Read Day #4 of Come With Me Devotional

I don’t like closed-in spaces.

I live in an area where you can explore caves. I’ve tiptoed to the edge, and even climbed in. But when the walls start closing in, so narrow and tight I feel my own breath, I back out.

It’s a no-go for me.

I don’t like living closed up, tangled, or tied up when I can run free instead.

Not just in my physical being, but in my faith. Today’s invitation is for when faith feels too tight, or it’s become tangled in your expectations or that of others.

Open your eyes to the truth that Jesus was sent to you, and for you.

This helps us live untangled in our faith.

Tangled-up faith trips us up

This is where the Pharisees and other religious secs got sidetracked. They lived their faith closed-in. They were tied up in rules and regulations. It wasn’t the way God designed it, but it was how it had evolved. In order to stay on the good side of God (they thought), you had to follow a significant number of rules.

Some of them God gave to Moses. The rest were piled on by Pharisees.

The extra rules came about because of something like this.

We want to be holy. There’s sin. That’s bad. Let’s not do that. 

Right. So, let’s add a few rules on to make sure we stay away from that. 

The next generation comes. They see the new rules as “sin.”

We want to be holy. There’s sin. That’s bad. Let’s not do that. 

So, let’s add a few rules to make sure we stay away from that. 

This goes on for generations until no one really knows what sin is. While God said, “It’s good to rest one day a week.” The new rules made every part of that day so closed-in with regulations that it was far from restful. In fact, it was exhausting.

Jesus came to untangle our faith.

His mission statement was to bring good news, not exhausting rules and guidelines.

The difference between tangled faith and freedom

What does freedom look like?

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Sin hurts our soul and damages others. We choose life over that. We don’t make it about a list of rules, because that pretends that the cross never took place. Instead, we live by relationship. We believe that he will lead us. He will speak to our heart. Freedom is walking closely with Jesus every day. It’s saying yes to him.

You discover who he is. You are transformed as a result. The more we know him, the more we reflect him.

Jesus was sent to us, and for us.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free. . .”

Luke 4:18 (NIV)

That is something we can build our faith around. It’s the good news we share with others. We begin to live a holy life simply because we know him, and following him is a natural result.

Our closed-in faith opens the door to true adventure as we live free in our faith. Yes, this leads up harder paths of faith, and into deeper waters, but also to know Jesus as we trust and walk with him day by day.

Suzie

21 Life Changing Invitations as We Walk with Jesus

Invitation #4: He was sent to, and for you. Open your eyes to that truth and live it.

  • We often quote John 3:16, but verse 17 is an important part of this promise.
    • Write it down. Memorize it.
    • How does verse 17 complete John 3:16?

Live it

  • Write the word “condemnation” on a piece of paper.

Take it deeper

Come join us on my FB Event page for this study. It’s not too late! We are praying with each other. We are taking these conversations deeper on the 21 Life Changing Invitations Facebook Event page. See you there! ~ Suzie