Gluttony seems to be the sin that people are rising up and noticing as of late. I’m grateful for that, as it was widely overlooked in the Body of Christ stealing energy, confidence, and even life for Kingdom work. I wonder, though, are we approaching it in a way that will bring real freedom?
Pointing out the flaw and then placing the burden of deliverance on the sinner is no different than what the Pharisees of Jesus’ day did. They kept adding to the list of rules, as they interpreted God’s commands, creating an even greater burden on the people. People who earnestly wanted to do the right thing were left in frustration, weariness, and defeat. There were over 600 commands at the time, broken into both dos and don’ts. Do you see the connection?
…Exercise at least 5 days per week. Not just five days, though. Make sure that it is at least at a moderate level. Also, it must be greater than 30 minutes. Really 60 minutes. Make sure you eat the current established amount of daily vegetables for health. Don’t eat potatoes or corn, though. Well maybe potatoes aren’t that bad, but be sure to serve them with a heaping side of guilt because we’re not sure. Limit meat. Instead, eliminate it altogether. What about soy, gluten, dairy, and – GASP – sugar?!?!? My head is spinning just thinking about it all.
We must be alert. Vanity and works of the flesh can easily sneak into the Body of Christ as many treat the problem with something other than Jesus. We can even use biblical principles, but if approached by or from ourselves it is still sin and leads to bondage. We have only one Savior and His name is Jesus. His work is finished and it is perfect.
“For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13 AMP
Recently, I struggled with gaining some weight during a tough time in my life. In the midst of trying (unsuccessfully) to pull out by “doing all the right things”, all the things I know and taught that cause weight loss, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You have confidence in the flesh and it profits you nothing.” He then began breaking this mindset that I’ve had for years. Even with the right intent of doing it for God, I was still falling on myself to do it instead of resting in the work of my Savior. The problem was getting chopped down, but the root was never actually removed.
Sometimes we think we are free when we are really still caged. I thought I was free and had most definitely reached a greater place of freedom but my Abba said, “There’s so much more, Daughter.” I believe He is beckoning us all to “so much more”. Free indeed is much more than we give it.
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2 ESV
“such are “freed from sin”; not from the being of it; nor from the burden of it; nor from a continual war with it; nor from slips and falls into it; no, not even freed from it, in the most solemn services and acts of religion; but they are freed from the dominion of it, from servitude to it, and also from the guilt of it, and from obligation to punishment on account of it: they are, as it is in the Greek text, and as the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions read, “justified from sin”.”
For he that is dead—rather, “hath died.”
is freed- “hath been set free.”
from sin- literally, “justified,” “acquitted,” “got his discharge from sin.” As death dissolves all claims, so the whole claim of sin, not only to “reign unto death,” but to keep its victims in sinful bondage, has been discharged once for all, by the believer’s penal death in the death of Christ; so that he is no longer a “debtor to the flesh to live after the flesh” (Ro 8:12).
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