Monday, August 19, 2013

Spiritual Liberty

UV 844/10,000 Spiritual Liberty “Now God is the Spirit and where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3 v 17 It is said in the books of man that “knowledge is power but wisdom is liberty.” But God’s Book says that where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. He sets us free from the law of sin and death or the cycle of sin and its consequence-spiritual death or the death of our own eternal spirit. The Spirit of God quickens us or causes us to live spiritually in a darkened world. His Word is a sword that sets us free from the traps and trappings of the world. It is also a s-word or spiritual word that satisfies our thirst for truth, the kind of truth that sets us free from needless beliefs and useless or meaningless practices. We who were captives to the bondage of sin were set free by Jesus. We are liberated to be fully human, wholly spiritual and fully alive. Now that we are set free, we have a duty to proclaim liberty to others around us who are captives to the law of sin and death. It is our relationship with the Triune God that gives us freedom. Whose we are matters more than who we are. No longer are we afflicted by the fear of death, fear of punishment, fear of curses, fear of affliction, fear of disaster, fear of failure, fear of loneliness and helplessness. The law implying rules and regulations limits us but the Spirit frees us as He declares us to be sons and daughters of God. Religion is often referred to by critics as the crutches that weak men rely on to walk. We are not freed by religion but by spirituality that gives us the wings of prayer and the s-word to fly high. The Spirit restores us to the joy of salvation. No longer are we mourning and moaning over our present difficulties but we rejoice in the present moment even as we look forward to eternity. All other types of freedom or liberty like political freedom, economic freedom, civic liberties have meaning and purpose only if they end in spiritual liberty. Prateep V Philip

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