“Sometimes God lets you be in a situation that only He can fix so that you can see that He is the One who fixes it. Rest. He’s got it.” Tony Evans
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
The pretense of moral freedom often ends in the bondage of immorality. Scores of things appeal to your senses, and if these are converted to desire expressed by action, moral degradation and chaos result. Biblical freedom is never an end, but a means to an end. When Christ set you free from sin, you merely changed masters. “But now… you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God.”102 The Lord is master of your liberty.
The fact that you are not under law makes Christ’s Lordship essential, for He must be the rudder that charts the course of self-denial. Christ your master owns you and all you have. You are charged with the task of determining His will in your life in the areas of your liberty. For this reason, many of His followers crave law, for law removes ambiguity.
Mind and matter express themselves in thoughts and deeds. For the carnal man, like a child, matter controls the mind. A child does not reason with his appetites. When hungry he cries for food, when the urge arises he defecates. With maturity bodily appetites cease to be mere animal instincts. Your mind controls matter; your thoughts control deeds. The presence of the Holy Spirit in your life assists you in your quest for self-control, which in turn is essential for self-denial.
Christ has set you free, but with this freedom comes great responsibility. “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh.”103
102 Romans 6:22 103 Galatians 5:13
Numbers 26-28 Mark 8 (New King James Version)
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