Set Free

O Lord, what are humans that you should care about them? What are mere mortals that you should think about them?

Humans are like a breath of air. Their life span is like a fleeting shadow.

Psalms 144:3‭-‬4 GW

Jesus answered them, “I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin. A slave doesn’t live in the home forever, but a son does. So if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely free.”

John 8:34‭-‬36 GW

God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness.

This power was given to us through knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and integrity.

Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of the highest value.

Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.

Because of this, make every effort to add integrity to your faith; and to integrity add knowledge; to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness; to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love.

If you have these qualities and they are increasing, it demonstrates that your knowledge about our Lord Jesus Christ is living and productive.

If these qualities aren’t present in your life, you’re shortsighted and have forgotten that you were cleansed from your past sins.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, use more effort to make God’s calling and choosing of you secure.

If you keep doing this, you will never fall away.

Then you will also be given the wealth of entering into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:3‭-‬11 GW

What is impossible for man is possible with God.

Like living a life free from sin.

Like never falling away.

Like patiently enduring until the end.

Sure, it’s a tall order but it’s not impossible.

God gives us the power to overcome our carnal, fleshly, sinful nature.

Without God it is impossible to be saved from ourselves.

No matter how hard you try to be righteous, without the indwelling Spirit of God, all your efforts will be in vain.

There’s no such thing as a good person.

Only God is good.

When we get born again, we are born of the Spirit.

We take on a new nature.

The divine nature.

That’s what gives us the power to live godly lives.

We were all slaves to sin before we came to know Christ.

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

But our spirits can.

The soul is the middle ground.

Is your soul submitted to God’s Holy Spirit or is it still a slave to your flesh?

Souls are eternal.

Our bodies die.

We’re just inhabiting these tents of flesh for a season.

When the season ends, we put on immortality.

This is all a test.

Consider this life your placement exams.

How faithful you are to God determines your reward.

Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life of obedience to the Father’s will.

Therefore, all authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Him.

We are parts of Christ’s Body.

As we faithfully perform our duties, we align with the Father’s will and give glory to God.

We’re going to be set free from these mortal bodies.

Don’t confuse the temporary with what’s eternal.

This present world will be destroyed by fire.

Everything that makes up the universe will be consumed.

The material is passing away.

The spiritual endures forever.

God’s word will not pass away.

Jesus has saved us from the punishment for our sins.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Having His Spirit live in us and direct our worship is the abundant life in the here and now.

We are living sacrifices.

We have sacrificed our carnal lives and fleshly desires for something greater.

As a former addict and alcoholic, I know that living a sinful life of carnal pleasure and selfishness is unsatisfying.

I have explored that lifestyle and can conclude in agreement with Scripture that it is not wise and ends only in death.

Thanks be to God for delivering me from my demons and my carnal nature.

Glory to God for sharing His divine nature with me so that I may enjoy freedom and life eternal.

May God’s infinite kindness, love and mercy find a home in your heart.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

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