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– Keep your heart with all diligence – for out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23

Being diligent is being careful – persistently without pause.  Sadly, we can sometimes take better and more consistent care of our cars than our hearts. These hearts we have are desperately wicked and deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).  It takes dedicated diligence and discipline throughout every day to guard them.

To keep them from being distracted, discouraged, and disappointed by all of Satan‘s subtle devices.  We cannot be ignorant of them – or he will gain advantage of our hearts, minds, and souls (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Without our shield of faith, his fiery darts will hit and ignite blazes in them – time and again (Ephesians 6:16)

We are to give all diligence to our faith, then adding to it virtue.  To virtue, we add knowledge – to knowledge, temperance.  To temperance we add patience – to patience, godliness.  To godliness, we add charity (2 Peter 1:4-7).  These all keep our hearts from being corrupted by the world again – and from being blinded by its bright lights (2 Peter 1:4,9, 2 Corinthians 4:4).

We have to live in this world.  However, we are to no longer lust and long for the lies it offers – of which the devil is father of (John 8:44, Titus 2:12).  Still, we are going to witness immoral and ungodly behavior wherever we go.  We can’t avoid such things completely – unless we are literally living under a rock.

Jesus Christ said such things cannot defile us by themselves (Matthew 15:11).  But – our hearts are like vessels – containers which are continually filled and emptied with either the world or Word.  We are to be diligent as to which one we keep more of in our hearts.  Before they are filled to the brim – before they break and burst – and something hurtful comes blurting out of our mouths (Matthew 15:18-20).

If we are holding more of the world – we’re withholding space for the Word – and vice versa. Whatever abounds – is bound to come forth in our words and actions – for out of the abundance of our hearts, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).  And, life and death are in the power of our tongues (Proverbs 18:21).

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– That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro – and carried about with every wind of doctrine – by sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to destroy. – Ephesians 4:14

– “I find myself adrift these days, an endless maze of ends and ways – the world seems so crazy to be here.” – “Peaceable Kingdom“, words and music by Rob Carlson, copyright 1974

Every boat on the water has to be following some sort of pre-set course.  Even if it is just going out from shore and back each day – much like a lobsterman might set out to set traps, or see what’s in them – then head back home at dusk.  Whatever the vessel – it requires a steering mechanism to get where it’s going.  A navigational system is also needed to show the captain how to get there.

No matter the size, all ships also have to have ballast.  Even the biggest boats require something for balance – to keep then from getting tossed to and fro during storms.  Without something to stabilize any ship – it will start to list – leaning slightly or significantly to one side or another.  Any wild weather will most likely tip it over – or cause a shipwreck where the boat breaks apart and debris starts floating away.

Pieces of the ship are no longer moored – and they are only steered whichever way the winds and water send them.  This is known as being adrift.  Once this happens – drifting follows, a continuous movement from one place to another – without any definitive direction.  It becomes a steady motion, moving forwards or backwards – side to side – more so when the seas are stormy; less when they subside.

This is known as “to and fro”.  A good example on land would be watching bustling shoppers going “to and fro” from store to store to buy gifts at Christmas. Some go one way – some go another – blending into one big blur of busy-ness.  God warns us to guard against this type of life as believers – as it can sometimes seem – for someone is always lying in wait to trap and destroy us (lead verse).

I seem to see and talk to a lot of dazed Christians – who appear to be adrift these days.  They can be pew passengers sitting inside the seeming comfort of a giant ship – a mega-church sanctuary – but there is no true ballast of belief.  Even in smaller churches – they appear to be listing.  Leaning towards love and worship of the Word – then listing towards lusts and wants of this world … to and fro it goes.

We can’t have a moral and immoral compass on the seas of life at the same time (1 Corinthians 10:21). Our moral compass as Christians is the conviction we have about following Jesus – with steadfast confidence (with faith) we’re being guided towards salvation (Hebrews 3:14).  Remember what happened to Peter when he was walking across the windy water – and took his eyes off Christ (Matthew 14:24-30)?

