Sunday, July 2, 2017

Real Freedom

Galatians 5:1
Real freedom is far from the perception that many individuals have today.  Liberty is not license and the freest of all people live with certain restrictions on their lives to make the most of their freedom. Freedom is a dangerous thing for some and we know it.  So what does real freedom look like?  
Being free does not mean that we have no limits on our freedom.
We quickly try to define freedom, confine it, limit it and control it.
I.  Real Freedom Recognizes Boundaries - Luke 9:51-62
Physical, political and racial barriers restrict freedom.
Laws made to protect the freedoms of men can quickly turn to laws enforced to control the behavior of men.
Freedom for one must respect the rights of another.
II.   Real Freedom Separates Us From Others - Luke 9:57-58
Real freedom is scary because it puts us in touch with our vulnerability.
Real Freedom puts us in a position to experience fear and failure.
Freedom only provides potential for victory, not protection from failure.
III.   Real Freedom Requires Hard Choices - Luke 9:59-62
What these who offered commitment actually said was, “Tomorrow!”
Every commitment we have made limits the next decision we will make in our lives.
IV.  Real Freedom Requires Discipline - Galatians 5:1b
The demands of freedom cause many to return again to the bonds of slavery.  Galatians 4:9

Too many prefer law over grace and the comfort of measurable religion to the freedom and adventure of a vibrant relationship with the living God. 

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