The hallmark of being a Christian is freedom. We see this all through the New Testament. Jesus said, ” You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The Bible says that if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36). “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). However, sometimes people lose their freedom in Christ. This week’s message is about how to avoid the traps that keep us from becoming all that God wants us to be.
AVOIDING THE FREEDOM TRAPS
Message by Todd Lester – Sunday, July 12, 2015
Galatians 5:1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Galatians 1:7 You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
THREE SUBTLE TRAPS
1. BEWARE OF BECOMING A PERFECTIONIST
Galatians 3:1,3 Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? … After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
2. BEWARE OF BECOMING A LEGALIST
Galatians 4:8-10 So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favour with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years.
Romans 10:3-4 For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with Himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in Him are made right with God.
Galatians 4:15 Where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then?
Galatians 5:14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
3. BEWARE OF BECOMING A CONFORMIST
Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap.
Galatians 5:7-8 You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for He is the one who called you to freedom.
2 Corinthians 10:12 Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Colossians 2:6 Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him.