Liberty and the Standards of Jesus

May 6th, 2015 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free… —Galatians 5:1

A spiritually-minded person will never come to you with the demand— “Believe this and that”; a spiritually-minded person will demand that you align your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One whom the Bible reveals (see John 5:39-40). We are called to present liberty for the conscience of others, not to bring them liberty for their thoughts and opinions. And if we ourselves are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty— the liberty that comes from realizing the absolute control and authority of Jesus Christ.Always measure your life solely by the standards of Jesus. Submit yourself to His yoke, and His alone; and always be careful never to place a yoke on others that is not of Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us to stop thinking that unless everyone sees things exactly as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. There is only one true liberty— the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.Don’t get impatient with others. Remember how God dealt with you— with patience and with gentleness. But never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, “Go…and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19), not, “Make converts to your own thoughts and opinions.”

May 6 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, thank you for confirmation that relationship is what we are to seek from You and that the Holy Spirit deals with all of us differently.

And God says…”Sometimes My children get so wrapped up in church, or “spiritual” related activities that they forget that the main thing is the main thing; Jesus. For just a moment consider that your intimate relationship with Jesus is the main thing. And that sometimes you can be all caught up in helping others believe as you believe instead of finding connection and relationship. I may show you a truth, but that does not mean I need for you to make it your spiritual priority to show that truth to everyone. Simply show them Jesus by living in relationship with Me. You may not even be conscious of it.  Through your surrender and connection you will live in relationship and that will shine through….mostly when you are unaware.”


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