The Spirit of FREEDOM

THOUGHT:
Every child grows up with rules but these are not intended to cause restriction. We are meant to learn the appropriate way to live and respond to others around us. The more we automatically live by these boundaries, the more freedom we experience. We usually only feel the restrictions with the boundaries we don’t want to keep.

God gives all of us boundaries so that we can experience true freedom in our lives. The more we love Him, the more these boundaries are automatic for us. We only feel the restriction of the boundaries we want to break. A rebellious community is not a free community. They are bound by their wickedness.

The Holy Spirit wishes to lead us in a loving relationship with God the Father. He wants to write the law of God on our hearts (conscience) so we have a willingness to live a life that pleases God.

When we love God from the heart we don’t need a rule book for life, because we automatically live the rule book of life.

In the early stages of Christianity there is a strange tension going on. We experience an incredible friendship with a loving God but also feel the need to change some of our behavior. It’s easy to focus on the things we should say no to instead of focusing on saying yes to what the Spirit of God is desiring of us.

I am most free when I am most like God.

TIME TO THINK:
Am I more focused on what I need to change or on friendship with God?

PRAYER:
Father, thank you for saving me and wanting relationship with me. Help me to focus more on my relationship with You than on all the things I need to change. Lead me by Your Spirit into all the changes You have for me. Amen.

5 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

5 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

1. Spend time with people who want to spend time with you.
2. Choose your friends very carefully. (Love everyone, but be selective with who you share your secrets.)
3. Create distance from people you don’t trust
4. Sincerely forgive people and move on.
5. Pay close attention to those who are close to you “and” close to everyone who dislikes you.

The better you are at what you do, the more you are getting on “somebody’s” nerves!
Thank you Pastor Jay Patrick for these simple steps!!