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The Freedom To BE…….

January 28, 2017

Greetings,

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.  Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”  1 Peter 2: 15-16

God sets free those who seek Him.  All He asks in return is that we would follow Jesus and do good as we are led by The Spirit.  However, God is not a micro-managing, control freak.  He has given us the total freedom to serve Him in a multitude of ways.

God leads us by His love and He enjoys the various ways we choose to serve Him and do good. There is no fear in love and we are free to enjoy the things He leads us to BE and do.  There is no need to hold onto Him with white knuckled fear.  He is gracious and forgiving and gives us a wide variety of ways to serve Him along the way.

However, we should never use our freedom to commit sin or cover up evil.  Jesus has set our feet on solid ground and before us sits a wide open field of opportunities and choices.  Do not be afraid to use your God-given freedom to serve Him in any way you can possibly imagine.  It is like He has given us a grand pallet with a great array of different colors of paint to apply to a totally blank canvas.  He always provides and all we need to do is trust Him while we are in the midst of creating a masterpiece.

Many times He says go and serve ME while you are serving and loving others, but we often times get to choose where and when we will go and bear fruit in various places.  Don’t worry about details, because Jesus will lead and help guide us with His voice.  Wherever we go and whatever we do; He will be there supporting, equipping and watching over us.

Some people are always sitting on the sidelines never getting into the game, because they are afraid to move unless they get a direct Word from The Lord.  Don’t get me wrong I love direct Words.  However, many times God does not give us a perfectly clear order until we have entered the fray.  We are supposed to keep moving forward blessing others and serving Him until we receive further direction.  Jesus has given us complete freedom.  So I suggest that we use this freedom to love and serve the people that God places in our lives.  God has planted His seed in us and we are totally free to bear fruit in any field of our choosing. If you find yourself in a place where you feel restricted or confined instead of free, it may be time to move to another location both internally and externally.  Always remember that Jesus has already set us free.  So don’t be afraid of Him moving you to a place of even greater freedom.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments
  1. Mark vandersteeg permalink

    thanks brother….beautifully spoken

  2. I love this word of encouragement! Thanks Christopher.

  3. James Walton permalink

    Good post Christopher. We are free “in Christ” and with that freedom we can spread the good news to everyone we meet. Jesus is Lord!

  4. daryl permalink

    Very helpful words! I would just add, to those who maybe have been made to “feel” as though they are not “in the game”by others(especially in the organized church for not being an active participant in their activities,services,etc.)…..that if Christ is in your heart,you ARE in the game,and though maybe circumstances of life leave you feeling confined and restricted, He is pleased to use you there.

    • Good point Daryl. In Christ we live and move and have our being, meaning HE will use us wherever we find ourselves.

  5. Janet permalink

    Love it! Thanks. It’s good to be reminded that we don’t have to get direct revelation to go and do whatever is on our hearts.

    • Thank you Janet. WE are sheep and get to freely graze in open pastures. Walls and fences are not Christ’s way.

  6. "BK" permalink

    Excellent, Christopher. Reminds me of the last line in Phil 3:[13] “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
    [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
    [15] Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” This was SO FREEING to me when I realized I could say, “Well, Lord, this is the direction I’m going and I TRUST YOU that if I’m headed off wrong You will show me!” And tonite we had a gospel sing at ‘church’ and Ken & I sang a couple of songs together. Many people told us how much they appreciated our singing and asked why am I not in the choir??? I responded I’m happy to be able to just listen; the choir is not where the Lord wants me. Someone asked me if I felt in need of rescue from the pressure and my response was, “No, I’m comfortable in my skin”….meaning I’m good with just being who and where God wants me. Haven’t always been in this place of rest and I must say it is definitely FREEDOM. Love, “BK”

    • Thank you for sharing that BK. There is freedom in rest and rest in freedom when we are in Christ. No more striving and conflict to measure up to our own or others standards. WE are free indeed in Christ.

  7. Gary Zanow permalink

    Good words, man

  8. Sue heumann permalink

    Love the discussion, we learn so much from one another. Daryl and Chris, thx for those words of encouragement when one FEELS they really aren’t in the game. The feelings are real, but the truth is too!!
    This morning was a real drag with thinking and concerns, but God has already shown me His words to dwell on instead of the sad and downhill way……so thankful for His Spirit guiding IN THE GAME. ALWAYS. He shines through every time!. I’m holding on! BK….scripture was perfect for me, too!❤️😘

  9. Dan permalink

    The sheep can run pretty far and wide, having a great time enjoying their freedom, service, and holiness before they encounter fences.

  10. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    The best thing in life is free .,
    except free to sin

    • Yes Mercy we are free indeed, but we should not use our freedom to indulge the sinful nature. Thanks for sharing sister.

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