THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 7-5-15

LESSON TITLE: “STAND FAST IN THE LIBERTY!”

WELCOME

WE ARE TRULY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY AS WE TOGETHER BREAK THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE CERTAINLY GLAD THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THIS DAY, TO GIVE THIS TIME TO OUR CREATOR - SO THAT TOGETHER WE MAY WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

AS WE COME TOGETHER THIS DAY, IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER THAT WE WILL EACH PARTICIPATE AND DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE BEFORE GOD. AS A COLLECTIVE OFFERING OF THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, AND WHO ARE WILLING TO SUBMIT THEIR OWN SACRIFICES BEFORE HIS THRONE.

SO, AT THIS TIME, AS WE TURN OUR FULL ATTENTION TO THE REASON WE HAVE COME TOGETHER, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS THE LORD'S DAY. WE THANK YOU FATHER, FOR YOU ARE A GREAT GOD AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFTS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. AND FATHER, WE ARE AWARE THIS DAY THAT WE ARE ONLY THOSE WHO ARE FOUND JUSTIFIED IN YOUR SIGHT THROUGH THE GREAT SACRIFICE AND THE BLOODSHED OF YOUR SON JESUS - AND THEREFORE WE ARE THANKFUL THIS DAY AS WE STAND AS YOUR CHILDREN. AND FATHER, HELP US ALWAYS TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL THAT WE IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH MIGHT BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN ALL THINGS. AND FATHER, WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER PLEASE GIVE US THAT REWARD, THAT PROMISED REWARD OF HEAVEN, THE MANSION THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR US. AND FATHER, HELP US TO LIVE EVERY DAY IN THIS LIFE WORKING TOWARD THAT OPPORTUNITY THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, IT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT WE PUT GOD FIRST AND OBEY HIS WILL. IF WE DO THIS, GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE US ALONE OR LET US DOWN. ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE, BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM AND DO HIS WILL? SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN AND PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING, ITS NAME, “WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN ALL OF OUR LIVES IT SEEMS LIKE WE SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME ON THAT WHICH IS PERISHING. JUST CONSIDER THE AMOUNT OF TIME WE SPEND WORKING AND STRIVING TO GET ALL OF THE THINGS WHICH WE NEED AND PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER WE WANT! HOWEVER, WE MUST NOT LOSE SIGHT WITH THE FACT THAT IF WE BECOME TOO CONSUMED WITH ACQUIRING THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE, WE MIGHT WELL FIND OURSELVES MISSING THE MOST IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY OF ALL. THAT IS THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE END, IF WE ARE FOUND FAITHFUL TO OUR GOD IN OUR STEWARDSHIP OF THIS LIFE!

ONE VERSE WHICH REALLY HELPS US IN OUR THOUGHTS THIS MORNING IS FOUND IN JOHN 6. HERE WE FIND JESUS HAD ACTUALLY BEEN ABLE TO ESCAPE THE MULTITUDES FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT EVENTUALLY THEY FOUND HIM AND ASKED HIM WHERE HE HAD BEEN. IN VERSE 26, WE FIND JESUS REBUKING THE PEOPLE FOR HE KNEW THEIR HEARTS AND AS TO WHY THEY REALLY WERE FOLLOWING HIM OR WANTING TO BE AROUND HIM. THERE WE READ, “JESUS ANSWERED THEM AND SAID, "MOST ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, YOU SEEK ME, NOT BECAUSE YOU SAW THE SIGNS, BUT BECAUSE YOU ATE OF THE LOAVES AND WERE FILLED.” THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE FOLLOWING GOD FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, AND NOTICE THAT THE FIRST AND FOREMOST REASON WAS FOR WHAT THEY COULD GET OR ACQUIRE OF THIS LIFE!