If we have any type of immoral compass, we’ll remain at least partially trapped in the confusion and corruption of this planet (1 Peter 2:6, 2 Peter 2:20-21).  Our worldly wants (Psalm 23:1) will win out from time to time over the Word.  We’ll go to and fro – back and forth between sound and unsound doctrine.  Sound doctrine is not hearing words which just sound good – as if they will personally benefit and bless us (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

We may not detect distant storms brewing this way. It can be a full-steam ahead attitude because everything seems presently calm in our Christian lives.  So far – it may have seemed to be smooth sailing for the most part.  However, somebody is always lying in wait just below the water’s surface on either side trying to sink us.  His name is Satan – subtly setting traps of lies to trick us into believing something is truth (John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:3).

A lot of hurt was waiting on Job’s horizon – and he never saw the storm coming (Job 1:13-19).  Satan did – and God allowed it to hit very hard.  Why?  One reason was Job had become the chief captain of his own ship.  Whether he steered it right or left – it was the right way to go in his own eyes.  God wasn’t Job’s guide anymore – just a guest on his boat.  He was no longer acknowledging and trusting God as his captain and compass.

It might be said Job was sailing smugly in the “I” of his own storm (John 7:18).  Not only was he his own pilot – he was choosing out the course of others as well (Job 29:14-25).  Whether Job was putting them on the path of future peril – did not seem to faze him.  Satan saw this all.  He had been going to and fro in the earth – and walking up and down in it – seeking whom he could devour (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8).

Job was drifting towards destruction (Proverbs 16:2,25).  When devastation hit – nobody could believe it.  His three friends sat silent with him for a week trying to figure it all out (Job 2:11-13).  When all started speaking – everyone drifted to and fro between their respective opinions.  None of them were right per the Lord, to His wrath – and none righted Job’s ship.  God did by humbling him (Job 3:1-42:8).

If anyone feels adrift these days as a believer – it has to be largely in part because of a conscious and daily decision about who is being allowed at all times to be their guide out on the waters of worship and life (Joshua 24:15).  Why would He steer us the wrong way if we look to Him and obey?  God is our only guide all the way to death (Psalm 48:14).  We can’t declare our own paths – and then put God on board our ships of salvation as a mere passenger.

As the lyrics to the lead song allude to, this world is a labyrinth of many lies.  If we keep listening to them while still trying to sail true to the truth of the Word – we can’t help but start listing.  Satan is always lying in wait – on either side of our ships of faith.  Waiting for us to trip and fall overboard – catching us at will in his snares of sin again (1 Timothy 3:7, 2 Timothy 2:26).  Yes, drifting is a very dangerous state to be in as a believer.

It puts us in a constant state of flux – floating between things of the world and Word – whichever has our focus at any given time (Colossians 3:2). Our faith can get tossed to and fro – from being fervent to feigned, and back again – perhaps depending on how our life with the Lord seems to be personally favoring us at the present time.  We have no definitive direction each day.

We can still feel lost as Christians – if a lot of our godly devotion is still being determined by the want of worldly gifts and rewards (Isaiah 1:23).  We’re leaning one day on our own worldly understanding – then leaning back to the Lord when we don’t understand what’s going on (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Back and forth we go until the storm hits.  Then we’re tossed to and fro – and not sure where to go anymore.

If our constant compass as Christians is not Jesus, if we have not turned complete control over to the shepherd and bishop of our souls (1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:7) – and we don’t have a good conscience about our current course, it probably won’t be long before our faith is finally shipwrecked (1 Timothy 1:19).  Our boats of belief break apart because we had no true ballast to keep them grounded.  We’re set adrift.  Some may already be there.

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– I (Jesus) have yet many things to say to you – but you cannot bear them now. – John 16:12

– I have long considered it one of God‘s greatest mercies that the future is hidden from us.  If it were not – life would surely be unbearable. – Eugene Forsey

Have you ever demanded someone tell you the truth – no matter what; even from a close loved one? Then they did – and it caught you off guard?  It wasn’t anything close to what you expected – and it hurt a bit; or a lot?  Deep, hidden feelings came gushing forth like a geyser – and you discovered the person you thought you may have known so well, wasn’t that person anymore?

Their truth may have been unbearable – and your heart felt like it had been broken; because you had been believing their lies.  This is a wonderful time to turn to the God of truth – for He is near to those with broken hearts (Psalm 34:18).  However, His real truth, which is always without lie (Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18, 1 John 2:27), can still bother us –  even to the point of being unbearable at times.

