Abide in Freedom – Pastor Chris Horsley

John 8:31–So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word[continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.

This is a powerful statement that Jesus makes to the Jews who claimed to believe in Him.  Jesus may have known the belief of the Jews was shallow.  So He challenges their belief in what it means to follow Him and tries to deepen their understanding.

I love how Jesus is constantly challenging us as believers!  To go deeper. To grow.  To challenge what it means to follow Him.

We can’t stay in one place. Jesus is telling us to obey, remain faithful, and abide in the teaching of Christ.

I believe Jesus does this to us today.  He wants us to deeper understand what it means to follow Him.

And what a challenge it is!!

The NLT says “remain faithful to my teachings.”

Faithful is a powerful word.  Abide. True to the teachings and ways of Christ. This is what Jesus is calling us as followers to do, to live.

Pride says, “I don’t need to change.  I am fine right where I am.”

Humility not only admits when we are wrong but also that we have room to grow.  And I believe we as followers of Christ always need to be growing!

Know. We can’t do and remain if we don’t know the Word of God.  That is where true knowledge begins.

John 8:32— “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

DO.  As disciples and followers of Jesus, we don’t just know it, but we live it.  We act and live according to the words of Jesus.

This is a disciple.

And the reward and blessings of living according to His Word and His ways are immense.

We are free from bondage and the penalty of sin to liberty!

Tenney words this progression well:

Basically, this implies a progression from ignorance to knowledge, from error to truth, and from slavery to liberty!!

What a Lord we have!  In following Him, abiding in Him, and living it, we find freedom!

Freedom is priceless and where it is present almost any kind of life is enjoyable. When it is absent life can never be enjoyed; it can only be endured.  A.W. Tozer

As we go today and the rest of this week, what areas is Jesus challenging you to grow In?

Also, if you start to feel down, remember the freedom we have because of Jesus!!

Have a great day!!

 

 

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