NOW LET’S READ THE NEXT VERSE, 27. HERE WE FIND JESUS HELPING THE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY REALLY SHOULD FOCUS THEIR ATTENTION, AS HE SAID, “DO NOT LABOR FOR THE FOOD WHICH PERISHES, BUT FOR THE FOOD WHICH ENDURES TO EVERLASTING LIFE, WHICH THE SON OF MAN WILL GIVE YOU, BECAUSE GOD THE FATHER HAS SET HIS SEAL ON HIM.” JESUS SAID WE MUST PUT OUR MAIN TIME, EFFORT AND HOPE IN THAT WHICH IS ETERNAL IN NATURE AND NOT IN THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE PERISHING. BUT THE REALITY IS, MANY OF US HAVE THIS TEACHING BACKWARDS, AND WE REALLY GIVE MORE EFFORT AND TIME TO THE WORLD, AS OPPOSED TO PUTTING GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST. SO WHAT WILL YOU PLACE YOUR TRUST IN, WHAT WILL YOU PUT FIRST IN YOUR LIFE? MAY WE ALL MAKE THE GOOD, RIGHT AND PROPER CHOICE AND REALIZE THAT THE ONLY THINGS THAT REALLY MATTERS, IS THAT WHICH IS ETERNAL - GOD AND HIS WILL!

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. OUR TOPIC OF STUDY WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON THE STATEMENT, “STAND FAST IN THE LORD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING IS ENTITLED, “STAND FAST IN THE LIBERTY.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD, AND I WILL BE LEADING OUR THOUGHTS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “WE PRAISE THEE O GOD.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE ALWAYS GLAD YOU CONTINUE WITH US EACH SUNDAY AS WE NOW COME TO OUR PORTION OF THE STUDY OF GOD'S WORD. AND NOTHING CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWING WHAT GOD WOULD HAVE US TO DO AND THERE'S NO SOURCE THAT IS GREATER THAN THE BIBLE TO GO TO, THAT WE MIGHT KNOW WHAT HE WOULD HAVE US TO DO IN WORD AND DEED THAT WE MIGHT DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; COLOSSIANS 3:17. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING TOGETHER AT A SERIES THAT IS TAKEN FROM PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4 WHERE PAUL, AS HE ENCOURAGES THE FAITHFUL BRETHREN, TELLS THEM TO CONTINUE TO STAND FAST IN THE LORD - PHILIPPIANS 4:1. AND AS HE CHALLENGES THESE GOOD CHRISTIANS TO DO WHAT THEY SHOULD AND TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO BE PLEASING TO GOD, THERE NO DOUBT ARE MANY THINGS THAT HE MENTIONS IN THAT TEXT BUT WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO TOGETHER IS TO GO TO DIFFERENT PLACES THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE AND FIND OUT WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD STAND FAST IN. AND WHEN WE SEE WHAT IT IS THAT GOD SAYS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WE SHOULD STAND FIRM OR FAST IN, THEN CERTAINLY WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ASCRIBE THAT THAT IS STANDING FAST IN GOD OR STANDING FAST IN THE LORD.

AND SO THIS MORNING OUR MAIN TEXT WILL BE TAKEN FROM GALATIANS CHAPTER 5 AS PAUL HERE WROTE THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA HE HAD MANY THINGS TO SAY TO ENCOURAGE THEM AND TO HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED THAT THEY HAD TO BE COMMITTED TO THEIR GOD - DESPITE THE FACT THAT NO DOUBT HE SOLVED PROBLEMS WITHIN THESE CONGREGATIONS AND ALSO WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO CORRECT OR REPENT OF THOSE PROBLEMS. IN THE DISCUSSION THOUGH, THERE IN CHAPTER 5, WE FIND SOME GREAT MOTIVATION THAT HE BEGINS TO DISCUSS. AND HE SPEAKS ABOUT THE FACT OF WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN, WHAT THEY HAVE COME FROM, AND WHERE THEY ARE NOW IN CHRIST - AND WHAT HE DEALS WITH IN CONNECTION TO SUCH IS THE IDEA OF LIBERTY. NOTICE THAT WORD AS WE READ VERSE 1 OF GALATIANS CHAPTER 5, “STAND FAST THEREFORE IN THE LIBERTY BY WHICH CHRIST HAS MADE US FREE.” YOU SEE, WE ARE TO STAND FAST - NOT ONLY IN THE LORD, NOT ONLY AS WE SAW IN OUR PREVIOUS WEEK-IN THOSE THINGS THAT ARE ABOUT GOD AND FAITH...THE ACTION OF FAITH...THAT WE ARE TO STAND FIRM OR FAST IN LIBERTY.

