Monday, May 15, 2000

Galatians 5:1

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
Galatians 5:1

I was talking yesterday to a friend who recently decided to go on a mission.  It was quite an interesting conversation where she expressed some things that made me think of that scriptures, and another one that I have already used in 2 Corinthians:. . . where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." She was talking about realizing for the first time how much there was in the gospel, and as she actually started to read the scriptures every day and pray more often, that so many possibilities that she had never seen before opened up... and it's so true.  Instead of the six or eight different meanings you can see when you read Shakespeare, or the 40 or 80 different interpretations you can come up when you translate ancient Greek... the possibilities of the gospel are unending.  The scriptures are unending with possibilities... how else could you have a scripture of the day every day?  We never go to church and hear the same things without having the opportunity to find a new nuance or facet or perspective there that we hadn't seen before... so many times we think that the gospel somehow restricts or limits us, when it is actually sin that restricts us... there is so much more freedom in faith and belief than in doubt and unbelief.  Think about the brother of Jared... who, even now with all our technological "breakthroughs," would believe that God could just touch 16 stones and make them light?  But the brother of Jared believed, and it was done.  Imagine, if you can, all the possibilities that must be out there that we don't even come close to imagining because we've been brought up to believe that some things are possible and some impossible.  If God could speak and the world was created, if he used the power of faith to create this world that we all live in... and we are *his* children... then we have the power to do anything and change anything.  We just have to stand fast in our liberty and not choose bondage for ourselves.  there is SO much to learn out there... so much to imagine, so much to live.  We are free to be anything we choose.

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