It can make us squirm a little bit in our seats with a sense of discomfort.  It can prick our hearts (Acts 2:37).  It can challenge lies we’ve been living – but living them so long and well, we’ve convinced ourselves they are truths – because they don’t inconvenience us, or interrupt our worldly plans.  As John Steinbeck wrote in “East of Eden, “A lie is a device for profit or escape.”

It doesn’t make it a truth just because we like it. Twisting God’s truth into something away from His original meaning and intent – for our worldly profit or escape – is perversion (Jeremiah 23:36, Galatians 1:7).  Unbearable means unable to be tolerated. Perversion sounds like such an ugly word – but it’s used far more in reference to sexual deviance – than spiritual.  We shouldn’t tolerate either one.

Spending our brief time here demanding answers from God as to why things happen or don’t happen, is unwise – especially if it’s a condition we place on Him before fully committing our lives to Christ.  If so, won’t the Cross be too heavy to bear (Luke 14:27)? Although God requires all that happens in our past (Ecclesiastes 3:15) – it is not for us to know the times or seasons He has put in His power (Acts 1:7).

Some of our days will seem like we won’t be able to endure – another definition of unbearable.  We don’t know if we can tolerate another trial or tough time. Yes, to every thing there is a season – and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). However, they are always for His reasons – and His pleasure alone; not ours (Isaiah 46:10, Revelation 4:11).

Even though Christ did not open the full truth and understanding of Scripture to the disciples until just before ascending into heaven after the resurrection – it didn’t keep them from following Jesus while he lived (Luke 24:45).  Steinbeck also wrote in East of Eden, “There is more beauty in truth – even if it is a dreadful beauty.”  The dreadful beauty of God’s truth was Christ had to die for us.

Just because the disciples didn’t understand at first why Jesus had to be glorified – didn’t make God’s truth a lie (John 12:16).  Imagine how unbearable it must have been for Him to watch Christ bear our sins – how painfully His truth was wounded and bruised for all of our transgressions against Him (Isaiah 53:5).  However, He did it all because of His tremendous love for us (John 3:16).

Our Father’s ways and thoughts are not ours.  Just as heaven is higher than earth – so are His thoughts and ways higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).  The depth of His riches, wisdom, and knowledge, are way past our ever finding out here on earth.  Who among us knows His mind – or has been His counselor (Romans 11:33-34)?  Could we really bear the entire truth of our lives if He told us now?

We live in a world of unbearable lies at times – and Satan is their father.  The devil cannot abide in any truth – for there is no truth in him to be found (John 8:44).  We are extremely wise when we realize we are not going to know the total truth about our lives until we meet Him.  For it will be the first time we will truly be able to bear His light (1 Timothy 6:16)  – and finally know for sure we’re not being lied to anymore.

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– Declaring the end from the beginning – and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand – and I shall do all My pleasure.” – Isaiah 46:10

– That which has been – is now; and that which is to be – has already been … and God requires that which is past. – Ecclesiastes 3:15

God declared the end of this earth from the very beginning (lead verse).  There is never anything new under His sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The Lord has seen it all before; and has already seen what is coming down the road.  Known to God are all His works from the beginning – they were finished by Him before He started – before He formed the foundation of this planet (Acts 15:18, Hebrews 4:3).

Whatever has happened in this world, or to us in the past – good, bad, or in-between – was required by Him (second lead verse).  What is coming in the future requires faith (Hebrews 11:1).  If we ever definitively decide we know before He does – that is prejudging and presumption (Proverbs 27:1, James 4:14).  All things must pass per His judgement, including us (Hebrews 9:27) – His way; not ours.

Everything past, present, or future – has to have purpose – or how else would He be qualified to judge us daily (Zephaniah 3:5) – or this world when the time comes (Romans 3:5-6)?  Would we want a Creator to make peace – then create war, without any cause to do so (Isaiah 45:7)?  As if our just God did such “just because” – without any justification. Don’t some people still seem to believe this?

Everything that happens to us or this planet each day – or doesn’t happen, is going perfectly and precisely according to His plan from the beginning of the world.  Just because life isn’t going perfectly and precisely according to our own personal plans, in our own little worlds; even within the church – doesn’t make us right – and God wrong (1 Chronicles 13:4, Proverbs 21:2).

