I’m about to share with you what I consider to be probably the most significant piece of this Freedom puzzle I’ve learned. This is the key that unlocks the door to seeing your Freedom, living in it, remaining in it, and growing from it.
While I would like to be as practical as possible in laying out some principles for Free Living, admittedly, it is an impossible task, and one that, no matter how well I paint a picture, or attempt to inspire – will fall far short of exhausting the full subject. The reason? I can’t, nor can any other person, move you to a place of “less of you, and more of Him.” I’ve said that this sums up the essence of Freedom. “Not I, but Christ” is the secret. And no one can take you there. Only you can do that, and it is truly the only doing (in purely an agreeing and seeing way) that you are invited in to by God.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
There is the key. Do you see it?
To be Free is to live not by your Self, or an old Law of bondage – but it is to Live by Christ and the Law of Life. How? By faith that this is already true. Though we remain in the flesh in appearance in this life, by faith, we move from temporal to eternal in all things, and Live the Life of Another.
By faith, we receive that we have been crucified, buried, raised, ascended and seated with Christ. By faith, we see the Eternal Purpose. By faith, we eat of the Tree of Life and thus receive the Highest Life in us. By faith, we live not for a future heaven, but in a present and coming Kingdom. By faith, all idols fall as we take our eyes off of them and affix them to the One. By faith, we know our identity as Sons and Daughters. We know our place at the Table as Priests and Kings. By faith, we know it is finished. The work and the fight are done. By faith, we rest, dependent upon our Vine. By faith, we know God is Good.
By faith, we enter in through The Gate. By faith, we continue on, walking The Path with Jesus. By faith, we receive the saving side of Christ’s Cross, and by faith, we embrace the carrying side of our Cross. By faith, we engage trials with joy, knowing they serve to make us complete, lacking nothing. By faith, we the Remnant, follow the Leader outside the camp into the Habitat of His Life.
By faith, we walk. By faith, we hear God’s Voice, know it, and follow it. By faith, we Overcome sin, Self and Satan. By faith, we forgive and are set Free. By faith, we confess and are healed. By faith, we obey. By faith, we know God’s Will and access His Wisdom. By faith, we RSVP “yes” to His prescriptive invitation to Love. By faith, we choose Liberty over Legalism and Libertinism. By faith, we receive what we already have.
By faith, He is increased. By faith, we are decreased. By faith, we are Free.
Faith is the key. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” But with faith, “all things are possible.”
Faith moves mountains into the sea. Faith makes nothing impossible. Faith answers prayer. Faith activates signs and wonders. Faith satisfies God’s righteous requirements. Faith unlocks salvation. Faith overcomes the world.
If you are to realize Freedom from anything revealed to you thus far, or ever, or at any point in the future – you must realize it by faith.
This Walk we are on, the one taking us along this Path toward Life? “We walk (It) by faith.” The same faith that brought you through The Gate, takes you down The Path, and supplies what you need for the Walk. We’ve been after Life, the Life of God that is along The Path and at the end of Its road.
Life is received by faith.
So what is faith, then? As critical as it is – the key as we’ve said – how do we define it and act upon it?
Come back tomorrow, and I’ll show you what I see and believe about that…
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