I would like to share on the subject of freedom in which we must stand.
The philosophical definition of freedom is “there is no absolute freedom.” But this is the definition of human philosophy. It is clear that death and disease “stand in the way” of each man’s freedom.
But Christ said that there is true freedom, which a man can obtain here on earth, and which is the fruit of knowing the Living God in the person of Jesus.
Even freedom from fear – each person experiences it deep inside and each – on different topics.
Freedom is a powerful force.
First of all, the Lord sets us free by His truth.
I see how an Angel of God came out of the Eastern Gates, and in his hand he had a bowl half filled with coals.
Another Angel of God was walking towards the former one, as if replacing him. He also had a bowl filled with fiery water in his hands. The water poured over the edge of the bowl, spilling onto the ground. When water spilled on the ground, it burned everything in one area, but all things flourished in another. It couldn’t be recognized on the physical level – it could only be understood by the spirit.
A bowl half filled with coals means a lack of prayer. The Lord shows that our lives are not filled with prayer. This limits some of the actions of God, if the cup is not full.
Today we are talking about the change of Angels, things that will happen.
The Lord said so in Deuteronomy offering to choose blessing or curse. And we believe that in the most troubled times there are people whom the Lord blesses, and there are those who are judged. In times of crises and judgments, the pressure of the Divine heavens increases and the number of nations that are involved in this action grows.
“…but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:8-9).
The Lord is the Liberator! Why are you in bondage? The Lord blesses for a thousand generations. It means that the time period of this Word is not over yet.
This is said not only to the Jewish people, but to those who love Him and keep the commandments to a thousand generations.
We need to take that freedom with all our heart today and walk in it.
“…I will walk at liberty, for I seek your precepts” (Psalms 119:45).
This is a decision – to walk freely. There are a lot of dangers in the street, man is exposed to “multi-layered” stress. But the decision for courageous people is to walk freely. Even by your pace it can be said what kind of person you are. Walk freely! Don’t slouch, straighten your shoulders. Walk like you’re about to take off.
A person who is free inside speaks different words about the Gospel, gives different emphasis. It doesn’t depend on the thickness of the wallet, it depends on the spirit of faith.
“…To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:6-14).
There are families where the husband oppresses the wife or vice versa. It is very important that there are free people around you. Freedom is a sign that love is true. If you trust your neighbor, don’t control and don’t reproach. Control is one type of oppression. Let them go free!
Jesus said, “The sons of the Kingdom are free.” Jesus raised free people. It is difficult to make a slave free. And we were all slaves – our habits, people’s opinions… We bring it with us – the lack of culture, our opinion about everything – we carry it and impose it on others. But we must be free.
Today is the time of the New Man – not the old one. You have to be a New Man, made in the image of God.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
Preaching to people should set them free, not enslave.
Sometimes the gospel is preached in such a way that people get enslaved. This is not radiant light. Radiant light shines from the Mercy Seat.
Our Gospel is to let people go, set them free, set them free for the love of God. Reconsider your evangelism – how you encourage people to love God – to love the way his heart says, the way he was created.
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:31-32, 36).
Son of God! Make us free! Receive the truth, it makes you free. God’s truth comes into our hearts, and we are made free from our opinions, from the opinions of people, the voices of the devil, the voices of the flesh, from the philosophy of the world, which enslaves us.
“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:25).
Freedom has a law – to liberate. Liberate with truth. The Gospel is the law of liberty. The Gospel of truth sets you free.
It is so easy to “crush down” into the slavery system. People often willingly enter the sphere of obedience to man. But for a leader with an uncircumcised heart – this is not useful. He thinks that this is love, but this is slavery, because people want to be slaves again.
They want to go back to Egypt, they want to be told what to do. They find it difficult to use grace to take the initiative. The leader calls this obedience and unity, but this is slavery. When a person has no creative initiative to create, he walks in slavery. Examine yourselves – do you stand in freedom.
“… that the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).
All creation is expecting liberty. Glorious liberty of the children of God – think about it. Church of the glorious liberty of the children of God – this is the atmosphere in which we must abide in. But many can’t contain this fullness.
“For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave” (1 Corinthians 7:22).
Free from philosophies, strongholds, different opinions.
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men” (1 Corinthians 7:23).
“The Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Obedience for the sake of man is slavery. But this freedom is the highest form of unity. The more accurately you understand the Word, the higher the level of unity we will have. We will meet in unity at Calvary.
“…and Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26).
I am free to love God to infinity. I am free to love my neighbor to infinity. All I can do for my neighbor is love to death. And for the Lord – until death, even giving all of myself in eternity.
In the Jerusalem above, all are free! There are no slaves who were “driven into paradise”. There everything is voluntary and meant to love. This is the city of liberty.
Look to Christ and thus live and walk with a royal pace.
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty, only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
Become free, make yourself free, abide in freedom, walk in it.
Many are not free because of their age, figure, facial features, nationality. Different things of unfreedom build your line of conduct. If this is not our true self, we’re on the wrong track. But our character and appearance are formed.
Today the Lord desires our deliverance. It is self-acceptance through Christ. The Lord accepts us the way we are. Why should we be afraid of people? An unfree person will convey fear. But a free one accepted himself, he worked to accept himself – and power emanates from him, beauty, which is of God.
Look at Mary Magdalene – do you think everyone was happy to see her free? She, contrary to the reputation of her past life, followed Christ. Look at Paul – he was a persecutor of the church, Barnabas had to intercede for him. David after the fall – wicked people immediately rose up to slander, but David continues to rule with a strong hand and establish the temple to set everything right.
Some of us are after their fall – stand in the freedom that Christ gave us! If the Lord accepted, you confessed, the priests prayed for you, you have the testimony of Christ that you are accepted – you don’t have to run after people, you must go triumphant yourself.
Peter, after his apostasy, continues the ministry of the supreme Apostle. Ezekiah, after the wicked rule of his father, rises and begins to put everything right, contrary to the opinion of people.
These are people of freedom. They weren’t driven by their complexes in their lives. Receive the freedom and the Kingdom of the sons of God. After the fall and during the “bullying” you behave with dignity.
So, stand in freedom, walk in freedom, abide in freedom, multiply freedom and set people free!
We are called to freedom, brothers!