The right information is not enough to lead you to freedom; nor is your intellect enough. We all need a revelation of Jesus’ work in our lives and on our behalf. But how do we get a revelation? Simple steps of faith lead to revelation.
Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.”
Jesus Came to Set You Free. BUT, you will need a revelation of that sacrifice. You will need to hear it. See it for yourself. So, will you be free? Can you be free? Is freedom really possible?
Romans 6:6-7 (NLT) We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
You Are Free From Sin
Give it a Try. You are probably relying on rules or just another version of the law. Rules and the law have limited ability to keep you from being destroyed UNTIL grace and faith come (Galatians 3:24). So rules and accountability are often a starting point for people trying to change, but rules are not the long-term solution.
Romans 6:11 (NLT) So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
Watchman Nee in his wonderful book The Normal Christian Life, handles this idea so well. The word “consider”, or “reckon” in the KJV, is an accounting term. It’s similar to balancing your bank accounts. Reconciling, if you will, your records. Doing so gives you an exact picture of your finances at that moment in time. It is the same with sin. Our debt to sin is cleared. Our slavery to sin has been redeemed, meaning we are no longer slaves to it.
Learning and Leaning. Now, reconciling the books and using the card on that account are different things. There are a lot of reasons one’s card might get denied. And, you may have no idea how to use an account card. What does that have to do with your sin and your practical victory over it?
Your current struggle with sin does not mean God’s word isn’t true. Try out the gift and learn. In a severe situation like an addiction, rules and accountability may help in the beginning, but they are not the long-term solution. Take steps of faith, and accept failure as part of the process.
Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT) So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
Get Back Up. Keep getting back up. That’s how you overcome everything. You just don’t quit. You don’t have to be strong. You don’t have to be tough. It can be ugly. You can be crying. You can be struggling. You can have doubts. Just get back up. That’s how you get a revelation.
Galatians 5:13 (NLT) For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
You Are Free To Love
Give it a Try. No one should be better at relationships than Jesus’ followers. It breaks my heart and angers me, or frustrates me, that Christians cannot or will not be ridiculously kind, gentle, and patient with each other. All primarily because they don’t actually tell each other the truth.
It’s time, to tell the truth. Truth and Love are two sides of one coin.
When we tell someone the “truth” of who we believe they are, that is judgment. And, we are not God. We cannot know their inner world. But, we can tell someone the “truth” that we are experiencing because of their behaviors. When you are sarcastic to me, I feel disrespected. When you don’t share your thoughts with me, I feel abandoned.
Ephesians 4:25 (NLT) So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
Learning and Leaning. This is really hard, because it requires the release of our imagined control of others. When we try to control others, that is not love, nor is it freedom. In fact, it is bondage. Give freedom a try. Give your kids freedom, but make sure they know about consequences too. Give them ownership of their lives while within your protection, so they can learn to say no in order to protect themselves from toxic and dangerous people.
Lean into Jesus on this. His life is an amazing example of powerful ministry, without any attempt to control others. Lean on Jesus’ understanding, not your own.
Get Back Up. Telling the truth and giving freedom are the right things to do. Manipulation and aggressiveness are never the right things to do, but they are our habits. They are like old T-shirts we love to wear. They are comfortable, but they no longer fit our new life. They are not how we love people. And loving each other is number two on the list of most important things to do in life.
John 20:21 (NLT) 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
You Are Free To Redeem
Give it a Try. There is a reason we are still on this earth. We are here to represent Jesus. Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus established a new kingdom, with new laws, new covenants, and new citizens. And, that is what we are here to do; fight for this city and world in the only way it can be redeemed. It’s time to start trying. Let’s fight the things that are fighting us. Let’s fight the things that are destroying our children, friends, and leaders.
Learning and Leaning. And, let’s prepare to do it poorly until we can do it well. The church as a whole, needs to admit that we don’t really know that much. What needs to happen in this season is different from the last season, because God does new things. There are no formulas, but there are tools; prayer is the first and foremost of them.
Get Back Up. Let’s not quit. Let’s get back up until we win. That’s how you get a revelation. You get started doing what Jesus said to do, and then you make adjustments. You learn, you lean, and you get back up.