Freedom in Obedience

The root of dissatisfaction is when our attention shifts from what we HAVE to what we DO NOT HAVE. The result of the shift may place us in the unpredictable land of temptation with a distorted perspective. When getting down to the root of a thing it forces you to get into the “dirt” beyond the “clean” surface and investigate what prompted the temptation.

Let’s be honest, you don’t have to look far into the mental rolodex to account for an experience with temptation. It is introduced in Genesis 2:16-17, “And the Lord God commanded the man. You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Adam had ONE job! Let me say that again for the people in the back. Adam had ONE job – Do not eat from that tree! Well… we all know what happened in Genesis 3:1-7.

God gives us the freedom to choose. Some of those choices may have caused the death of a thing while others have resulted in a birth. Choice helps us learn and grow in dependence on God.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that the person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).”

Have you acknowledged any unfulfilled desires? What occupies your attention most of the time? Are you grateful for what you have been given or do you think more about what you feel you do not have?

Matthew 4:1-11, tells us how Jesus was tempted in the desert. He demonstrated how not to give in and how to overcome.

Temptation comes with an invitation to give in and not flow in. It is exposed in the vulnerable areas of physical needs and desires, power, and pride.

Are you obedient enough to be free?

Until we meet again, remember the possibilities are endless.