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6/19/2016 ~ Liberty's Cloak


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Where there is no freedom, only darkness remains.
Liberty is contained in all that maintains light in His presence.


   Lord = Spirit = Liberty   

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:17


                                                                                      ┏► By His will we live.
It is by the Spirit of God that life is freely given.
Time is free to blow in space. Grass grows as rivers flow.
The moment is given to unfurl as it becomes, free as it is.

Many ask where this Spirit of God is, and it is for the
pure in heart to know as they know He is here omnipresently.


So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them. ~ Genesis 1:27


Hearts hang on the edge of eternity. It is a choice to see creation and
whence we came if life is to be grasped in the fullest. We came of God.
It was God who chose to make both men and women to expose
the deeper points of a soul's commitment in giving over taking.
We were created to reflect His image in life.
All life freely returns to Him. ◄┛


For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. ~ Psalm 36:9

And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. ~ Psalm 119:45

What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
We can experience. Feel the light. Smell the grass. Sense the wind of
time. In His image we are free to be who we are. Precepts have been
given in His light for us to know what God expects, if eternity is to be had
by those that yearn for it. Death mongers and delusionists will inherit what
they darkly desire in a single coughing gasp as their teeth gnash upon the
decaying dust, and all too sadly alone absent from His eternal presence.
                                             ┗► One is free to choose self over God.

His call is from the light of life.


... they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. ~ 1st Samuel 8:7

Souls have fallen from appreciating that which is freely given by God.
The simple minded desire direction from the tangible lacking faith in the
eternal. Darkness is immersed in an ocean that cannot see the sky.


... "This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take ...
~ 1st Samuel 8:10-11


Men of stature and influence more often take than give.

"He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, ..."
~ 1st Samuel 8:12


It is the nature of leadership to direct those under their command.

"He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers."
~ 1st Samuel 8:13


Often indulgence overwhelms those
whose greed supersedes a heart of generosity.
                        ┗► Foolishly, evilís recklessness is an act of free will.


"And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, ..."
~ 1st Samuel 8:14-15


The spoils of greatness are hoarded by the elite few over the many poor.

"And he will take your male servants, your female servants,
your finest young men, and your donkeys, ..." ~ 1st Samuel 8:16


Those in power take the best for themselves.

"He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. ..."
~ 1st Samuel 8:17-18


The compounding burden of successive leaders
deepens the oppression of the meek without God.


Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said,
"No, but we will have a king over us, ..." ~ 1st Samuel 8:19


Man regularly chooses man over God.
People unwisely choose personal libertys away from God.


The LORD is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land. ~ Psalm 10:16


┏► It is His will to freely give to the thoughtful.    
"... He gives to all life, breath, and all things." ~ Acts 17:25

His hand is upon the whole of the heavens rising in the midst of all.
God gives without ceasing bestowing life upon all under His care.
Truth cannot be changed, for He is, no matter
how high men exalt lies of convenience.
                                                  ┗► It is a free choice to choose man over God.


... "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this
cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. ..."
~ John 18:37


      God utterly revealed Himself in Christ. ◄┓
Jesus suffered with us so that we could know the extent of Godís most
Holy Love for us. God himself has sacrificed His life, so that we can have
life, as equals in His image of autonomy. Liberty is given to life of God.
Who makes a better king, one that would take, or one that would give?
He eternally gives where no other could. His crown of suffering offers
each of us an eternal crown of life in His light of truth.


"... To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed; ..." ~ Luke 4:18


Jesus came of God to produce the true force of His truth.

Christ Came to do His Will
    To preach the gospel
        to the poor
        to heal the brokenhearted    
    To proclaim liberty
        to the captives
        to the blind
    To set at liberty


He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
into the kingdom of the Son of His love, ... ~ Colossians 1:13-14


The kingdom He rules waits for us, in what we will decide.
God has given all freedom in life. Will we choose to live in Him is the call
from eternities portal. His love is ready to redeem all those who come to
His call to return embracing roots from the Father.
               He is the source of unswerving truth. ◄┛


"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." ~ John 8:36

We live in a limited realm of temporalities where fleshly bondage holds us
captive. To be free one must reach beyond self to His touch of Grace.
Eternity is offered freely to all alive.


... creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. ~ Romans 8:21


Freedom is the nature of all things.
By the hand of God a greater liberty awaits.
Liberty is Godís blessing for life.

In darkness there is no sense.
To be free, only in the light can we see.


Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, ...
~ Galatians 5:1


Rising in the truth of God Himself, we must remain in Him over the
confabulations of man's devising. In the bondage of flesh,
He clearly offers Liberty in His light.


For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an
opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13


                                                                         ┏► It is love that heals all.
Working together, no power is greater than love. God calls for His
creatures to care for one another. What one serves defines destiny.
To serve only self leads to death of the spirit, whereas selfless acts
glorify His intent for creation. In this image of His truth, we are alive.
With concerted purpose we are called to live over random ramblings.
What good is freedom if it ends up leaving you isolated all alone?


You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
~ 1st Corinthians 7:23


To really be free in God, one has to thirst in service to Him. To merely
be in service to man, exclusively, is to be locked in the mortal confine
worshipping only the tangible, and for that finite pursuit of which passes
before us. More than the objects of our desire, it is about the One who
formed all that is inert, from beginning to end. Past all known, God is
Spirit and in truth, His unseen fruit is sweeter than the largest imaginable
perceptions. His known invisible qualities are offered to each freely. The
condition is to be right with God as an eager slave to His welcoming love.
In check with eternity we become free.
     ┗► The light God gives never goes out.


... knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things,
like silver or gold, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:18-19


He gave us His life so that we could see how to live. His blood of life truly
washes away our sins; to be able to stand in His unblemished pureness.

           ┏► Achieving freedom relies on the might of all.
Without His guidance, what purpose do we serve? Is not saving
grace greater than all than can be known? In the shadow of His death,
redemption is offered to those who would obey His calling with a noble
heart. Liberty in the highest is, in truth, Christ. No spin on truth is higher.


... should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from
sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, ...
~ Romans 6:6-9


Being a Christian is an awakening to the truth
God has announced for all to know. To be free of the sinful
chains that bind us in darkness allows us to rise in His light.
To know of our bondage sets us on the path to freedom.

Repentance and true godly sorrow pulls us to be better than we are.
His accolades are that we love all that is good.


... he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman.
~ 1st Corinthians 7:21-23


Yes in the Lord we are all freed, but we still hold the responsibility of
the teachings of Christ. We are not at liberty to do anything we wish but
must cling to the doctrine delivered to all that we might find eternal liberty.
The only true liberty is found upon entrance in to heaven itself.


... The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous.
~ Psalms 146:7-8


To take advantage of the qualities the Lord
reveals leads to liberty's enlightenment.


For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has made me free from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2


Where resides the golden orb of Spirit?
It is after all is said and done that the Spirit continues beyond the mere
presence of the mortal. Unarguably, eternity is the gate we will all face as
we rise to meet Him, each bowing before His giving life, the undeniable
source of flawless love. Without Him, we become nothing.
                               He is the source of all that we are. ◄┛


But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were
held by so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit ... ~ Romans 7:6


You canít find faith in a book for it dwells in the heart. There are no walls
in the truth of His light. If one is not serving in the Spirit He calls out for,
blindness beats the negligent soul. Darkness cannot replace the Light.


... with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from glory to glory, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:18


To return to the Lord is to return to the true unveiled image
of our innermost identity. In goodness and truth, this is the way of His
universe forever. God is not hidden as in His word He reveals Himself. To
recognize His Spirit living in us is to become gloriously alive forevermore.
Eternity gleams upon those worshipping in His giving truth.
To see the glory of God is to see the true self.


.But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it,
and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, ... ~ James 1:25


Without personal studies of Godís own truth, and observing His desires
for what He asks of His children, and in fact commands of His children,
life in Him is missed. Those lacking His noblest knowledge fail to live in
the eternal light that He calls out for life to live in. We all will meet God
in Godís way, and only a fool would assume otherwise. Those void of
the actions He wills for in creatures destined for eternal life will suffer
in bottomless emptiness without Him. Darkness can only reveal what
it does not have. Blessings come to all who act on their love of God.
                                                                   ┗► Faith in motion does.


So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. ...
~ James 2:12-13


God cannot be fooled as we need honesty with self to come before Him.
Double minded hypocrites have no part in the truthfulness He purely
calls for. Souls in His favor know and promote His calling truths.

                   ┏► To be free in God, oneís heart must freely give.
We are all called to help one another achieve His heavenly acceptance.
Surely, deep love in oneís heart triumphs over being devoured by
superficial contempt for others. It is a high order to help those
who would not help themselves. In climbing the mountain of life,
He reflects an image of humbly giving over arrogantly taking.
By His standard we will be judged.
Rejecting the liberty He offers invites death. ◄┛                  


... not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ,
doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service,
as to the Lord, and not to men, ... ~ Ephesians 6:6-7


A free godly heart experiences the fullness of life giggling
in the release from measly mortal bondage. To fall freely
into the Fatherís hands, trust is the root of this love.
                                         ┗► For the sheer Love of God!

A passionate life with godly purpose holds freedomís inspiration,
... and it is a struggle for most, if not all.


... as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice,
but as bondservants of God. ... ~ 1st Peter 2:16-17


To be immersed in His Holy Spirit is to find the greatest of all liberties.
Part of the whole has wider value than lone focused isolation.
Rebellion has always led to disunion. True unity is found
in His truth over the whims of man.


... into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free - and
have all been made to drink into one Spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:13


There is a storm upon the waves of man.
With only one true freedom, this eternal liberty is in God.
To hear the call renders a soulís free will in His service.


... the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever
calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." ~ Romans 10:12-13


any are called to be in the eternal liberty he offers
as it all souls God is calling out to.


"... nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels
and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection." ~ Luke 20:35-36


To attain eternal life is finally where
the equality of liberty is realized for all.


Liberty Comes by the Will of God
● The Spirit of the Lord maintains Liberty
● In Godís light, we are
● Liberty is a lesson in finding His word
● Manís mistake is a call to man over God
● It is God that liberally gives all things
● Jesus Christ is the King of truth
● Heavenly freedom comes by the Son of God
● Remain in His liberty over held in bondage by man
● In liberty serve one another in love
● Do not become slaves of men
● In Him we are freed from slavery to sin
● Redemption comes by accepting His sacrifice
● In Christ we are free from sin and death
● We are called to perform in His workings of Liberty
● He calls for us to freely possess loving hearts
● Liberty is not a call to sin, but to godliness

Only those in God are truly free.
Liberty is a call from His Spirit.

Darkness opens to nothing.


 

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