freedom and joy.
They’re ours in Christ.
Now there is an enemy to the cross of Christ, and the closer I follow after Him, the more the enemy attempts to steal the joy, freedom, hope, and promise of life that is eternally mine in Christ. Yet since the enemy has no dominion over the children of God (he can only deceive, he has no real power), all I have to do is remember my inheritance. Live in the promise.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death…
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace…
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8)
The Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
We are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed He lives in us. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Life. Fullness of joy.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. (Galatians 5:13)
So I wonder… When did we stop delighting?
When did we stop living like children, with untainted, abounding joy?
When did we stop letting our hearts fly unfettered?
For He is gentle and humble in heart. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.
Those burdens we drag around, shackles that weigh us down – those were never ours to carry.
We’re just children of God. We’re not supposed to know everything, and really just one thing: Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
If we know nothing other than the truth that God is who He says He is, we are blessed.
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
We are not captives to fear or worry or panic or striving, because we do not belong to the world. We belong to God, and we live in the realm of the Spirit.
If we are His children, we look like our Daddy. We don’t have to do anything to look like Him; we’re made in His image. And He delights in the littlest things. He delights in our hearts.
I have a story. A few days ago I was wrestling with something that didn’t deserve my attention. Instead of taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ, I was letting the world weigh me down. My eyes drifted to the window and I saw a little boy down at the river with his daddy, throwing rocks in the rapids and giggling in delight. He did it over and over again, each time with an ecstatic joy that struck my heart. No one had to tell him of his freedom, he just knows he’s free. It’s inherent to his nature. It’s what we’re made for. And His father just smiled, enjoying the freedom of his child living unfettered.
Our Abba loves us like that.
The glory is deeper than the dirt we collect and carry. Glory is inherent to our nature, because we’re made in His image. At our core, we’re all still children, and there’s incredible freedom in claiming that. There’s freedom in releasing all we’re holding onto and just doing what we see our Father doing. There’s peace in knowing He holds all things together, and we’re not responsible for all we thought we were. There’s rest in an existence knowing nothing but Jesus and the power of His love.
So I invite you to live captivated by the joy and freedom of life in Christ.
And dance a little.
/ / Dance a lot. / /
Your Daddy loves to watch you live fully alive.