Freedom to be you … the real you

January 4, 2018

“It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.” Ephesians 1:13-14 The Message

What a relief to know in your heart and in your spirit that your life is home free. It’s not made up of the things you’ve accumulated or achieved. Not only that, you’re not carrying the weight .. the everyday weight .. of having to keep everything aligned. God’s given you His Spirit to remind you of who you are in Christ. That’s important because you face a relentless stream of mixed messages everyday of who you are and what will lead you to freedom. The worst freedom you could ever discover is the one where you believe that real freedom is being secure on your own. The freedom that Christ brings into your life is not even the opposite. It’s a completely new life based on a God who is completely dependable. It doesn’t always feel completely new. There’s always an old habit .. ingrained over years .. hiding behind attitudes and circumstances. But it is new .. signed .. sealed .. and delivered. It’s not up to you. Jesus has taken full responsibility to make you holy and whole. He’s staked His life on finishing what He started in you. He’s even given you a complete picture of His finished work: a praising and glorious life. No one else can promise that kind of life.  It’s no longer you having to figure it out. Christ is your life .. your freedom .. and your promise that God won’t ever be distracted or half-hearted with you. You get all the freedom of learning how to love the life Christ is living in you. He’s working on those habits and attitudes right now. He’s good for it. It only takes a moment…

“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to followers of Jesus living in freedom. kchesterp1@gmail.com

 

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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