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Are You Truly Free?

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 There is Freedom In Christ!

Romans 8:1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:13 For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.

Reflection: How many times have you heard some say to you “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”? However they forget the rest of that bible verse, Which says,

who live & walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit! Your flesh will always be with you, but you must choose to not allow your flesh to dictate to you what to do?  Instead, you need to listen to your spirit man, the one who lives on the inside of you & know what the word of God says to do in each situation. We can choose to live our lives according to what feels good, but if we are living by the dictates of the flesh we will suffer the consequences.

Let me give you an example. A few days ago I saw a little girl helping her mother push the grocery cart in a store. She wasn’t in the middle of the aisle, but she was probably eight years old & she was trying her best to help out. Along comes a man, who as most would say, woke up on the wrong side of the bed!He barked at this little girl and said “Do you mind getting your cart out of the isle so that I can pass”! His tone was nasty & he had this repulsive look on his face! Personally I had everything I could do, not to let my flesh rise up inside of me & tell this man off. However, I waited till he went by, went over to the little girl and said, You know sweetheart some people just get up on the wrong side of the bed, I’m sorry that man was mean to you. Her mother said to me, I’m just glad that I wake up happy every morning. The little girl smiled & they both went on their way.

This man choose to allow his flesh to dictate to him what he wanted. He wasn’t thinking about the fact that this was just a child, or that he could of said it a little nicer to her! Nope he just barked his orders & demanded her to get out of his way. Some people will just claim, that is just the way I am, if you don’t like it, too bad! Unfortunately when we do this we will never be free from the dictates of the flesh, because we are allowing our flesh to dictate to us. Does it take practice to not allow your flesh to have its way, you bet it does! Like I said, I had everything inside of me rising up ready to take this man to task. But, instead I swallowed my pride & waited till he went by so I could talk to this little girl. We make our choices every day, so let God help you to have freedom in Him! Live free & be free!

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