Sunday, October 9, 2011

Flee to Be Free!

2 Tim. 2:22- Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Proverbs 6:5- Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Romans 8:6- For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace"

How free are you? By free I mean having personal rights and liberty; not enslaved, not imprisoned, not restricted, independent, spontaneous, not busy, not used, not obstructed, not containing, not fastened, without obligations, not costing any money, lavish, frank, fiving a general idea; not literal, informal, not combined with any other foreign or chemical substance.” Are you that free?

If questioned and the truth was revealed, could you say your daily activities (thoughts/words/deeds) inhibit or free you? Master you? Call and compel you and you come every time? Are you mobile, agile in life or are you encumbered about with many things as Jesus described Martha (Luke 10:40)? The truth is many of us are parked in the past waiting on God to move us, to transition us forward. He’s waiting on us to cooperate with Him and free ourselves from what we know isn’t good for us but we still persist in doing. A lot.  Beloved, self-control mixed with love equals FREEDOM WITHOUT LICENSE. You can personify 1 Corinthians 6:12   "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything.” But you’ve got to know what to flee from and run to and that requires knowing what has the potential to pull you to excess. It can be obvious or hidden. Pray about that. What's your 'pull or bent' that makes you want to over-indulge? That's what you may have to flee to remain free.
The saddest state known to man is the perceived freedom that isn’t but they've made themselves believe it to be so.  Deception about your true state occurs when you’ve disobeyed so long you’re insensitive to what you’re really doing to yourself, its such a looming presence in your life you can't make a decision about it to benefit yourself. IT/THEY are the boss of you and run you.  You’re stuck as if in quicksand and eventually you’ll go under/reach crisis. Doing whatever you want, however you want, with whomever you want isn’t freedom or pleasure, at least not real freedom/pleasure that won’t leave a mark when you’re done with it. Being unrestrained, knowing the cost of something and not its value is immaturity and to make yourself truly free (unfasten, disentangle, relieve, make available, release) question and FLEE (Run away from a place or situation of danger) RUN (move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time) from anything or anyone that makes you weak-willed. If you just have to do it, you're not free, you're bound and running in place. To move/go forward you have to get from where you are to where you should be by LEAVING. You have to flee HERE to GET THERE. Beloved, I'm praying with and for you.

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