Are You Truly Free?

The measure of faith

The Bible often uses the word Yoke in farming illustrations to show two being tied together. A yoke is a wooden framed contraption joining two animals together. It could also symbolize one person’s subjection to another.

When Jesus said in Matthew 11:29 to “Take My yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” He was talking about staying connected to Him and He will fill you with His grace, which will be sufficient to handle anything.

A yoke can also be a burden of guilt. Depending on how much you know about God’s grace and what you have been taught, will determine whether or not you have a “past sin obsession with guilt.

Some suggest, if all you teach is the gospel of grace, then it will give people a license to sin. People don’t need permission to sin, they already do it. The Apostle Paul dealt with this same subject in Romans 6:1, 2 and verse 15.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? (Verse 2) Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? (Verse 15) What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but grace? Certainly not!

So my question is: Why are Christians so obsessed with pointing out sin in other Christians lives? Yes, we are to gently let those close to us know that maybe they need to change this and that but placing guilt on a person is not going to stop them from sinning. So, what should we do? Here is what the Bible says:

We need to “know Him.” Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Did you catch that? We can lead others out of their bondage by telling them of God’s goodness. Some only need to hear how much He loves them and what He has done for them, forgiving all their sin.

Jesus said in John 17:3 – “And this is eternal life, that they (me and you) may know You, the  only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The more you know Christ, the more you will see His “goodness.” So the more a Christian experiences His goodness, the less they want to do the things that the Bible calls sin. When we begin to know Christ, sin looses its appeal. The law not only doesn’t stop us from sinning, it actually stirs up more. The law stirs up rebellion in us. The problem is not with the law; the problem is the more you try to use the law to make people live the Christian life, the more you will stir up sinful, rebellious desires in them. It makes them “sin-conscious” all the time.

The second reason that we can’t produce the life God desires for us, is the law only deals with the external, our actions and behavior. If merely shaping up our actions would please God, then the Pharisees would have been Jesus’ favorite people, but they weren’t. (Matthew 23:25,27,28 is what Jesus thought of them). Anyone can clean themselves up on the outside.

The law is not based on faith. It is contrary to faith. In Hebrews 11:6, it says it is impossible to please God without faith. So if you’re trying to do everything to clean up your behavior without having a full transformation of the heart through Christ, you will fail.

People who live under the law immediately start to find “loopholes.” They reason within themselves as to why they can…and keep on doing it.

Conclusion: The law can only show man his need for a Savior, but it has no solution. Yes, there are good works that come with being under God’s grace, but we do them because we want to be more like Christ – He went around doing good.

Paul said in Galatians 5:1 – Stand firm therefore in liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a “yoke of bondage.” He’s talking about placing yourself under the law. We are not to sit ideally by and let someone fill us up with legalism. We are to search the scriptures, for ourselves, and the truth will set you fee. Free to live the abundant life that Christ died for us to have. He gave us His righteousness and took our dead filled lives so that we could be “Fee Indeed!” Coming to the knowledge of Christ and what He has done, will change how you pray and how you worship Him and how we treat others!

Let The Holy Spirit be the Spirit and God be God.

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