#7: Freedom

The Word of Today
Freedom, what does it mean to be free?  A mother is sad when her son leaves home, but a child remaining at home will never grow to be free. Comfort is no substitute for freedom, all seeds have a purpose to grow, need to grow into maturity. But from the sadness of a child leaving home comes joy.  

oTruly, truly, I tell you, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices.  You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy

(John 16:20)
Christ left his disciples to go to the Father. He could not ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit if he did not, but the disciples like parents did not or want to understand. Christ knew if his Fathers Will had to be done. We all need to be free to leave our homes in life, to leave our comforts, friends even family, to go into the world to bring the kingdom message. Christ shows us that freedom only truly comes when we do the Fathers Will.
We have freedom, free will to do whatever we will do. It is this gift of free will that separates us from the rest of creation. But we are not freed by it until we start stripping away the world’s distractions of; media, objects, people, work and home. And we wonder why our dreams seldom become more than just that. But when you free yourself from these distractions we are free to hear from God.
Let’s wake up, don’t sleep life away. Bring dreams into life, stop and be still for a moment, stamp out the distractions that make trouble in life. It’s only troubled after all without God in it. A mind fixated on and in the world can only find unrest; Jesus Christ was very clear about checking our heart’s desire. Our heart is the foundation of our mind, words, and actions spring from it; meditating on understanding unconditional love focuses us on all truth in life.
We need to reset life, to clear out worldly junk and defragment the mentally cluttered heard disks of our mind.
Moses went up the mountain alone; John the Baptist retreated away from town life and Jesus prayed and fasted in the wilderness for forty days and nights to face temptation. In Acts, Simon-Peter went up to his roof to pray and received a vision from God. God can speak when we are quiet when we are in a state of prayer and worship. Let us go to be in a private space, and all we need will be revealed, as is it was to Cornelius in the Bible. The world is a noisy place that drowns a small voice.
We seldom stop to think of the long-term effects of TV and video games on our minds, whether it reinforces wrong thinking or changes our behavior towards each other. True or not, too much of anything becomes systematic of an unbalanced life. A problem of balance of mind, body and soul is the problem in life. Feeding our minds with rubbish only weakens our Spiritual development and sensitivities. We become what mind and body eat, hear and see determine our eternal of life.
I often wondered why Jesus says; let them who can hear; hear. We might not want to believe what we hear, as we might like excessing in indulgences the world wants to sell. God needs to be firmly in the middle of our thinking.  

Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness.  These things took place as examples to keep us from craving evil things as they did.  Do not be idolaters, as some of them were.  As it is written:  ” The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to indulge in pagan revelry “

(1 Corinthians 10) 
The bible says unless the home is built in the Lord then you build it in vain. Our body is our home, how we build it is up to us. The food we like to eat, ours hearts desires, thoughts of mind all builds up the soul and nourishes spirit. We need to align in the Lord our God. Fewer errors the most righteous the Joy and Love of God we experience; the fruits of a living kingdom. So let us ask to start to monitor our intake, let’s bring some balance to our life so our Spirit; let us stop needlessly damaging our relationship with God.
To obtain true freedom then means to fight, to seek the right foodstuff in life, ask God to renew our hearts so we can know His kingdom in freedom.
John Rowlands
words by John Rowlands






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