Love, Obedience, Freedom

February 18, 2014

Friends,
Israeliteindeed’s recent post, found here: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/reciprocal-love/ is excellent and below are some of her statements I highlighted from it.

There are thousands–perhaps millions–of people who claim to love God while they live and behave in ways that make God sick and angry. Not only do they not reverence Him or do anything He says, they hate and hurt one another…

However, men given over to the lusts of their own flesh despise authority. They want to be in charge of their own lives so they can do whatever seems good to them. Since they also want to be religious, they have decided for themselves that the love of God is something other than what the Word of God says. They have re-defined the love of God…

…True faith manifests as obedience to God because true faith recognizes that God is the wisest, kindest, and best Authority there is; and the only correct response to that authority is obedience…

If we are still trying to please ourselves, we have not yet been crucified with Christ to this world and our flesh. This is why we have no resurrection power to overcome the world. We still do not recognize that our self-centeredness is harmful to everyone–we are contributing to the world’s problems rather than being useful to God as a guiding light and healing salt in the world…

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble…

I, too, love the words of the song she posted –here: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/a-song-of-freedom/ What glorious freedom we are invited to partake in! Out of the bondage, all captives can definitely come! If they believe it. Therefore, “Come out, Captives! Come out of the dark realm! And walk free!” (Isa. 49:9)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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