John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
The blessed assurance of salvation can lift us out of the muck and mire of sin and set our feet upon the solid Rock. He gives us a new song to be sung for all to hear.
Psalm 40:2-3 “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
Being made free from sinners’ bondage gives us the liberty to operate in this world that lost sinners cannot comprehend. When guilt and shame plagued us, we became sin’s servants.
John 8:34 “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”
Even as a child of God, we can return to that old life, but not like before. The Holy Spirit will convict us and cajole us to come back to the pure, holy life we were meant to live.
None of us can live a sinless life. But we can give ourselves over to allow Christ to live His life through us.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
When I am not given over to the ways of my flesh, I can begin to see things the way God desires and can operate more freely without the yoke of bondage that sin brings.
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Because Heaven is a surety and secure in the promise of God, we can go forward to live the life our Heavenly Father had planned for us before the world began.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Some may say, “Membership has its privileges,” and this is true. The liberty that has been given to us is not to be used for us to fulfill our desires.
Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
The liberty Christ purchased for us is for service, not selfishness.
Our enemy knows what sins will trip us up. Satan and his demon horde have been watching mankind since the garden and continue to deceive us into giving them fodder to bring to the Father and accuse us to Him.
As a child of the King, I have been given the liberty to live above my trials and tribulations.
The saints who’ve gone help us learn from the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Prayer has been given for us to have close communion with the Father, to know Him as Jesus knew Him.
John 17:20-21 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
My heart melts when I read John 17.
To know that my Savior prayed for me long before I was born is such an act of love that I cannot take it in. I know I am unworthy of such love.
I know that it was His sacrifice that made me worthy.
I bear His name.
I carry the indwelling of the Spirit of God within.
I am given wisdom, understanding, discernment, and love I cannot manufacture.
His love through me allows me to be a partaker in things I have never known before.
1 Peter 5:1-3 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”
Willing service in the liberty that has been purchased for us can be one of the most significant sources of joy, peace, and happiness. We sought for it when we were lost and found only worldly pleasure.
In Christ, we can experience a slice of Heaven on earth.