I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic Freed To Serve God! as part of a BotROCK Series on FREEDOM! but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Chris Tomlin
Song Title: I Will Follow
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:16
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Over the past six weeks we have been discussing our freedom in Jesus as Christians. Today is the final episode of the series. I encourage you to go to our website www.tcc.com.ng and listen again to the previous editions and find out how to live free from sin, satanic oppression, lack, sickness and the fear of death. It is the key to living a victorious life as a Christian.
Walk Free! Enjoy Your Liberty In JESUS
Let me announce to you again! It is for you to live free that Jesus came and set you free! You have been set free already, so don’t let yourself or any other person or thing keep you in bondage. Jesus has set you free and you are free indeed!
When prisoners are released after a long time in prison, they face some kind of disorientation. Some of them even kill themselves because they don’t seem to be able to fit into the society again. The reason for this is that they have lost sight of the purpose of freedom. In the same way Christ has made you free and you are ALREADY free indeed but if you don’t understand the purpose of your freedom in Christ Jesus, you will tend to misuse it and that puts you in danger and at the mercy of the devil.
Apostle Peter said that we should live as free men on the earth, not bound by any person circumstance or thing, but we should not use this freedom as a cover up for evil.
You have been Liberated to Wholly Serve God
As a Christian you should not get yourself entangled with works of the flesh, which are simply laws and rules which are products of human traditions by which you feel you will get closer to God. These things limit your freedom in God. But on the other hand, if you are a Christian that indulges in sinful activities but use your freedom in Christ as an excuse for them you are in great danger because you have lost focus of the primary purpose Christ has made you free. You are misusing the gift of freedom Christ purchased for you. That is exactly what apostle Peter was communicating in the verse of scripture we read earlier. He went on to say that the purpose of our freedom from sin, sickness, poverty and death is for us to live as servants of God.
In order words, the purpose for your freedom in Jesus is for you to serve God wholeheartedly! Remember what God told Pharaoh about the Israelites? He said “let my people go that they may serve Me.”
You have to be free from any bondage to serve God, because He wants you to serve Him wholeheartedly.
God used His mighty power to deliver the people of Israel from bondage, for the sole purpose of releasing them for His service. But unfortunately they forgot the purpose of their freedom, which was to serve God, so they went on complaining about every other thing and serving other gods. Because of this, the entire generation of Israelites that came out of bondage in Egypt never entered the promise land that God prepared for them, except Joshua and Caleb.
Serving God Is Your Pathway To Destiny & Fulfillment
This story is a type of our experience as Christians under the new covenant. God has set you free from the bondage of Satan and the
purpose of your freedom is to serve God. He has also prepared a promised land for every Christian i.e. a place of destiny for every single Christian including you. But the key to getting into and experiencing this promise land is your wholehearted service to God.
As a Christian you have been purchased by God with the blood of Jesus for the primary purpose of serving God and not to serve yourself. That is why Paul said in Romans 12:1 that in view of the great mercy God has shown, you should offer up your body as a living sacrifice to God. That is what it means to give your life to Christ.
Being born again is not just about answering an alter call or reciting a short sinners prayer. It is actually a total surrender of your life to the service of God to do His will and fulfill His purpose.
That is why He set you free from the things we mentioned earlier so you can serve Him the living God freely. I like the way Paul put it in 2 Corinthians 5. He that Christ died for all so that those who live, i.e. the people that believe in Jesus, should no longer live for themselves but for Jesus who died to free them.
[quote]True Christianity is seen in your complete and willing devotion to God, His word and His will. It is not in Church attendance, it is not in giving & seed sowing, neither is it in how long you spend in prayer, although these things have their place.[/quote]
Christianity is a total surrender of your life and heart to the service of God.
You have been purchased by God with the blood of Jesus and you now belong completely to Him. But God is loving and gentle, He will not force you to serve Him, He wants you to do it willingly.
Trust me you will enjoy being a Christian when you willingly and wholeheartedly commit your life to serve God because you will start experiencing God tangibly in your life. He set you free for this purpose. Stand in your freedom in Christ Jesus and serve God wholeheartedly.
If you want to serve God, you should know there is an acceptable way of serving God. You do not serve God the way you think He is supposed to be served; you serve Him the way the scripture shows in the New Testament you should serve Him.
Next week I will show you how to serve God acceptably. Serving God acceptably is the key to living a fulfilling life on earth. Till then grow in the knowledge and Grace of Jesus Christ!
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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