Grace: Freedom to Live as We Ought To

Freedom is a very precious possession. Every created thing desires and enjoys freedom whether it is an animal in a cage, an insect in a jar, or a dog on a leash. It is no different for human beings. The problem is all mankind was sold into the slavery of sin, satan, and the curse when Adam fell in the Garden of Eden. We would all be slaves now and forever with no hope of deliverance if it hadn’t been for God sending Jesus to set us free.
Whom the Son sets free is free indeed (Jn. 8:36). As born again believers we are free from sin, satan, and the curse.

We are free from sin’s penalty, power, and one day of its presence.

We are free from keeping the Law of Moses to merit salvation.

We are free from the traditions of men and man-made religious rules.

We are free from the enslaving law of sin and death.

We are free from the carnal judgments of men and the fear of man.

We are free from having to conform to the spirit of this world and all of its philosophies, theories, and vain deceits.

We are free from sickness, disease, and infirmities.

We are free from every demonic force and power. All of this freedom was purchased for us in Jesus paying the redemption price (Rm. 3:24; Eph. 1:7) and all made available by the exceeding grace of God. We didn’t earn it, work for it, nor deserve it, but it is ours.

We are now free to live as we ought to (by God’s will and standard) not as we want to (by self will and our standard).

Now by the grace of God we’re free to serve, free to obey the Word; free to be led by His Spirit; free to choose to be submitted to God’s rule; free to live holy and righteously; free to share the glorious Gospel in all the world; free to walk in anointing power and supernatural gifts; free to walk in the wisdom of God, have the mind of Christ, and be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.

Our freedom, of course, is not freedom to be selfish and indulge the flesh (Gal. 5:13, 19, 21).

We are not free to cover bad behavior in the name of freedom or claim freedom as a pretext or cloak for evil (1 Peter 2:15, 16).

We are not free to harm others or ourselves (1 Cor. 8:9) in the guise of exercising liberty.

We are not free from all restraints, structure, authority, or regulated order in the various realms of life both spiritual and natural (Jude 3; 1 Jn. 3:4).

Our freedom by the grace of God should never make us more bound to sin, satan, or selfishness. What was considered moral in the OT is still moral today and even a higher standard in the NT. The difference being we now have by the grace of God the inward nature, spirit and power to fulfill all that God declared as moral, holy, and righteous.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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