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  • Praying the Promises # 006

    Where the Spirit of the Lord is There is Liberty

    It is no secret that our civil liberties are in jeopardy.  With every stroke of Washington’s pen we seem to be experiencing less and less freedom and liberty.  Who knows what liberties the next presidential administration will target.  The uncertainty is almost too much to bear.

    However, the Bible offers a different kind of liberty – soul liberty.  This liberty was not a reality in the Old Testament.  It was not until the giving of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament that this liberty was realized.  In the New Testament, we receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again.  This new experience eliminates the need for the restrictions and oversight that was exercised in the Old Testament.  There are no suffocating observers watching over us.

    Why are we trusted with such soul liberty?  The answer is simple – we have the indwelling Holy Spirit as a chaperone, a commentator, a counselor and a controlling reality in the New Testament.  In the Old Testament they had the actual hard copies of the law.  This law was stone and was not readily available to everyone.  They would, therefore, write it as a reminder everywhere they went; on the door-posts of their homes and even on their garments.  In short, they needed the actual physical presence of the law to behave wisely.  This was an inferior way to live.  As you can imagine, if they found themselves outside of the presence of a copy of the law, they might be motivated to misbehave, and they often did.  This is why the behavior of some Old Testament saints boggles the mind.

    In the New Testament, the law, and much more, is dictated to us internally by the Holy Spirit.  What is the advantage?  He indwells us, so we are exposed to His leadership wherever we may find ourselves.  This creates liberty for us to explore our faith and move around in God’s world because we are accompanied by the third member of the Trinity.  All believers who have lived on this side of Pentecost (Acts 2) have experienced this liberating presence of the Holy Spirit and it is creating a sanctified body of believers.

    We can expect the Holy Spirit to instruct.  We can expect the Holy Spirit to intercede.  We can expect the Holy Spirit to influence.  We can expect the Holy Spirit to inhibit.  We can expect the Holy Spirit to invigorate.  These are all part of the liberty He has promised.

    Pray and claim this promise this week!  “Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit and the liberty He institutes, generates and organizes into my life.”

    Comment

    On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, ASTON BROWN said:

    Thank you Pastor. I found this very refreshing, encouraging and strengthening. Praise the Lord.

     

    On Friday, December 11, 2020, Mckenzie Boggs said:

    Thank you for these weekly devotion! Can’t wait for more.

     

    On Friday, December 11, 2020, Aimee said:

    So Thankful that He is always with us and is our reminder to what is right and not this world or others telling us what is right because His way is always the right way and things are always so much better and we more blessed when we listen to what He is telling us instead of looking to this world and our so called leaders but we all know who truly is in charge.

     

    On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Crystal said:

    Amen! Thank you for the reminder that even though the leaders in this world may change God’s leadership, through the Holy Spirit, never changes!

     

    On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Kate Clarisa said:

    A much needed message in this time.

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Ken Kyle said:

    I’m enjoying the promises of God

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Jeremy Boggs said:

    Amen! Thank God for the Liberty He has given us! Really enjoyed this one. Keep them coming Pastor!

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Roxanne said:

    Wow - thank you Pastor for the reminder. What a blessing we have in the Holy Spirit! Really makes you wonder what it was like to live during the Old Testament times without the Holy Spirit and how difficult that must have been. Even with the Holy Spirit with me daily, I still find myself falling short. I'm just so thankful to have been born during this amazing time in history!

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Junior Wilkerson said:

    Yes I do thank God for the Holy Spirit. Thanks Pastor keep it up it's real refreshing and needed.

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Hannah Waters said:

    Amen!! So thankful for the liberty that the Holy Spirit gives! Good word!!

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Nathan Waters said:

    Great word pastor. I am enjoying the promises of God!

     

    On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Chris Matarese said:

    This is a great reminder that after Jesus departed he left us the Holy Spirit to guide, protect and shelter us from falling in with the ways of a sinful World. With Wisdom, power and love our God is an awesome God!

     

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