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Obeying the Word of God Yields Liberty and not Bondage

Photo of a "Bible Road" showing the way to obeying the Word of God

When I was in high school, two of my classmates—a boy and a girl–were devout members of a local Pentecostal church. They often invited me to visit their church. But at the time, I seldom attended church and I was not the least interested in their invites.

Furthermore, when I saw the way the girl dressed—long dresses, plain- faced, etc.—all I could think about was boring, no life.

It was only after the Lord saved me and opened my eyes that I could see how deceived I was. Like perhaps the majority of the people in the world today, I thought that attending a local church and Obeying the Word of God was like giving up my life.

But consider these words found in the epistle of James: “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12, KJV). He refers to the Word of God as the law of Liberty. Law, in this case, does not refer to some legal system that is enforced from without.

Rather, the law of liberty refers to the liberty we become partakers of through obedience to Christ. Hence, one’s commitment to obeying the Word of God is not legalism; it does not result in bondage but it yields a life of liberty.

Three Aspects of Liberty through Obeying the Word of God

  1. Liberty through Knowing the Truth:

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32, NASB)

Jesus spoke these words to the Jews who believed on Him. He wanted them, and He wants us, to be more than mere believers. He wants us to become followers of Him and to be made free from anything that constitutes bondage in our life. We don’t know intuitively how to do either of these. Both come about through learning and obeying the Word of God.

2. Liberty through Fellowship with God:

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6, NASB)

Imagine that; you and I can have fellowship with the Almighty! That means we can have a personal relationship with Him. But fellowship can exist only where common interests between those involved. Our interests are common with God only when our life is governed by obedience to the Word of God.

3. Liberty through Confidence in Prayer:

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14, NASB)

When we pray, we don’t have to hope for the best or guess whether or not God hears us. He always hears us when we pray according to His will. But simply parroting what the Word of God says about His will does not constitute praying according to His will. If we are not obeying the Word of God we are not praying according to the Word of God.

It should be no mystery that the enemy opposes the Word of God. As I believed when I was a teen, the devil would have you to believe that obeying the Word of God constitutes legalism and dead religion. But that is so far from the truth. Jesus didn’t come to take life from us. He came that we might have life and that more abundantly.

Copyright © 2020 by Frank King. All rights reserved.



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