeemer?  How sweet did it suddenly become to me to be free of the sweets of folly: things that I once feared to lose it was now joy to put away.  You cast them forth from me, you the true and highest sweetness, you cast them forth, and in their stead, you entered in, sweeter than every pleasure, but not to flesh and blood, brighter than every light, but deeper within me than any secret retreat, higher than every honor, but not to those who exalt themselves.  Now was my mind free from the gnawing cares of favor-seeking, of striving for gain, of wallowing in the mire, and of scratching lust’s itchy sore.  I spoke like a child to you, my light, my wealth, my salvation, my Lord God.”

THE CONFESSIONS OF 
 SAINT AUGUSTINE
BOOK 9 – A Soul Set Free 
paragraph 2,3

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.”
John F. Kennedy

The cost to participate in this great American experiment, which we call democracy, has always come at a great cost to some of us. We marched for it. Bled for it. Suffered humiliating indignities for it. And even died for it. We served our country in the military, honorably, to keep it secure and free, yet our struggles are not over.

As I witness the political upheavals in our country today it saddens me. I think of the way it must have been for Jesus when he was laser-focused on setting us free at all costs. The bible says: “Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross).” Galatians 3:13 AMP
He paid the price with his own blood.

Jesus paid a high price for our freedom. The brave men and women who fought in Americas’ wars, from the civil war to Afghanistan paid a high price for our freedom. The brave and courageous men and women who marched were beaten and humiliated and died, paid a high price for our freedom. I pray that it all wasn’t in vain.

The burden of renewing our zeal and, summoning the courage and determination, to take this fight up once more has sent the call out to all who love ‘Freedom’ and ‘Justice’. Will you answer the call?
As for me and my house, we vote yes!

Empty Space

The space in your heart where the Lord doesn’t reign and rule is an empty space where stray spirits run in and out at will.

When the writer of the book of Hebrews wrote concerning the office and person of our High Priest he said:

“Concerning this, we have much to say, and it is hard to explain since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen.  For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food.”

Hebrews 5:11,12 AMP

As followers and co-heirs with Christ, we are obligated to allow His influence to have free access to our whole hearts.  Of course, this is something that is not altogether possible instantly.  It’s a progressive, conscious and, deliberate course of action.

Before Jesus was arrested, He warned Peter that he would deny Him three times:

“And Peter said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death!” Jesus said, “I say to you Peter before the rooster crows today, you will [utterly] deny three times that you know Me.”

Luke 22:33,34 AMP

I can just hear some of you saying that this happened before Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Before Jesus sent us another comforter [Holy Spirit].  Well, if that is your argument listen to this:

“Now when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him face to face [about his conduct there], because he stood condemned [by his own actions].  Before certain men came from James, he used to eat [his meals] with the Gentiles; but when the men [from Jerusalem] arrived, he began to withdraw and separate himself [from the Gentile believers], because he was afraid of those from the circumcision.”

Galatians 2:11,12 AMP

Peter obviously still had an empty space he hadn’t allowed the Holy Spirit to fill yet.  He was ‘afraid’ of what the Jews back in Jerusalem would think about him fellowshipping with gentiles.

How do you recognize an ‘empty space?’  An empty space is one that is  unruly, unmanageable, unattended, uninviting, etc.,

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says this: Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away.  Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]”.

When we become new in Christ we stop practicing those things of the old nature that kept us slaves to sin.  We don’t suddenly become perfect, but we do continually strive toward perfection.  When we stop practicing lying, hatred, sexual immorality, anger, and such things, we create empty spaces.  Spaces that they once filled.  We have to quickly allow the Holy Spirit to fill those spaces in our hearts with things that will characterize the new person we have become.  How do we do that?

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Philippian church said this:

“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]”. Philippians 4:8 AMP

That is how you, with the help of the Holy Spirit, fill those empty spaces.