Freedom Through Obedience!

I will not speak with you much longer,  for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me (John 14:30,31).

Jesus is here proclaiming the truth that the cross was something he willingly surrendered to.  And Jesus was not so much surrendering to the Jews or the Romans, but rather to his Father.  He certainly was not caving in to the enemy.  For Jesus, his actions were a matter of obedience.

Jesus says that the enemy had no hold on him.  Jesus never said or did anything that would give rise to a stronghold in his life.  Therefore the devil never had a foothold or opportunity or right to put a hold on Jesus.  Again, this absolute freedom was the result of Jesus always doing exactly what his Father told him to.  There simply was nothing for the enemy to land on.

We too can know such freedom.  Ours is won by putting our faith and hope in the redemptive work of Jesus which cancels our sin and washes us clean (1 John 1:9).  We keep this freedom as we resist giving the devil a foothold in our life by staying current with God and man.  We will give the devil the right to harass us if we choose to abide in unconfessed sin or continue to live in toxic reaction toward those who have hurt us (Eph. 4:26,27).  We also must take every thought captive unto obedience to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5).  We cannot afford to entertain thoughts that are not true or rehearse over and over our relational wounds.  Processing is one thing.  Rehearsing is quite another.  And the devil certainly knows the difference!

And so, let us live in abiding relationship with Jesus where we humbly strive to follow him closely and do exactly what he tells us to do.  And when we might veer to the right or the left, let us confess and repent quickly and thereby dismiss every right that the enemy would have to put a hold on us.  By God’s grace let us be able to say with Jesus; “The prince of this world is coming, but he has no hold on me.”

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!”

Putting this word into practice: If you happen to feel spiritually bound up, perhaps there is something in this word for you to put into practice.  You also might know someone whom the devil seems to have a hold on.  The starting point to finding freedom is to establish an unhurried time to stop everything and humbly turn to Jesus.  Then let the Word and Spirit lead you to confess and repent of everything and anything that the devil might find attractive to land on.  It usually is best to do this with a trusted friend.

I always appreciate feedback to my blog posts.  Do you have a comment, question or a testimony related to the theme of this entry?

All the best!
Bill

About bill4jc

Director of Pioneering Initiatives with CRM (Church Resource Ministries) crmleaders.org bill.randall@crmleaders.org
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5 Responses to Freedom Through Obedience!

  1. Deb says:

    Very timely word, especially in light of things I am processing (hopefully, NOT rehearsing!) right now. I have often wondered, in ministry situations where I hear people addressing the enemy to the effect of, “You have no right here,” if perhaps he DOES have some rights in the situation. We desperately need to be honest about this! (“Surely you desire truth in the inner parts…Ps. 51). Looking forward to your return and hope your time away has been blessed indeed~

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  2. Tim Kayser says:

    Great setup for my sermon on Sunday! Matthew 7:24, “Therefore whoever hears these words of mine and does them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house on the rock.” The key is not just hearing but obeying. Good stuff, Bill. Can’t wait to have you back!

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  3. Arthur says:

    What a Great Word!
    I was recently talking with a friend who was struggling with purity in his thought life. He told me the Lord had highlighted that as an area he needed to work on. I told him that the last few months I’ve been totally focused on just hearing God’s Voice and acting on what He tells me to do (Obedience).
    As a side effect, the temptation to even mentally sin has been obliterated. It truly exemplifies a powerful principle the Apostle Paul teaches:
    Galatians 5:16
    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

    Thanks for these great thoughts Bill, keep ’em coming!

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  4. Gerri Smith says:

    Wow, what a wonderful service last Sunday. Your presence always makes me feel that Jesus is sitting right by your side as you teach us each Sunday about the scripture. Awesome! I want to read my bible more, I always have good intentions but some how it does not happen. Keep telling us each Sunday to pick up our bibles during the week.

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    • bill4jc says:

      That’s awesome Gerri. May the Lord continue to inspire you to seek Him through His Word and in the quiet place in prayer. And this weekend we celebrate that He is always with us everywhere! Let’s remain in awe of our matchless King!

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