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A Pastor, A Mama, And The Mouse

Wednesday Wisdom: FREEEEEDOM

The beautiful thing about my new series “Wednesday Wisdom” is that you’re going to get everything that God is speaking directly to me. So hold on tight, it’s going to be a crazy ride while I try to portray everything He’s speaking.

The past like …. month I have been in the book of Galatians. My husbands favorite song is No longer slaves and he is always so submersed into the slavery and being adopted into God’s family – side note: he’s even writing a book entitled “Why Do I Matter?” and he talks about all of this in it …. be on the lookout for updates on his book!

Anyways – so I am in chapter 4 of Galatians. And Paul is reminding the Galatians that we are no longer slaves to the law. The law was put into place to keep God’s children safe and protected until Christ could come and salvation could be attained – along with a personal relationship with Christ could be possible. So now that Christ had come, died on the cross, rose again … and we CAN have that personal relationship and salvation – we are no longer slaves to the law! Instead now we are to LOVE one another and focus on the LOVE that Christ has for us and multiply that to everyone around us.

Have you ever been told that you were getting something absolutely amazing. Maybe it was a free ride to college, an inheritance or estate from your grandparents (or parents) … maybe it was even a bonus from work. When you’re waiting for these things to come your way sometimes there are rules associated to actually receiving them. The estate or inheritance can’t ACTUALLY become yours until you’re a certain age or obtain a certain degree. You have the free ride to college but you have to keep your grades up, your head on straight, maintain a social life and a scholarly life. Your work bonus – you have to keep working! You have to show up every day, get your job done, get it done well …. there’s rules and stipulations around EVERYTHING. The people understood this – that’s what the law did. But when Christ came to die for us – that all went away!

Galatians 4:7 (my husbands absolute favorite verse) says “Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.e And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” And being God’s child and heir – we can live in FREEDOM. Freedom that is given to us by Christ and by living in the Spirit.

Does this mean that we can still go about and do whatever we want? Absolutely not. But we are no longer slaves – we are free. This was such a big deal that Paul needed to get across because so many people were falling back into their old ways or being told they couldn’t have that relationship or salvation because they weren’t following the law.

Stop worrying about what others are saying you’re supposed to be doing. How you’re supposed to look. What your life is supposed to be. What you need to achieve or wear or eat. Forget about the religious laws that you might have learned as a child that made you turn away from Christ because it was too hard. It was too complicated. It made no sense. Christ came and died because he loved YOU. He came to show you love and us as Christians we need to follow the Word and can I tell you what the word simply says to do – LOVE. It doesn’t say to hate, condemn, be enslaved to certain laws and rules and guidelines. It says to LOVE.

The fruit of the Spirit (or how you will able to tell if a person is living by the Spirit, truly living for Christ) are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, and Self Control. LOVE is the first one. Our job is to love Christ and love our neighbors as ourselves. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. You can point out when someone is getting off track HUMBLY and in a LOVING way. Because you LOVE them. We are called to live freely and no longer be enslaved by the ways of this world but rather to walk in the Love of Christ and portray it to everyone around us.

I’m going to leave you with this:

I posted this picture on my Facebook the other day and I do truly mean every word in the photo, but I don’t just want to inspire people. I want to lead the to a father that loves them unconditionally. Loves them so much he can’t let them stay in their damaging ways, but rather be like a potter and smooth out the cracks, fill in the holes, and find that beautiful masterpeice that is inside. I want to love everyone around me so deeply that just by watching me I will lead the Jesus.


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