THE WORD LIBERTY THERE SIMPLY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE MIGHT BE EASIER TRANSLATED: FREEDOM, BECAUSE FREEDOM IS A WORD THAT WE CERTAINLY COMPREHEND AND WELL UNDERSTAND IN THIS COUNTRY. I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF FREEDOM FOR A MOMENT - CONSIDER HOW BLESSED WE ARE. THE FREEDOMS THAT WE SHARE, I KNOW THAT MOST AMERICANS THINK WE DON'T HAVE FREEDOM AND THAT OUR FREEDOMS ARE GONE AND OUR FREEDOMS ARE GOING. YOU NEED TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD SOME - YOU NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT TYPES OF FREEDOMS THAT MANY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EVEN IN SUPPOSED DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES HAVE TO SPEAK AGAINST THEIR POLITICIANS OR TO SPEAK AGAINST THEIR PRESIDENT. IN FACT, IF YOU'RE THINKING THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS TRUE GO TO ONE OF THOSE COUNTRIES AND YOU BEGIN, WHEN YOU GET OFF THE PLANE AND AFTER YOU'VE ENTERED THE COUNTRY, YOU BEGAN TALKING DOWN THEIR PRESIDENT AND YOU FIND OUT IF THAT DOESN'T GET YOU TO AND INTO SOME TROUBLE. WE ARE A FREE PEOPLE. WE HAVE LAWS BUT WE ARE A FREE PEOPLE - WE HAVE RIGHTS AND ABILITIES TO DO THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD DOES NOT HAVE SUCH RIGHTS TO DO OR SUCH OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE IN. WE'RE BLESSED WHETHER YOU WANT TO ACCEPT IT OR NOT. WE ARE BLESSED BEYOND WHAT THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD IS AND WE DO HAVE SO MANY FREEDOMS.

AND SO WHAT PAUL IS TRYING TO TELL THE PEOPLE IN THAT DAY, A PEOPLE THAT CERTAINLY KNEW WHAT SLAVERY WAS FOR THERE WERE OVER 60 MILLION SLAVES IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE THAT DAY. HE WAS TRYING TO REMIND THEM THAT WELL, YOU MAY HAVE CERTAIN TYPES OF BONDAGE IN LIFE. YOU MIGHT EVEN HAVE THOSE WHO ARE SLAVES YET THEY CAN BE CHRISTIAN, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE THOSE WHO ARE SLAVES TO RELIGIONS OR SLAVES TO JUDAISM. BUT HE SAYS IN CHRIST JESUS EVERYONE IS FREE! IN CHRIST JESUS EVERYONE HAS FREEDOM! NOW WE DON'T NEED TO MISUNDERSTAND FREEDOM. EVEN OUR COUNTRY WE STILL HAVE LAWS DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE FREEDOM SO FREEDOM DOESN'T MEAN THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO LAW OR TO THE EXTENT THAT LAWS ARE EXCLUDED. THAT'S NOT FREEDOM. BUT FREEDOM MEANS THAT WE HAVE FREEDOM WITHIN THE LAWS THAT ARE GIVEN, THAT ARE MADE FOR OUR RIGHTS AND SAFETIES TO BE UPHELD.

AND SO THEREFORE, WHEN WE GO TO THIS TEXT HERE AND WE AGAIN READ, “STAND FAST THEREFORE IN THE LIBERTY,” YOU HAVE WHAT? “LIBERTY,” FREEDOM, “BY WHICH CHRIST HAS MADE US FREE.” WHAT HAS CHRIST MADE YOU FREE FROM? LET'S READ ON THERE IN VERSE 1, “DO NOT BE ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH A YOKE OF BONDAGE.” WHAT'S THAT YOKE OF BONDAGE THAT HE TALKS ABOUT HERE? IT'S NOT ONLY EVIDENT HERE BUT AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THIS TEXT HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT, THAT YOKE OF BONDAGE ACCORDING TO JUDAISM. WHEN JESUS DIED -COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2:14 - HE NAILED THE OLD LAW TO THE CROSS BECAUSE WE ARE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, THE COVENANT SEALED BY JESUS CHRIST. THE COVENANT THAT JEREMIAH SPOKE ABOUT IN PROPHECY IN JEREMIAH 31, AND A COVENANT THAT IS ALSO REAFFIRMED IN SUCH THINGS IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 8 AND 9. THE BLOOD OF JESUS WAS GREATER AND ABLE TO SEAL A BETTER COVENANT THAN THE COVENANT OF THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS - AND THEREFORE, WE ARE UNDER THE LAW OF CHRIST.

