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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

This quote from 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us that true liberty and freedom is a spiritual state of being that we bring into the material world through our own individual consciousness. Freedom is available to all humanity since all are children of a loving, caring, and benevolent creator. It is up to us to surrender to that creator and follow the guidance from within. The challenge is that we (like the prodigal son) have gotten lost in the world of opinions, beliefs and traditions.
 
Our liberty and freedom come from the inner light of Spirit.

We are in a Jail of Our Own Making

Earlier in a previous occupation, I had the opportunity to work with a video course created by Lou Tice and his organization. In one of the videos, Lou used a metaphor that has stuck with me for years. He said that we live in a prison of our own beliefs and want to blame everyone else for our problems. When we realize that we are creators of our own world through our thoughts, actions, and words, we can then set about creating the new world of our inner Christ Self.

Put on the Whole Armor of God

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10&11 to “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (ego).” The Revealing Word dictionary defines armor of God as: “The robe of righteousness (right thinking). Error cannot enter the consciousness that is strongly fortified with the light, life, power and substance of Spirit.”
 
Many ways throughout the bible we are given the key to living a productive life.

We can do all things through the Christ which strengthens us.

The above title for this article is from Ephesians 4:13. This was the scripture that came to me. We can do this. The promise to us is: “we can do all things through the Christ which strengthens us.” This is a divinely ordained idea that requires our faith in the completion of our dreams. This requires us to start and proceed in faith.
 
It was interesting for me to realize what I had shared in last Sunday’s message that it was time to walk the talk and time to act on our beliefs.

God has your back

In a recent conversation, I overheard one person tell another “it’s OK, I have your back.” This phrase stuck out for me and has been resonating in my thoughts. If you look it up in a common idiom reference book it is slang for you will support someone especially, in a difficult or hazardous situation.

What do we really believe?

The Bible is full of quotes that tell us things like, “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20), we are “Heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus” (Romans 8:17), “You are  gods” (John 10:34), and even Jesus telling us that “we shall do the works which He does” in John 14:12. We could go on and on with similar ideas that support us with the fact that we are each an expression of God, fulfilling our individual role in this material world.

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