Steve’s Devotional – Holding the Land: Truth
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
If you are a free and bold Christian, you will face all kinds of pressure. You will be criticized. You will be looked down on as less of a Christian. You will find yourself thinking of the days when you didn’t make waves, when you were a phony, when you were dishonest…and when you were liked by everyone.
And, as a result, there will be times when you will want to go back to the very prisons you escaped from, the prisons—of failure, perfectionism, religion, the past and the like—that deprived you of your freedom in Christ.
Paul’s surprise at the Galatians should not have been a surprise when he wrote: “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel” (Galatians 1:6).
We can “slip back into the darkness” quite easily. And it’s serious business: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8). “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…” (Galatians 3:13). “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
I want to offer some help in holding the land of boldness and freedom. It is very valuable land, bought with a terrible price…the blood of Christ. Let’s check it out.
Truth holds the land.
“But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth…” (2 Corinthians 4:2). “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
When you have been in the prison long enough, you begin to see everything in terms of the prison. Every verse of the Bible becomes another condemnation. Every admonishment specifically applies to you. Every sin becomes your sin. Every statement about freedom, love and acceptance applies to someone else.
When you study the Scripture, pray that you will receive the “whole counsel of God.” Know what your Bible says. When someone claims…that you must not be a real Christian, that Christians don’t do what you’re doing, that you can never be used, that you are dirty and horrible, that God cannot understand, and that every bad thing which happens to you is God’s punishment…know the truth of what the Bible really teaches.
In other words, read those portions of the Bible which you didn’t underline.
Time to Draw Away
What is the truth? Read John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Romans 8:1,15 and Galatians 4:7. Let it sink in…deep. It is the Good News of the Gospel.