Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Silence the foolishness

 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 1 Peter 2:15-16 
You are personally responsible for your spiritual freedom. Jesus isn't coming back to die again on the cross. Every curse, every sin, every malady was nailed there with Him over 2,000 years ago. He has done everything necessary for you to be free. Satan, your adversary, your enemy, your captor, has been totally defeated! It's up to you to live in freedom. Independence Day for us is when we came to Christ. Whom the Son sets free in free indeed.
According to God's Word we are to live in such a way that proclaims freedom, freedom from the bondage of the flesh, the lures of the world and from the lies of the devil. In this freedom we can silence the mouth

It is up to you to live in that freedom. I can’t believe for you; I can’t repent for you. I can’t forgive others for you. I can’t put on the armor of God for you. Each of these things is a choice. The Apostle, the Evangelist, the Preacher, the Teacher, the Prophet, nobody can do it for you. You must take personal responsibility for your freedom in Christ and open your prison doors. No one else can open the door for you; only you can push the door open to the freedom that is yours. Others can proclaim the freedom Christ has given to us and tell you the doors are unlocked, so open the door. But at the end of the day it requires action on your part.

Don't believe the devils lies that you'll always be the way you are. It's just a character flaw, I was born this way, I can't change my habits and attitudes. Silence the ignorance of the foolish men, even if it's you, telling yourself these things.

You can do God's will. You can walk in favor. You can choose blessings and not curses. You can return good for evil. You can forgive those who have trespassed against you. You don't have to respond in anger. You don't have to live with bitterness, resentment, hatred, or anger in your heart. But you have to want to walk in the newness of life that can only be experienced through the redemptive power of Jesus. His will for your life is that you do good even in the midst of adversity, even in the midst of temptation, even in the midst of turmoil; do good. Not with ulterior motives of revenge and malice, hidden agendas, - a cloak of maliciousness - but because it is the will of God. This will silence the mouths of those trying to push your buttons and cause you to lose your witness.

It’s time for you to break free from the prison walls that keep you in bondage, to let the shackles fall from your hands and feet. You can be free!

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