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Give us this day our daily bread. – Luke 11:3

– “Behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water – but of hearing the words of the Lord.” – Amos 8:11

The Bible is our living water – and our daily bread (John 7:38, lead verse).  It is where we get our faith (Romans 10:17).  If our souls are not receiving their sustenance from Scripture, then where?  What are we feeding our hearts with, and filling up on?  If not the justice and truths of the Word – first its spiritual milk, then meat (1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 5:14) – won’t our food be the junk and lies of this world?

Is our nourishment coming from its seemingly endless needs and wants?  Those God has already assured us He will provide – knowing what they are beforehand – so we don’t have to worry about them (Psalm 23:1, Matthew 6:8, Philippians 4:19, 1 Peter 5:7).  Or, manna from heaven – from which He can divide and multiply the most minutest of morsels – and feed multitudes with (Matthew 14:19-21).

Without partaking of God’s daily bread – our lives can become stale and stagnant.  We can start to stumble as they begin to crumble – and we trip over the very wreckage of worldly lives we built up for ourselves. Ones we may have thought would fill our souls once and for all.  But, we’re starving for satisfaction once again – food to ease the hunger pains in our hearts.

People all over this planet are suffering from physical hunger – much of it caused by famine.  However, there seems to be a greater drought – a spiritual one created by a lack of hope in many human hearts – and a sense of no way out.  As believers, our job is to put our hands to the plow – sowing seeds of salvation – and not looking back (Luke 9:62).

Our seed is God’s Word (Luke 8:11).  Our message is the Messiah – all of mankind’s only hope of being made partakers of His eternal and heavenly meal – a supper being prepared for those of us who seek out the poor, maimed, halt and blind (Luke 14:16-24). Blessed are we who do this, and who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15).

Our Father is long-suffering towards all – but He has limits (2 Peter 3:9).  The time is coming when God will send a famine in the land – a famine for hearing His Word (second lead verse).  And people shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north to the east; they shall run to and fro seeking it – and not be able to find it (Amos 8:12).

The clock is ticking closer to the midnight hour when our bridegroom in Christ returns (Matthew 25:6).  A heavenly banquet awaits.  Where there will be no more hunger or thirst – no pains of starvation, no parchment from lack of water – ever again (Revelation 7:16).  Let’s help others become partakers of eternal bread – before it’s too late.

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– He gives power to the faint – and to them that have no might, He increases strength. – Isaiah 40:29

– Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?  Are we stronger than He? – 1 Corinthians 10:22

This world tends to tell us we have to be tough and strong to make it through these lives on earth.  We can’t show any sign of external weakness – even though we may be wondering inside how much longer we’re going to be able to take everything life throws at us – which can be a lot; at the times we may want it the least.  But – we have no power to do anything – except by that which comes from above (John 19:11, Acts 17:28).

Are we provoking God to jealousy (second lead verse) – if or when we try to be “tougher-than nails?”?  As if He was admiring our self-perceived power and strength.  Whenever we believe we are wise and mighty in our worldly ways – and can weather any storm thrown at us by our own strength and smarts, we’ll that’s conceit.  We’re not admitting weakness.  And, we’ll most likely end up being confounded (Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 12:16, 1 Corinthians 1:27).

This is not why God hung Jesus on the Cross – so the Son of man could be tougher than nails for all of us – all the time.  We can’t just hand things over to Him only when we’re tired of doing so – finally weary of having to be strong all the time – to prove or show to others we are not wimps.  God’s grace is only sufficient – and His mighty strength is only perfected in our weakness – when we glory in our infirmities, not our invincibility (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Only when we admit we are weak in the world, can God be strong through His Word – so the power of Christ can rest upon us (2 Corinthians 12:10).  If we pass on His power within us as Christians (Romans 13:2) – because we still prefer trying to prevail through thick and thin by ourselves, hanging on to handling life our way – He’ll probably keep right on letting us thinking we are strong without Him. That’s pride – and God resists anyone like that (James 4:6).

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– We are unprofitable servants – we have done that which was our duty to do. – Luke 17:10

Duty is a moral or legal obligation to do something – something beyond self – something beyond a desire for any personal profit or praise.  Those who serve in the military are bound by an oath to obey the orders of those appointed over them.  If one is commanded to do something – it is done without contention or complaining.  Disputes can cause personal discomfort – or widespread disaster.

