Hello Friends, welcome to Sunday2Monday.
The place where we say it again!
As my pastor says: Repetition brings revelation!
This week we launched into a new series called Free Indeed. In this introductory message Pastor Lynn opened by reading a blog post on Storyline by Mike Foster called: Are you living in fake freedom? This illustration brought out the fact that we can deceive ourselves into believing that we are free indeed when in truth, like the turtles in their 1.5 million dollar exhibit may feel like they have the penthouse suite, but they still live in a cage.
Its just dressed up captivity.
John 8:31-36 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
In this passage of scripture, Jesus is saying to His disciples that “My disciples stay locked into My words.” This is how they will know the truth. Truth has a very simple definition. Truth is seeing things how God sees them. We have to have God’s perspective on our life and circumstances because nobody lies to you like you lie to yourself. We allow life and circumstances to dictate to us what is true. If we do not allow the truth teller to teach us what the truth is we will defend a fake freedom believing ourselves to be free when indeed we are not.
We need to answer the question: How free am I really?
Over the course of this series, we will answer the questions of this freedom that Christ died to give us. We can’t let ourselves or a religious spirit teach us what Jesus has done for us. That spirit will always tell us that we must pay for what we have done and we must work for what God wants to give us. But Jesus says that we are free indeed! We want to allow Jesus to define this freedom He came to give us.
Over the next few weeks we will seek to answer these questions:
- Did Jesus defeat Satan and the works of the devil?
- Did Jesus destroy the power of sin, and sins, and the even the consequences of sin?
- Did Jesus conquer death and hell?
God wants to shapeshift your thoughts. So why do we still deal with not being free in this life? What are the reasons that we have not realized the freedoms Jesus came to give us in our everyday lives?
We have to ask ourselves: Have we made the Lord too small in our lives?
Leading up to Easter, Pastor Lynn has given us the challenge to go on a journey together to contemplate and concentrate on Jesus, the great emancipator. To immerse ourselves in the truths of the freedom bringer. The more we fix our eyes on Him, the more we will see the truth. It is time to turn our gaze and our focus. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Are you ready to get rid of all the lies and any layers of deception in your thinking? PL said, “it takes God to reveal God and we are changed by what we behold!” -Tweet That!
God is better than you thought He was! He is kinder than you think He is! He is able to do way above and beyond anything you could ever think! He is for you and not against you!
Pastor Lynn told us why he chose this series saying, “I want people to know, I want myself to know that I am free indeed. We are free indeed!”
Thanks for Listening,