Food For Thought: Liberty Or Selfishness?

The word “liberty” has been on my mind. Liberty is a good thing until it becomes a liability in other areas, such as in unproductiveness or in childishness and foolishness. This word is used eighteen times in the New Testament and has at least six different meanings. Many who clamor for liberty are so caught up in themselves that they are destroying the end-time harvest. The lost refuse to come into the sanctuary of God. 2 Corinthians 3:17 reads, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (KJV). The word “Lord” as used here means “God, one who is supreme in authority, one who is in control.” In many churches, the Lord is not in control, and where He is not, there is no freedom. Galatians 5:13 reads, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” We have been called unto freedom. This is one of God’s primary purposes for His people. In the Old Testament, Israel was delivered from physical, political, and spiritual oppression in Egypt. In the New Testament, all who believe in Jesus Christ are delivered from sin, oppression, and captivity, and set free (Luke 4:18-19). Unfortunately, many get worked up in the flesh and in carnality. Many speak of their liberty in Christ, but their perception of that liberty means being allowed to act up and becoming a spectacle in any manner that makes them feel good. This is selfish behavior, and it goes on week after week, doing the same thing. The end result is that it derails the Spirit of God and restricts the Holy Spirit from leading God’s people into God’s presence. This selfish behavior draws attention away from God and towards an individual. This selfish behavior is not liberty. It is negligence and misuse of the genuine freedom in Christ.

James 1:25… “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of libery, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (KJV).

James 2:12…So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (KJV).

Pastor George Belobaba

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