AND SO HE SAYS DON'T BE ENTANGLED AGAIN IN THAT YOKE OF BONDAGE AND THEN VERSE 2 ACTUALLY CLARIFIES CIRCUMCISION. WAS CIRCUMCISION REQUIRED UNDER THE OLD LAW? YES. DON'T BE BOUND BY THAT. AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING? WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE CHURCH OF GALATIA'S? WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN MANY PLACES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD? JEWS WHO WERE CHRISTIANS, AND INVOLVED MAYBE IN MANY CONGREGATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WERE TRYING TO IMPOSE JEWISH LAWS AND TRADITIONS UPON GENTILES AND THOSE IN THE CHURCH. AND PAUL IS TRYING TO TELL THEM THAT CIRCUMCISION IS NOT NECESSARILY OF CHRIST, AT LEAST THE FLESHLY CIRCUMCISION. VERSE 2 SAYS, “INDEED I, PAUL, SAY TO YOU THAT IF YOU BECOME CIRCUMCISED, CHRIST WILL PROFIT YOU NOTHING.” IF YOU GET CIRCUMCISED IN THE FLESH, WHAT GOOD IS IT? WHAT IS IT GOING TO ACCOMPLISH? THE ANSWER IS NOTHING, BECAUSE IN CHRIST THERE'S SOMETHING THAT IS FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT THAT NEEDS TO BE CIRCUMCISED - THE HEART. UNTO WHAT? VERSE 6 SAYS, FAITH, “FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE.” YOU SEE, HE WANTED THE HEART AND SOUL OF MAN. THE ESSENCE OF MAN. THE COMPLETE MAN, NOT JUST AS UNDER THE OLD LAW THE ATTITUDE - WE'LL GOD, I DID THE THOU SHALT'S AND I DIDN'T DO THE THOU SHALT NOT'S, SO YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME SALVATION. GOD WANTS THE HEART, THE SOUL, THE MIND ,THE STRENGTH, THE ALL OF MAN. THAT'S TRUE LOVE ACCORDING TO THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT.

BUT I WANT YOU TO ALSO NOTICE WITH ME WHAT HE'S TELLING THEM THAT SHOWS US THIS YOKE OF BONDAGE IS THE OLD LAW, IN VERSE 3. THERE HE SAYS, “AND I TESTIFY AGAIN TO EVERY MAN WHO BECOMES CIRCUMCISED THAT HE IS A DEBTOR TO KEEP THE WHOLE LAW.” WHAT IS CIRCUMCISION, WHAT LAW IS CIRCUMCISION FROM? THE OLD LAW. THE OLD TESTAMENT, THAT WHICH NOT ONLY ABRAHAM DID THAT WAS SEALED IN THE MOSAIC LAW. AND HE SAYS IF YOU'RE GOING TO FOLLOW CIRCUMCISION AS A PART OF WHAT CHRIST REQUIRES, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL OF THAT OLD LAW. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THE JEWS DIDN'T WANT THAT. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO FOLLOW ALL THOSE SACRIFICIAL LAWS AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO FOLLOW ALL OF THAT OLD LAW OF BONDAGE. THEY JUST WANTED TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT WAS BEST FOR THEM SO THAT THEY MIGHT ELEVATE THEMSELVES AS BEING OF WHAT? A GREATER PEOPLE IN THE EYES OF GOD. AND WHAT PAUL IS TRYING TO TELL THEM - IN CHRIST CIRCUMCISION DOESN'T AVAIL OR MAKE YOU BETTER THAN OTHERS IN CHRIST. THAT YOKE OF BONDAGE WILL ACTUALLY KEEP YOU FROM CHRIST BECAUSE IN CHRIST YOU HAVE FREEDOM FROM THOSE OLD REQUIREMENTS, THOSE OLD THINGS THAT WERE DONE BY YOUR FATHERS. AND YOU NEED TO STRIVE TO WHAT? BE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH NOT THE LAW. YOU SEE, THAT'S THEIR PROBLEM. VERSE 4 SAID THEY WERE AGAIN BEING ESTRANGED FROM CHRIST BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO JUSTIFY THEMSELVES IN THE LAW, SUCH AS IN CIRCUMCISION. HE SAYS THESE THINGS OUGHT NOT TO BE SO. IF YOU DO SUCH, YOU'RE FALLING FROM THE VERY GRACE THAT IS OFFERED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, THERE THAT WHICH IS FOUND IN THE LIBERTY OF CHRIST BECAUSE YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW A DEAD LAW THAT CHRIST REPLACED WHEN HE SEALED THE COVENANT AS THE TESTATOR OF THE NEW LAW, THAT LAW WHICH IS FROM JESUS HIMSELF.

