Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Licensed to Liberate

September 21

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek THY precepts."   Psalms 119:45

"This might be called parole, but don't confuse it with liberty."

 

Bible liberty is not geographical, but PERSONal; and unlike our lives in the here and now, it has nothing to do with ethnicity or demographics.  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free ... If the SON therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."  Liberty's foundation is set upon eternal truth and sealed with the signet of GOD'S SON.  HE alone is qualified to offer and fulfill true liberty, for HE alone paid the price of captivity's bondage.  JESUS is the sole PERSON, licensed of Heaven, to liberate!  "But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of CHRIST.  Wherefore HE saith, When HE ascended up on high, he led captivity captive ..."  Though HE died for the sin of the whole world, freedom from sin's tyranny comes to each on a case by case basis.  Liberty, again, as it is Biblically defined, differs significantly from Webster. Modern definitions include: [a. The condition of being free from restriction or control. b. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing. c. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor.]  None of these, however, are kin to the liberty CHRIST offers the person bound in the prison of his own sin.  "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness ... Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith CHRIST hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."  To set someone free on the outside, while still chained on the inside results in a cycle of tragedy.  This might be called parole, but don't confuse it with liberty. 

Of a truth, real liberty must come on the heels of your death in prison.  "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with CHRIST in GOD."  Patrick Henry's words drew close, but miss the bulls-eye as well.  Scripturally, we have to haul ourselves up the stairs of our own gallows and proclaim: 'Give me death, that I might gain liberty'.  "I am crucified with CHRIST: nevertheless I live ..."  As you head up to Golgatha though, beware of those cabbies of carnality who anxiously idle outside the walls of your prison, eager to drive you around the block. 

"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness ... While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."


For Love of Country
 Sir William Phipps  (1651-1695)
(American colonial administrator)
"I knew that if GOD had a people anywhere, it was here, and I resolved to rise or fall with them; neglecting very great advantages for my worldly interests, that I might come and enjoy the ordinances of the LORD JESUS here."

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