Monday, July 4, 2011

Freedom is Being Enslaved to Righteousness.

I'll be away at the House of Prayer for 3 months so last blog for awhile! Bless you all!!!

Freedom is being enslaved to righteousness. Freedom is enjoying the work the Lord did on the Cross and walking in the grace to be perfect like Jesus is. We will fail, but hallelujah He helps us! We receive His gift of righteousness and the grace, strength, and perseverance to walk it out (Romans 5:17). To live a life free from sin, heaviness, and weight! It's a state of profound spiritual satisfaction that cannot be fathomed by those who haven't tasted or seen. He has given me all that I need for life and for Godliness (2 Peter 1:3). All I need to live my life is found in Him. All I need to be righteous and to pursue being like Jesus—is found in Jesus! I don't need to strive-I can live righteously and I can enjoy it!! There is nothing I find as deeply satisfying like running after the mind of Christ, keeping my eyes holy, gaining a pure heart, having grace upon my words…Mhm. It's not a burden to follow His commands! It's freedom!! It's not boring!! It's the most invigorating thing!!! It brings peace. Peace is a fruit of righteous living, and peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:11, Galatians 5:22). Being friends with the Holy Spirit brings peace. To be His friend you have to be Holy and live righteously. As Philip Mantofa puts it-Our part is to be holy-it's the Holy Spirit's first name-we want to call Him by his first name we have to be like-minded friends. His part is to be the Spirit-it's his last name and belongs to Him. He counsels, He leads, He guides, He moves, and He loves!

The Lord is willing to overflow, and willing to give more. He is willing to enlarge our capacity! He wants us to have the fullness of Him! The Spirit without measure! It's our choice on how far we want to go…

There is no greater joy than knowing His name! I want to seek Him my whole life-everyday! Not seeing any loss, or counting the cost. There is NONE! (Psalm 34:10) The worth of my Jesus far outshines anything people or society say is a loss. People wouldn't count my loss if they saw what I saw. They wouldn't say I'm giving things up if they looked upon such beauty! (Philippians 3:7-11) I've seen what happens to those who love Him, and those that have seen His glory. God-count me worthy because I want to be ruined like them! (2 Thes. 1:11-12) I want to give all of me, my whole life, everyday. May my declaration always be "what gain! What gain!". The treasure the world offers me is nothing anyway. These are temporal treasures-only Him and I will remain. They will all fade away but He's my prize, He's my reward, He's my Husband (Matthew 6:20). Nothing will ever erase our history. In the end only our relationship stands. Please, please just give me Jesus. The fullness-consume me with longing. I'm motivated by love and want to be motivated by love everyday. Holy Spirit it's your delight to reveal Jesus Christ-so reveal Him to my heart-I want to be so very much like Him!!

It's a joy to live in a pursuit of righteousness. He's given me the open door to live in freedom! He's given me all the keys I need to live it! Everything in my life will be affected and taken care of when His righteousness is sought (Matthew 6:33). He never asks me to do something that I'm not able to. He's not a task master-He's a happy Daddy who wants His children to grow and mature! He's near-His Spirit dwells within—How much closer could you get to God?! The invitation for intimacy is the biggest invite because He lives inside of me! So I simply talk with Him, sing to Him, dance for Him. There is no loss-I love everything about Him!! It's not a sacrifice-it's fitting that He gets my life. His commandments are not a burden. He's never asked me to give more than I'm able. He's never asked me to leave something behind unless it was for my good (Psalm 84:11). He is the Good God! He's never left me, He's never left me, He's never left me….He really likes me.

"You are good, and do good. Teach me your statutes."-Psalm 119:68

"and this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness…"-Philippians 1:9-11

1 comment:

Kenna Christensen said...

this is beautiful.
thanks for sharing:)