The Reality of
Liberty of Service:
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
The reality of Liberty is to be changed into the Lord’s image in your life. We do not become God; but it is image, in respect, of likeness of character, and attitude.
Romans 8:29-30 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom He called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
To be conformed to Christ is to have great Liberty…for you have denied yourself to a extent that the Holy Spirit has Liberty within you, to use you as He wills; in the way He wills; in the place He wills.
Now the Holy Spirit has great power, and can do anything–in you and to you. Read Acts and it will show you rulers, centurions, and prison guards that have been moved by the power of the Holy Spirit for His people.
The Holy Spirit wants to use us to bring His Will to pass, but there are so many things that hinder the Spirit’s movements.
When I was young (a very long time ago), they used to give the example of rooms in our heart. You may let the Lord Jesus Christ in to your heart…but is He just given a small room in the back? Or allowed the run of the place, to go where He wants to, while you still own it? Or is He given your heart, Period.
Of course it is the Holy Spirit that actually resides in the spirit of the Christian. He is the One who works within us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
He is the One who works in us to conform us to Christ Jesus.
Spiritual Liberty is the right of passage, or access to become what we were brought into being for.
And that “right of passage” comes to us, by removing anything and everything that is in opposition to God’s Will for our lives.
Let’s talk about access:
Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom we also have ACCESS by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
How many of us can say this last verse is our experience? Well, if we have the first verse (being justified by faith); we certainly can have the ACCESS into this grace (which is the unmerited favor of power ) and can go on till we, through the Holy Spirit’s control, have all that this last verse (hope, not ashamed, love of God shed abroad in our hearts) sets forth.
And we can have it in our everyday experience. That is what is promised. That is Spiritual Liberty. That is becoming what we were brought into this world for.
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Foreknow has to do with people–He knew you in Eternity past. Thought of you and loved you.
Predestinate has to do with the path He has chosen for you to walk in, and actions of that path. Everything He places in our path is to lead us to a closer fellowship with Him and a greater knowledge of what He will do for us.
Romans 9:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
“All things” means all things. And they work for God:
God’s good. God’s calling for us. God’s purpose for us.
He works in all things in our lives, for the good of His Will and Purpose for our lives.
He worked before we were born again to draw us to Him.
Once we are born again, the Holy Spirit within us, works to show us the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word to us; and His Will for us.
(John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he shall show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.)
And He works within us, the faith and love to God; we so desperately need.
With these, we can, and do face what is ahead with confidence and rejoicing (remember Romans 5:2)
I have in my Christian experience, been so miserable….so miserable. But as the Lord pointed out to me; It was really because I wanted to be miserable.
I didn’t like the circumstances I was in: so I decided to be unhappy. Which led to blocked communication with the Lord. Which led to: “How come Your not helping me, Lord?”. Which led to misery; because I didn’t want to hear the answer.
Sound familiar? Ever had this experience?
Now, I could have denied myself; picked up that cross of circumstance,( happily for Him)and followed Him into whatever there was ahead….rejoicing.
But instead, I chose misery.
Of course, I confessed it , and got about what I should have in the first place…but what I lost by my willful action, I’ll never know.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, there with to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need:”
Learning , growing, following; in all these we are to yield to the Holy Spirit within.
He will lead us on to Spiritual Liberty, If we will.