NOW AS WE THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS A FREEDOM, I ALSO WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND WITH ME THAT THE LIBERTY OF CHRIST AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SUCH LIBERTIES IN CHRIST SHOW US THAT WE ALSO, THEREFORE, NEED TO BE PERSUADED - THAT AS WE SERVE OUR GOD THAT WE LOVE HIM ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. YOU KNOW WHAT WAS ALSO HAPPENING IT SEEMS HERE ACCORDING TO THE LIBERTIES IS THAT MAYBE PEOPLE WERE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ONE ANOTHER. THEY WERE CLAIMING TO LOVE GOD AND THEY WERE CLAIMING TO SHOW THAT THEY CARED ABOUT GOD AND THAT THEY LOVED THE LAW OF CHRIST AND THEY HAD EVEN BEEN BAPTIZED ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF CHRIST AFTER HAVING CONFESSED AND REPENTED. BUT YET THEY WERE ENTANGLING THEMSELVES IN THE OLD THINGS AND IMPOSING THEM ON NEW CHRISTIANS - AND THUS WERE TOLD YOU'RE FALLING FROM GRACE. YOU'RE ENTANGLING YOURSELF IN THINGS THAT ARE NOT OF CHRIST. IN CHRIST THERE IS FREEDOM!

AND SO AS WE LOOK AT THE NEXT SECTION THERE OF GALATIANS CHAPTER 5, THAT'S WHAT WE BEGAN TO BEHOLD TOGETHER THE IDEA WHERE PAUL TRIES TO PERSUADE THEM, THAT AS IT SAYS IN VERSE 7, THAT THEY NEED TO RUN WELL AND OBEY THE TRUTH. NOT THE TRUTH OF MOSES. THE TRUTH OF CHRIST! THAT THEY NEEDED TO WHAT? VERSE 6 AS WE LOOKED AT, WORK THEIR FAITH IN LOVE. SHOW LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER, BUT YET STILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE A CONGREGATION OR THE PEOPLE OF GOD TOGETHER AND SOME BEGAN TO PREACH, OR TEACH, OR DO WHAT'S WRONG. WHAT OFTEN HAPPENS? SO MANY ARE READY TO JUMP ON THAT BUS AREN'T THEY? BUT WHAT IS HE WARNED HERE ABOUT? WELL, A FAMILIAR VERSE THERE IN VERSE 9, “A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP.” WATCH OUT BECAUSE A LITTLE FALSE STUFF, A LITTLE BONDAGE TO THE OLD LAW IS SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SPREAD AND CAUSE OTHERS TO SIN AS WELLWHEN YOU HAVE AGAIN FREEDOM FROM JESUS. SO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE ONLY THINGS THAT ARE BINDING ARE THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OF JESUS, THOSE THINGS SEALED - VERSE 11 - BY THE CROSS OF JESUS ITSELF. AND THEN SHOW THAT LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.

