You Can’t Take My Freedom!

Posted on 2007-01-28. Filed under: Life, Thoughts |

…would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

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It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.

 

William Wallace, Braveheart

Today, our pastor’s sermon was centered on The Armor of God in Ephesians 6. I’ll admit – I was struggling to stay awake during the sermon. We had been up late Saturday night talking with some friends. One of the things we discussed with our friends was the need to fight and ward against the “little foxes“, meaning the little things that creep up on you and derail you or distract you or demoralize you in your quest for God. These are the things that are there all of a sudden when you look up and they are now something that you have to actively deal with – they are a battle to fight. Usually, these things are in your soul – they are a thought in your mind; they are an emotion that comes upon you; they are a desire that you want.

Well, as I’ve said recently, it’s funny how God’s timing is!! After discussing that last night, our pastor spoke this morning about how our biggest spiritual fight is usually in our mind and it’s against the fiery darts of the enemy. We spoke of little foxes and he spoke of fiery darts but we’re talking about the same thing. What’s going on in our minds eventually comes out of our mouth and into the things we do. The place to fight, therefore, is in our thought processes before these things can burrow deeper into our lives in our verbal processes and our habits. I wonder sometimes if Pastor has the living room bugged – just sitting there listening to what we’re going through and figuring out what to talk about on Sunday. 😀

This was a really good sermon. Lately, I’ve heard a number of people say that a lot of the sermons have been milk – meaning they have been very basic sermons directed towards the infants in Christ that needed that type of sustenance. Now, I can see where they’re coming from but I’ve still been able to get a nugget out of each sermon that made the morning worthwhile without counting the fellowship and the worship time. It was good today to have a sermon that provided much more than a morsel – this was a sermon that was edible by both the infants and by the older brothers and sisters. As Shrek said, it had laaayers!

Earlier this month, I wrote about one thing I want to accomplish this year and that’s to be more of a blessing to those that are in my life. Yesterday, I took a prayer walk that was so refreshing. It was a beautiful day and there were few people out. I received two words of God during that time. The first was that God wants me to have more of a servant’s heart towards the people in my life – my family, my friends and other people that God lays on my heart. This will be something I think about a lot over the next little bit. God gave me a great example of how to do so today. I had a distant friend/acquaintance (not sure what to call him) come up today and ask me out of the blue about a mutual friend from whom I just heard from this past week. This mutual friend is going through a lot right now and the acquaintance began to talk about some ways to help him and encouraged me that I could help our friend. I’m going to proceed and see what I can do to help him out and just serve him during this time. I think that’s what church is – it’s not a building or a planned event, it’s compassion (suffering with one another or bearing with one another). Another thing that I was convicted of this weekend that’s related to this is that I need to stand in the gap more for the people in my life when I pray for them. Instead of just praying for them, I should also intercede for them.

The other thing I received during that prayer walk was a tactic to use in a battle I’ve had since about October of this past year in my mind. This has been a spiritual battle. And I have sought the help of my brothers to stand with me in this battle. Yesterday, God told me something very simple to do in order to win this battle. It may not be the triumphal blow but it’s a tactic that will gain ground. Now, I say it’s simple but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. It’s not easy – I’m already feeling pain from doing it for one day. But, I have confidence that this is the way to go and that with God it can and it will be accomplished!

Jesus came to bring us life and not just any life but full life, abundant life, restored life. He came to restore us to our former glory. Something I read recently was that we hear a lot about Original Sin but not as much about Original Glory which came before and which is closer to our nature – our reflection of God that was put into us by him. Part of this glory is freedom from sin and from the devil. We are no longer captives in enemy territory; we are free men and women able to fight back. The only chains put upon us now are those we don’t protect ourselves from with the armor of God and struggle against with the sword of the Word. And, that is what we must do – protect and fight.

In that vein, one thing that I have learned recently is to not stress. The war has been won and the battle is now. So, wherever I have been put, that is where I stand and fight. If this is how I am right now, then just be and fight. See, you shouldn’t just be – and that’s it. Instead, remember why we are here – to pursue a relationship with God. He created us for relationship. So, stand and seek God. By seeking him, change will come. And, it will be the right kind of change – not forced change that may not last and that may not be real internal change. But, if I seek God, I will have real change such as the type that affects my life, the world and God’s kingdom forever. Praise God forevermore!

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