Posts Tagged ‘free’

New Law

July 1st, 2013

Today is the first of July, and unfortunately it’s a day that many new state and federal laws take effect.  Interestingly enough Kentucky in lifted its ban on drinking on Election day.  That might not be such a good idea. If you recall, one of the major Hatfield and McCoy incidents occurred because of some drinking on a Kentucky election day.

More importantly for us today is that a long time ago the Creator put some new laws in effect, releasing us from the bonds of the very structured Jewish laws and ushering a period of living free by the spirit.

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6.

That’s great news! and a law change that is something to be thankful for.

Trapped

March 19th, 2013

I have had a pesky raccoon around the house and in the garage, so I thought it would be good to relocate him to a location that would be removed from my location!  ( ie, make him another persons’ problem!  )

Anyway, I set out the trap Sunday night, and caught my first victim on Monday – my own cat.  geesh!

Last night, I change the bait, and reset the trap, with in the hour I had another victim.  This time a big ugly opossum.   I released the little guy and off he waddled – appearing to have his head down and his tail between his legs like  he was saying “I am so stupid, I will never do that again.!”

Well, I reset the trap, and went off to bed.   During the night I could hear something thrashing around in the cage and so I threw back the covers and went to investigate.

Guess who was there?

AGAIN!

No, not the cat, the ‘possum.  This time he tried to play dead. I guess he was thinking I would not be able to see him lying there paying the penalty for his greed, for fulfilling his desire for oranges and peanut butter.

Caught again, in the same trap, going after the same thing.

Of course, at the time, I had a hearty laugh, until I got ready to write this morning.  Then I thought about the parallel to our own lives.   How many times do we go back, over and over to the same trap that doesn’t really produce the reward we had anticipated.  We end up wallowing all night in our own mess, just like my little buddy in the back yard.

Luckily, we are not alone in the trap and we have a way out.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7

84 I Miss You

March 18th, 2013

My co teacher and I lamented this weekend when we discovered the 1984 version of the NIV Bible was not available at our favorite online Bible sites any longer.  What a pain!  There are lots of places where that’s the one that makes the most sense.  Plus we are getting old and that is the version we memorized!!! 🙂  The one we know!

Anyway, here is one verse for a Monday that definitely is better in the 84 version.

I run in the path of your commands,

For you have set my heart free. Psalm 119:32

Free! I like that idea so my better than “broadened my understanding!

But either way, running in the path of his commands yields some pretty great results, so maybe, we should check the path we are running on today.

Freedom in Christ

January 23rd, 2013

I write about the freedom we have in Christ a lot. So much that sometimes I wonder if ‘free’ should not have been my OneWord365!  Anyway, here is an awesome little video clip.  I hope you take the time to watch it.  It tells the story of each of us.  It tells the story of the captivity we find ourselves immersed in and how we are freed!

 

5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

And that’s good!

An Example to Follow

January 9th, 2013

As a follow-up on yesterday’s post about seeking the good of others,  take a peek at the concluding words written in that same section of the letter to the Corinthians.

31 The answer is, if you eat or drink, or if you do anything, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Never do anything that might hurt others—Jews, Greeks, or God’s church— 33 just as I, also, try to please everybody in every way. I am not trying to do what is good for me but what is good for most people so they can be saved. 11 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 (NCV)

There it is.  Do everything for God’s glory, and follow the example of the writer, Paul, who is following the example of The Christ.  You remember him? He’s the one who left heaven and come down to the Earth and became a man.  Sort of a humbling experience I would imagine!

Let us be free!  And let us bring glory to the Creator!  and let us follow in his footsteps and seek others!