NOW THEREFORE, AFTER ALL OF THESE THINGS, WHAT GREATER THING COULD HE HAVE GONE INTO THAN THE IDEA OF WALKING IN THE SPIRIT? WALKING IN THE VERY SPIRIT OF GOD AND DOING THOSE THINGS THAT ARE ACCORDING TO A CHRISTIAN WALK. YOU SEE, STEP BACK A MINUTE AGAIN AND THINK HE WAS JUST TELLING THEM THE WAY YOU'RE ACTING IS WRONG. THE THINGS YOU'RE DOING IS WRONG. THE WAY YOU'RE IMPOSING THINGS THAT ARE OF THE OLD LAW IS WRONG. YOU'RE NOT LOVING YOUR BRETHREN. YOU'RE NOT GIVING THEM THAT FREEDOM IN CHRIST. YOU'RE NOT ONLY YOURSELVES, DEPRIVING YOURSELF OF THAT FREEDOM, YOU'RE DEPRIVING OTHERS OF THAT FREEDOM AND THEREFORE, IN THE NAME OF CHRIST AND IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM, LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS LAW AND WALK IN THE SPIRIT, NOT MOSES. WALK IN THE THINGS OF GOD, NOT THE FLESH.

I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THAT WITH ME AS WE CONTINUE IN VERSE 16. HE SAYS, “WALK IN THE SPIRIT, AND YOU SHALL NOT FULFILL THE LUST OF THE FLESH. FOR THE FLESH LUSTS AGAINST THE SPIRIT, AND THE SPIRIT AGAINST THE FLESH; AND THESE ARE CONTRARY TO ONE ANOTHER.” BUT NOW LOOK AT VERSE 18, “BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.” YOU SEE THERE THE SPIRIT OF JESUS, THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, LOVING AS GOD LOVES, AND FREEDOM IN JESUS TO DO THOSE THINGS ACCORDING TO CHRIST AND NOT WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN PAST TIMES AS WAS TRUE UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES.

SO I MIGHT ASK YOU THIS MORNING - ARE YOU LIVING ACCORDING TO THE FREEDOM THAT IS FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST? ARE YOU STRIVING TO HAVE A FREEDOM THAT GIVES GLORY AND HONOR TO GOD, AND ARE YOU UTMOST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT LIBERTY IS BEING SHARED WITH THE WORLD AS WE TRY TO TURN THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR LIVES OVER TO JESUS?

WE MIGHT END BY LOOKING AT WHAT PAUL SAID THERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER 14. AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE WITH ME THERE IN VERSE 13, HE WAS DEALING WITH A SIMILAR PROBLEM WHEN HE SAID THIS, “THEREFORE LET US NOT JUDGE ONE ANOTHER ANYMORE, BUT RATHER RESOLVE THIS, NOT TO PUT A STUMBLING BLOCK OR A CAUSE TO FALL IN OUR BROTHER'S WAY,” THAT OUR BROTHER MIGHT FALL. YOU SEE WHAT HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT? THE FACT THAT WE NEED TO YES, KNOW THE LAW OF CHRIST, OBEY THE LAW OF CHRIST, BUT NOT IMPOSE THINGS UPON PEOPLE THAT ARE OUR OWN DESIRES AND OPINIONS.

SO KNOW THAT WE MUST STAND FAST IN THE LORD. BUT STANDING FAST IN THE LORD MEANS THAT WE ARE STANDING FAST IN THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF CHRIST. THAT WE'RE UNDER BONDAGE TO NO OTHER MASTER BUT THE ONE AND TRUE MASTER OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. IF YOU ARE NOT SUBMITTED TO JESUS TODAY, WHY NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL THAT IS FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AND DO ALL THAT IS REQUIRED? IF YOU NEED TO CORRECT YOUR LIFE TODAY, TO TRULY GIVE YOURSELF FULLY TO HIM, ALSO MAKE THAT CORRECTION AS WELL. ALWAYS DO THE WILL OF GOD AND YOU'LL NEVER REGRET IT.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO US ALL. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO HAVE FREEDOM THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! BUT LET ME ASK, “HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO GOD’S GIFT, SO THAT YOU MAY BE FREE FROM THE WORLD AND THE EVILS OF IT.” IF NOT, WHY NOT GET RIGHT WITH YOUR GOD TODAY, ACCORDING TO WHAT HE REQUIRES IN THE BIBLE!