RENEWAL BRINGS LIBERATION
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord
[Who is] the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17,18
In these Scriptures we see that the Spirit desires to bring us into freedom and to liberate us completely. We also see that this liberty is accomplished as
we look into the Word of God. We are transfigured, ever changing from one
degree of glory to another.
This change is the work of the Spirit, and His tool is the Word of God.
You and I cannot change, be transformed like this, without the Word. We cannot change ourselves; only God can change us. It is the power of His Word that brings transformation. There is power in God’s Word to change us and to save our soul.
Love the Word, study the Word, learn the Word — it is a precious treasure and should always be respected and honored.
I dearly love the Word. The words of Jesus as recorded in John 8:31,32 are a reality in my life: …If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
The Word is also called Truth. I have learned the truth as I have studied God’s Word over the years. Deception was uncovered in my life, and the truth set me free.
Here is an example: I believed (thought) I had to perform perfectly to receive God’s love and approval. I felt good about myself when I was doing well and hated myself when I wasn’t. Most of the time I was failing at something; even minor offenses left me feeling guilty and condemned.
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I learned truth as I learned the Word of God. I discovered that I did not have to perform perfectly because Jesus had already been made a perfect sacrifice for me. I learned that I was to do my best and place my faith in Jesus.
I learned that although I made mistakes, He looked upon my heart. He knew I loved Him and wanted to do everything perfectly right. He also knew that I could not behave perfectly because of the weakness of the flesh. He understood and was always willing to forgive me if I trusted in Him.
Eventually this truth set me free from guilt, condemnation, self-rejection, self-hatred and works of the flesh.
I learned from personal experience that the truth — the Word of God — does indeed have the power to set free!