There are negative consequences to consider for any deliberate disobedience.  When one is told to move to a new “duty” station – one moves; without arguing over it – about it not “being a good time” to do so. The military has a need and reason for one to transfer somewhere else  – even if it is not personally convenient.  Spouses, children, and personal belongings have to be left behind sometimes.

As Christians, we are to obey all things God commands us to do – without murmurings and dispute (Philippians 2:14) – or there are negative consequences to consider.  If the Lord – through the Holy Spirit – tells us to move, we move.  It may not be the most convenient time for us in the world … it’s always the right moment per His Word.

Conditional obedience to God is disobedience.  It’s saying we’ll serve a little – then wait for someone to serve us back.  That makes us profitable de-servants of self – not unprofitable servants of others (Luke 17:7-10).  We’ll do our duty – as long as we get what we think is “due” back to us.  Our whole duty is to fear God and keep all His commandments; not just some (Ecclesiastes 12:13, James 2:10).

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– All day long have I stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. – Romans 10:21

The Lord is my shepherd – I shall not want. – Psalm 23:1

All of use are to give thanks always, for all things unto God (Ephesians 5:20).  Not just for all the things we always want to have in this world – at any given point in time.  Any desire to gain goods – and the good of this world; and then receiving such – is not a reason to say we love the Lord – because He has answered our prayers accordingly in this regard. This creates a very conditional Christian.  It leads to disobedience.

Where our contentment and faith is founded on how much we can get from Him – and how many blessings He can bestow on us because we call ourselves believers.  How difficult will this make it for us to give as purposed in our hearts – from such things as we already have.  With cheer – not grudgingly, or out of any necessity for ourselves in return (2 Corinthians 8:11-14, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Hebrews 13:5)

Only by pride comes contention (Proverbs 13:10).  If we’re not content with our wages, or trying to exact more than what God has already appointed us – won’t we become contentious; desiring gain  – and becoming ungodly in the process (Luke 3:13-14, 1 Timothy 6:6)?  This can create a very bumpy walk with God; like we’re on a roller-coaster ride – where we’re never content in our current state (Philippians 4:11).

Our souls soar high when our eyes are satisfied with worldly things (Proverbs 27:20) – then sink when we suffer loss; especially people we don’t want to leave yet.  This world whizzes by daily with all its wants and temptations – and it can make us dizzy with desire.  If we long for such things – and base our love of the Lord on getting them, how can we count it all as loss in order to gain Him (Philippians 3:7-8)?

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– And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32

– Pilate said unto him (Jesus), “What is truth?” – John 18:38

A man is on trial for murder.  Under oath, many witnesses come forth to give complete and truthful testimony.  The jury then goes to deliberate.  A unanimous guilty verdict is reached.  When the sentence is handed down by the judge – it’s death. A pardon is out of the question.  There is no escape.

Truth has not freed him  So how can God’s truth set us free?  From what?  This man was going to die because of it.  Outside of prison before his crime, he wasn’t in bondage to anyone – now he was bound to die by truth.  By our understanding, knowing truth this way doesn’t make much sense (Proverbs 3:5-6).

The Jews who Jesus was speaking to (lead verse), also could not figure out what Christ was talking about in regards to truth.  How could it free them if they had never been in bondage to any man?  They could not believe anything Jesus was telling them about truth (John 8:33,45-46).

Truth can set us free – or sentence us to die.  How can it possibly be both?  Because truth is a judgment – a verdict.  It’s saying something is or isn’t – without any room for doubt.  Isn’t that what we really want from truth?  Isn’t it why we want people to tell the whole truth and nothing but it in court?

The word verdict comes from the old Anglo-French “verdit” – meaning “to say a truth”.  Christ often prefaced parables and teachings with the word “verily”, or “truly”.  It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), so Jesus could only say what was true – or wasn’t – without error.

We are all appointed once to die (Hebrews 9:27).  It’s God’s verdict against us from our very first day on earth.  Although He has not appointed us to wrath, Scripture has concluded all are under sin – carrying with it the sentence of death (1 Thessalonians 5:9, Galatians 3:22, 2 Corinthians 1:9).

