The Freedom We Already Have…

In that past, while dealing with sin in my life or imperfections in my character, I would strive so hard to earn my freedom. I would beg God daily to free me, to set me free from bondage. I labored so hard to be “renewed” in mind, in my actions, and my daily life — all to little avail.

I tried so hard to be a better Christian and to live by example at work and in the religious programs I was involved in at the time. But I realized something very profound. Something that was very scary at first and may even sound crazy: I cannot live the Christian life. I cannot “obey” the commands of Christ that are listed in the Beatitudes. And I have never met a person that could…on his/her own.

For those people who maybe can live the Christian life without any problems, they need not read this. But if you are like me, extremely weak, then perhaps this will be of some assistance to you.

People like us need to live by Another’s life–not our own. We need someone else to live the Christian life for us and in us. That “Another” is Jesus Christ.

Why would Jesus, knowing our weakness and our falleness, make such demanding rules upon us? The Law of Moses is already impossible for any human being to follow. That is why the Israelites needed to make annual sacrifices to the Lord by the ministry of the Priests. And then here comes Jesus Christ, fully man and fully God. It seems while reading the Gospel records that He added to the Law, or even made following the Law even harder and more impossible.

“You have heard it said…”

Why did He do it? Because He has complete confidence in Himself. His plan was that He was going to be living inside of His people. He knew full-well that we were not going to be able to obey such rigorous commands…but He can and He does.

So it’s not a matter of getting “set free” from a particular sin or imperfection or shortcoming. No, it is a waking up to the freedom we already have in Christ!

Because of Him, we are free, we are already holy and blameless. Because of Him we have true unity with the Father, with His Son, and with His Holy Ghost. He has truly been made “one flesh” with us. He has married us and committed Himself fully to us.

Remember that. If we constantly turn to Him and rely on His strength, we will begin to wake up to this freedom that we have already inherited.

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  1. Michael you are such an inspiration…..I get so blessed reading your blogs and with tears clouding my eyes I thank God for the work that has been done in your life….I love you sweetie…thank you for being obedient to Him!!!

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  2. Yes, a brother shared this recently in one of our meetings 🙂 and it about floored me. We feel like God wants us to dig deep within ourselves to find the strength and ability to serve Him and live for Him and express His life but…. If we were able to do it then why did Christ die???? Knowing this that our old self has been crucified with Him so that we are no longer slaves to sin. As long as we don’t realize that and receive that through faith then we struggle. What is it that we realize that turns our hearts to Him. That while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He poured out His love toward us not so that He can put a further demand upon our flesh but so that he can remove that obstacle which is absolutely incapable of fulfilling the laws demands. Now we are made new, now we have received the spirit and life of Christ to live life by, to be the source. He has become to us righteousness and more.
    We no longer boast in ourselves but we glory in our weaknesses because when we are weak He is strong.

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  3. As Robert Capo has written, “We were home before we started.” Very, very true & very, very liberating. And it holds for everything. Feel like you’re lacking joy, for instance. You can’t get real joy by trying, even if you’re trying by following biblical principles. You have to tap into His Joy in faith, trusting in His Goodness. And even the faith is His when you come right down to it as He is the author & finisher of our faith. It’s all in Him.

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  4. Amen bro it’s powerful how the Law causes us to realize that in ourselves we can never attain it. Like the Lord said he didn’t come to do away with it, but if we don’t surpass the pharisees we will no means enter the kingdom. It makes us realize we can never do it, a hopelessness if you will that’s why it’s so beautiful that Christ in us the Hope of Glory.

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  5. Oh yes Michael! I could not live the Christian life either! Anyone who thinks they can will eventually realize they cannot. I thank God he showed me this, I am eternally grateful and still learning to walk in it. You are so blessed that you are learning this so young. Yes….Jesus came to show us even more of the stringency of the law…to lead us to Him, apart from whom we can do nothing! Now we live by His life alone! I am pumped up with joy after reading your post. Thank you.

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    1. Me too! It has literally revolutionized my walk in Him. I am finally able to get to know Him because I’m able to rest long enough to see Him and hear Him. I used to be too busy working for Him to know Him

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  6. Oh yes Michael! I could not live the Christian life either! Anyone who thinks they can will eventually realize they cannot. I thank God he showed me this, I am eternally grateful. You are so blessed that you are learning this so young. Yes….Jesus came to show us even more of the stringency of the law…to lead us to Him, apart from whom we can do nothing! Now we live by His life alone! I am pumped up with joy after reading your post. Thank you.

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  7. “People like us need to live by Another’s life–not our own. We need someone else to live the Christian life for us and in us. That “Another” is Jesus Christ.”…..Thank God! I appreciate the good word Michael–we can stop striving and start living! I’m so grateful to the Lord for setting the bar too high for me. He designed things so that no matter what strength or ability I have I would always come short, leaving me desperate for Jesus. At the end of myself–every time–Jesus is my sufficiency! – John

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  8. What a beautiful revolution brother. We ARE free:) What you have shared here is the difference between eating from the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Thx for blogging about this truth that is unfortunately still too much of a mystery!

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  9. To quote another man, “The Christian life is not only difficult to live… it’s impossible. Only Jesus could live it, and only Jesus could give it.” [Bob George]

    We simply need to rely on Him and rest in Him.

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  10. Great post Michael. You have described the objective Christ that has fully finished the work and accomplished all. We also have our subjective experience of Christ as we more and more experience this objective reality.

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