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When You Want to be Free

Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. – {Gal 4:7 NKJV}

We always struggle for freedom.  We fight to get out from under the law, and when we find Christ sometimes we still fight.

Fight to be better, do better, live and love better.

We struggle to make fewer mistakes so that our family will be happier.

We live as though the goal in life is to make God love us more, or make our spouse, friends, or children love us more.

What more do we want from Christ’s atonement?

A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I pray, “Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer— I will walk rightly before You if You will help me.” But I cannotmake myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to surrender all my rights and demands, and cease from every self-effort. I must leave myself completely alone in His hands ~ Oswald Chambers

I cannot make myself right with God anymore than I can free myself from the bondage of sin.  Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe.

I’m reminding myself of this constantly, and praying to show this to my kids – that we are not good but God is.  We are not good and we can’t try harder or work more to become good.  There is so much tension in trying to be good.  

I just want to be His.

 


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4 thoughts on “When You Want to be Free

  1. How timely is your post for me. I’ve been struggling with this very thing, fully accepting God’s love for me without performing or earning it. Thank you for this! Loved that quote!

  2. “We are not good but God is” – coupled with explaining it to our kids – oh, I keep trying. My boys see me fail, behave gracelessly and I repent to God and to them – I have realized that in the repenting, the getting back up and living God’s love – they find their way to the Father when they fail. But it is a hard thing because we never want our children to see us fail. It’s almost an oxymoron but not quite.

    • I agree. We tell our kids that it all depends on Christ and the cross, but yet we want to be their super-heroes? I often pray that my kids will forget the mistakes and remember the love!

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