“God gave us freedom as a gift…Discipline and diligence will always be prerequisites if we expect to experience the freedom and rest God intends for us…Freedom lies on the other side of our obedience.” – Priscilla Shirer
Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)
What is freedom? Is it not a gift? Why do so many of us take it for granted? Why do we seem to prefer confinement and bondage over liberty and dependent independence via God?
“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
This week, as I read through Priscilla’s words, I was totally captivated by thoughts of freedom and rest in the LORD. I recall asking myself a number of questions. I did this because I wanted to really grasp why I (and perhaps others) tend to forget the freedom and instead focus on the idea of being shackled to… (name your poison or your pleasure).
Here are some things I want you to consider:
– Has taking a rest in the LORD become a chore? Why?
– Do you know how to enjoy the LORD/enjoy being with the LORD?
– Do you tend to choose time for self, time for others, or time for God as your top priority?
– Has busy become your way of life or your measure of a good, productive life?
– Do you view attending church or Bible class as a task or as a blessing?
– What do you do to insure that you have an enriching experience with the LORD?
– If you typically schedule events and activities of importance in your calendar, why have you not scheduled time with the LORD?
Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)
Read Hebrews 4 in the following Bible translations: King James and/or New King James, Amplified, English Standard, Holman Christian Standard. Reflect and discuss.
Actions… (Life Application)
Take a bold and purposed step to “know and experience” God on a daily basis. Commit yourself to spending time with Him each day. Do not allow anyone or anything to disrupt your prioritized time with the Most High. (A word of encouragement…begin at the place of quality, not quantity. The more will come in time. Focus on the authenticity.)