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True Freedom

30 Mar

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today:

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23)

All these problems of humanity come from within. We likely won’t become adulterous because we ate a wrong type of meat; which is what Jesus is addressing here. Rather, all of this comes from our own heart, which is by its very nature, evil. From birth our little hearts are wicked. We don’t need a guide-book and a P.H.D. in attempting to manipulate our parents to do what we want from an incredibly young age. No, we do it automatically… Which creates the question, how can it be possible to not do those things? If our very nature is that of pride, how can we ever hope to be humble in anything? Well, the only answer is that our nature must be changed.

6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:6-7)

We, by nature, are sinful… Up, and until we turn to Christ. At which point, our nature that of obedience to God. When we turn to Christ, our old nature is as dead as a man nailed to a cross is. Does that mean we suddenly turn suddenly turn into people willing to be martyrs? Well, not per se. But it does mean a radical change, in which we stop having to sin. Instead, now we’re able to rely on Christ to be our salvation from temptation, as well as from Hell. And if we haven’t experienced that change yet, perhaps we should re-examine our walk with the Lord.

The point being this: there is true freedom in Christ! And if you haven’t yet experienced that, then I would ask you to, today, put your trust in Christ.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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