Running the Race

7 01 2013

Let me ask you a question: Do you actually understand the concept of freedom? The word freedom is thrown around a lot but the concept is never explained. Christ has said that we are free and we are free indeed but free from what or free to do what? Recently I’ve been blessed with knowing freedom and being able to teach the concept so that others might know it more.

Living in America many of us have never considered what it is like to feel the heavy hand oppression. We do not know first hand the tyranny of a king. We haven’t felt the onslaught of a one sided economic market. We haven’t been grimaced with poor living standards and inadequate medical care. So being “free” feels no different than being enslaved. So how does the concept of freedom work?

Freedom is found not only spiritually, but also economically, politically, and financially. The best way I can describe freedom is that you are no longer bound by chains that hold you back. In the Spirit world it is your sin that binds you. In the economic world it is the tax that government bring, in the political world it is the political red tape that doesn’t allow to advance technologies or better lifestyles and financially it i our own discipline that withholds us from obtaining freedom. Freedom is like running a race, the end is not a finish line but rather a goal. You desire to achieve that goal and running the race will get you there. However, there are strings attached to you holding you back from actually completing the task at hand! Have you ever wondered why video games who’s main mission is to level up and acquire weapons and wealth are the most sought after games? It is because the very idea of attaining goals and building a legacy is naturally wrought inside of us! We were meant to build legacies and in a video game there are no restraints. The only way you are limited is by your own devotion to acquiring the titles.

The real world works the same way it is just much harder. So freedom is cutting the chords that hold you back from obtaining your rewards. Once those chords are cut you can run as free as you want without any resistance. Run the race if you have been freed from chords which hold you back. Now, to bring it full circle… The only aspect in life where the chords can be cut with no work is the spiritual life. Christ has cut the chords of your Spiritual life and now you run free Spiritually towards the goal which is not death but everlasting rewards! I also noticed one more thing. Since one your areas has been cut and you are now free. You can use that Spiritual man to cut the chords that hold you back in other areas. When the concept of freedom is realized it is only natural to work harder because we see that our labor means something. It is to my experience that when people see the benefit of being free they become harder workers not more lazy.


Who is Jesus to you?

7 01 2013

Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
Mark 8:27-29

How will you respond when Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Do you see Him the way the world sees Him? Will you answer His question the same way the impressionable passers-by answered? Or will you answer the way Peter answered, that He is the Christ?

You see, the world sees Jesus as just another god on the shelf, an emergency back-up plan in case circumstances get really bad and they need to be bailed out of something. They only seeJesus as another religion.

Then there are those who have listened to the things of the Lord but have never made a full commitment of faith to truly follow Him. They perceive Jesus to be some prophet, like John the Baptist or Elijah. Indeed, John was a reformer, calling for repentance and a change of ways from the old lifestyle. And Elijah was the national conscience. Even the king and queen feared him because he stood up for what was just and right. He was the spokesperson for God and he stood between opposing opinions.

And while seeing Jesus as a reformer and a prophet are good, they still don’t fully represent who He is. Yes, we see Jesus as the One who calls for repentance and a change of lifestyle. Yes, we see Jesus as the spokesman for the Father, always doing the Father’s will. But He’s much more than that! He is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God! He’s the Messiah who died on the cross for your sins so that you could experience a life on this earth that matters, and an eternal life with Him forever. His is our Savior!

The God we worship isn’t like any other god or religion. Jesus loves you. He wants a relationship with you. He is reaching out to you and desires to be with you. Jesus is so much more than a prophet or an evangelist. He is the One who took the sins of the world away. He rescued you out of your sins.

In your day-to-day life, don’t let the enemy lull you to sleep thinking that Jesus is just another something-or-other. Don’t relegate Jesus to being just another person who walked this earth.

So… who do you say that He is?

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Colossians 1:16-22).

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