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Boast Not in Your Liberty, Ye Saints of the Lord


Romans 15:17 So I boast in Christ Jesus about the things that pertain to God. 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in order to bring about the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, 15:19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God.

2 Corinthains 10:17 But the one who boasts must boast in the Lord.

As scripture is our witness, let our boasting not be the sinful nature, an arrogance upon we seek to see other stumbling, a puffing up of our christian liberty, but honoring Christ in humbleness that He calls His children to be, to give Him the glory due His name.

Pursue righteousness, godliness, holiness, separating yourselves from the love the of the world…

As we are commended to have the faith of a child, even listen to the words of a child’s song, “oh be careful little eyes what you see… be careful little ears what you hear… For the Father up above, is looking down in love…”   Take care where your feet tread, take care and captivate your thoughts and seek your heart.  Is it God-ward?

Is pursuing purity from the filth of the world and it’s desires really a matter of legalism?   I’m sure it can be, but not all purity pursuits are legalistic.  Why are we quick to snicker and sneer at fellow Christians who seek to pursue a life of purity; from being smeared by the world?  We call them “holier than thou” people. Rather, shouldn’t we encourage and praise the Lord that such purity exists.  Only He can allow and such good to come from such tainted people.  The scriptures call us to think upon the things that are beautiful and pure.  The scriptures tell us it is possible to live a life worthy of the calling we have been given, through the Holy Spirit.  We are charged to pursue godliness, holiness, and on and on the list goes.  This is not to hold us in bondage, but to give us a hope, a joy in obedience.  We will not fulfill it perfectly, but we are picked up when we fall, and we continue running.   Perfect Peace comes through Christ.  If you are working for your salvation, then you’ve got another thing coming.  But if you are in Christ, your working should be exuding from a heart of joy and thanksgiving, an honor that is given to the saved.

Those who boast in their Christian freedom as to show others how “liberated” or ‘mature’ they are only prove too much that they are the opposite.  I think it leads to an arrogance of love for yourself that you are careless in how others, even especially unbelievers, see your witness of God’s character.  You as a believer have a responsibility, as much as you may not like it or if it puts pressure on you, you are not your own, but bought with a price.  Faith is not a light matter.  Sure we will fail, but nonetheless you are called to a higher calling, on that reflects Christ, and it is by His power and strength that you do all things, and only in and by His name shall you boast.

 

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