KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:13, ” For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
Our key scripture informs us that we have been called unto liberty.
There are certain liberties that our salvation which has brought us into the grace of God, has given to us as Christians. Colossians 2:20-22 ” Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?”
Our place in Christ have set us free from all these ordinances and customary laws, yet not from God’s moral laws. Our key scripture admonishes us not to use our liberties as an occasion for the flesh. The law came so man could realise his flesh can’t meet God’s standards. God’s plan is for man to live by his spirit which has been recreated by him. Anything that causes man to function and to be dominated by the flesh leads him away from fellowship with the Lord.
God’s reason for creating us is to fellowship with us. Jesus said the time cometh when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) .Worship here entails every aspect of our life. The word is fellowship. The flesh always put man outside coverage area from the Father. It deprives God of his number one desire for creating men that is, to have fellowship with men. God fellowships with men as the Spirit of God functions through men. The Lord then advises us as follows “This I say then, walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. Galatians 5:16.
We must not use our liberties as an occasion for the flesh. There are a lot of Christians who claim they are living under grace so they do whatever their flesh tells them: these people claim God’s grace abounds when sin abounds. Please if you talk or think this way then you have no spiritual and scriptural understanding.
Please listen carefully, the fall of man was simply a shifting from living by the spirit to be dominated by the flesh. When man’s flesh leads him Satan has total mystery over man. The bible said man becomes an enemy of God if he gets fleshy or carnal.
Dear child of God please heed to the advice of the Holy Spirit use not your liberties as an occasion to satisfy the flesh.
I am born of the Spirit to live by the Spirit in order to please my Father. I will never give any occasion to the flesh to control me.
Galatians 5:17-18 ” For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
Romans 8:7-8 ” Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God”.