Our Father hung the only truth on the Cross.  So we would no longer trust in ourselves, nor in our desperately wicked and deceitful heats any more – but in the One who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:9, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 28:26).  We can’t deliver ourselves from the grave.

By God’s grace Christ tasted death for all men (Hebrews 2:9).  Jesus took the place of sin on the Cross.  Christ became our pardon from death, becoming the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for the sins of the world – while we were all yet sinners (1 John 2:2, Romans 5:8).

Jesus took part of flesh and blood like us, so through death he might destroy him who had the power of death – the devil.  To deliver us all from our fear of death, which we are in bondage to all our lives.  To free us from death’s finality, through God’s truth (Hebrews 2:14-15).

We’ve been turned from the power of darkness, and the father of all lies (John 8:44, Acts 26:18), unto the promise of deliverance through our Father’s truth.  But, death will be the last enemy to be destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:26).  We’re not free from the devil yet (1 Peter 5:8-9).

We will be freed from the grave by God’s grace – and through our faith in Jesus.  However, this grace will brought to us at the revelation of Christ (1 Peter 1:13).  We are not free in the meantime to grieve God by sinning more as believers – so His grace can abound more (Romans 6:1).

Whenever there is new-found freedom in life, there is the very real potential of it being abused and misused.  The meaning of liberty can be lost through misinterpretation.  Between what the grantor or giver of it intended – and what the recipient decides for themselves it means.

Discipline gets degraded this way.  Teenagers who first get their license to drive may often feel like they can go anywhere – and do anything they want, because their travels are no longer under direct parental oversight.  It is a similar scene when kids leave home for college.

We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us by faith as believers (Ephesians 3:17).  Jesus Christ is that Spirit – and where the Spirit is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).  We are to stand fast – not becoming entangled again in a yoke of bondage to this world (Galatians 5:1, 2 Corinthians 7:10).

We have been freed from the pollution of this world – by the Word of truth.  This is by knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – who overcame the world (John 16:33).  If we become entangled in it again and overcome – our end is worse than the beginning (2 Peter 2:20-21).

The Lord’s liberty is not a license to turn us loose, and turn His grace into lasciviousness (Jude 4).  God tells us to take heed, lest our freedom become a stumbling block to those who are weak (1 Corinthians 8:9).  It is not to be used as a covering for evil either (2 Peter 2:16).

We are to use this liberty to be God’s servants. Serving Him by serving one another in love (2 Peter 2:16, Galatians 5:13).  If we look into this perfect law of liberty and continue in it – not being forgetful hearers, but doers of the work – we shall be blessed in our deeds (James 1:25).

Once creatures, we’ve been delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of becoming God’s children (Romans 8:21).  If we use free will to sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of His truth – we’re not wise.  There is no more sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:26).

God brings His judgement to light every morning (Zephaniah 3:5).  A verdict is reached as to whether His mercy will keep us waking each day – or if we are cut off without remedy (Zephaniah 3:5, Lamentations 3:22-23, Proverbs 29:1).  It is His truth which continually preserves us (Psalm 40:11).

If the Son has set us free, we are free indeed (John 8:36).  However, we have to remain steadfast in our faith until the end to be made partakers of Christ (Hebrews 3:6,14).  If we ever hold God’s truth in unrighteousness, we can become subject to His wrath (Romans 1:18).

We can start serving the creature again – more than the Creator – turning His truth back to a lie (Romans 1:25).  Having been enlightened, and having tasted of the heavenly gift, we can still fall away to where it’s impossible for God to renew us again to repentance (Hebrews 6:4-6).

This is like hanging Christ back on the Cross and subjecting God to open shame (Hebrews 6:6).  For things such as these, He has the power to turn us over to reprobate minds – and do things we might think we could never do  – and long to be free of once again (Romans 1:28-32).

Witnesses came forth in the first paragraph above – their truthful testimony meant a mortal man would be killed for his crime.  Though Christ gave truthful testimony about mortal man, some wanted to kill him, for committing nothing worthy of death (John 8:40, Luke 23:15).

Man’s testimony in a human court can send a man to die.  God’s testimony from His heavenly court; the crucifixion and resurrection of His only Son – sets us free from death.  It doesn’t set us free to do whatever we want in the world – or with the Word – as Christians.

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