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Monday, August 16, 2010 @ 6:09:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Freedom!! A powerful cry that rang out from Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart. William Wallace and his followers were willing to battle and even die for "freedom" from oppression. I was recently talking with my friend Brad about how difficult it is to consistently walk with a sense of freedom rather than living a life based on striving and driving ourselves.

It is especially perplexing that freedom is so elusive since Jesus calls us to walk in freedom. The Apostle Paul says it very eloquently:

Galatians 5:1 "Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you." (The Message translation)

The freedom Paul is talking about is freedom from burden and oppression, not freedom to sin and do what we want. As Brad and I talked we realized though that it is not others who usually put us under burden. We are the culprits who slip into a harness of slavery placing ourselves under stress, being our own worst task masters.

There are many reasons that this happens in my life but one of the reasons became clearer this week as I was reading a novel, "Home To Holly Springs" by Jan Karon. It is a follow up to the popular Mitford series she wrote about Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest. Father Timothy has returned to his home town after many years and is warmly received and invited to spend a few nights with new friends. He is thinking to himself and says:

"How could he ever repay these good men who'd been sent by the Almighty as surely as manna had been sent for the tribes? Grace can't be repaid, his wife was known to remind him."

So the question I am asking myself is: how much of my activity, striving and self-imposed burden is because I am trying to repay the wonderful grace that God has extended to me? Or am I walking in freedom with my activities flowing out of my relationship with Him, listening for His direction? As a 35 year follower of Christ I have learned a lot more about discipline and obedience than walking in freedom. The truth is that I can't repay Christ for His act of grace on the Cross, so why do I keep trying in one form or another?

As the world turns, as is ones mind the races from task to task, burdensome, yet righteous. Time spent based on performance, but wholesome. Discipline and obedience teaches us line upon line, precept upon precept Gods word, His ways and thus leads one to the exact specific time in life where you stand after fighting the good fight of faith: and the lion of Judah, His holy presence beackons you on, echoing freedom through your bones. p.s.-A conscience of holiness will be ones ticket to the inner sanctuary.
Rich Spreenkel jr @ 8:18:00 AM 4/25/2011

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