Book 2 – Freedom Thru Obedience
Continuing by God’s grace, Jesus teaches us, throughout our life, how to “Walk in & by the Spirit and not carry out any desires of the flesh”
One of the first things we learn in life is to walk with our bodies on a weak little pair of legs that do not know what to do, where to go, or how to get there. We soon discover that those weak little legs have to go through an arduous training process, and be put into consistent operation, requiring a lot of patience and practice. We fall down, we hit the floor, we bounce our heads off tables & walls, causing bumps & bruises, and, as a consequence, we experience significant pain at times. This process of learning to walk with our bodies goes on for at least several months, and for some of us, can take a couple of years. But, at some point, we work through all the difficulties, and pass a threshold where walking actually becomes effortless….. we no longer have to even think about how to walk…. we just do it….!
And, so it is, with sometimes amazing similarity – learning to walk in & by the Spirit….!
This is where your initial experience of spiritual freedom advances to the pinnacle of living life to the fullest.....
This is also where the “Freedom thru Obedience” – book 2 begins…..Walking in & by the Spirit……Learning how to effectively “work out your salvation with fear & trembling…..” Like it says in Phil. 2:12-13. Employing some forward thinking and advanced techniques designed to enhance & optimize your understanding & comprehension of how you can cooperate with the Holy Spirit more consistently & effectively, as He sanctifies you on a daily basis…… Developing & establishing a deep, “life-groove” of surrendering & submitting your will to Christ, way more than you have been able to do in your past. Learning and honing a new way to really enjoy walking with God as you make him the “Lord & Master of your life” as well as being your Savior, Teacher & Coach…….The Apostle Paul said it like this:
Walking in & by the Spirit…… You will be challenged, and those challenges will be revealed as you pursue the unique expression of spiritual freedom that you can only develop through obedience to the commands of Christ. God has a unique “Calling” for you…… His Good Purpose for your life, in service to His kingdom.
You will be challenged……and you will discover that when the world sends trouble & tribulation your way, you will find a new refuge from it within that good purpose that Jesus calls you to in your life.