Devotional 7/4

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.
Charles Spurgeon

People believe in rights for everything: animals, plants, and the things that go against nature. We must remember that all of creation works with purpose. As to say everything has purpose. The bees extract honey from sunflowers, and carry pollen to the other plants that need to grow; and they supply honey to us which is of great benefit to humanity.

Honey benefits: Raw honey contains disease-preventing and disease-fighting flavonoids. It has been scientifically proven to help with allergies, diabetes, sleep problems, coughs and wound healing. 

  • Helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Reduces cough and throat irritation
  • Balances chemicals and hormones: improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea and nausea
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Heals wounds and burns
  • Increases athletic performance
  • so much more!

The sun radiates light for us to see, for plants to grow and for our skin to produce calcium. Female and male create babies, not man and man nor woman and woman, despite generational debates and claims on innateness, free will and choice. We are the only beings in all of creation that have authority over our mind, and therefore our actions and self development. God created us with purpose, and it’s on us to search out that matter.

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The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we serve others, we actually fulfill our own subconscious desires because they bring joy and fulfillment into our own souls. The soul knows exactly what our purpose is. We do not realize this easily because we are disconnected from our higher self: our soul. We so prone to be natural (carnal) that we often react to life, we don’t exactly respond. The bible says that we should serve others with our freedom, not serve ourselves. How do we serve ourselves? By doing whatever we want, despite probability of hurting others or provoking others. If we are truly free in Christ, yes we are free to worship, but also to live life free of condemnation because everything is allowed to us: it’s up to us to discern if it is good or beneficial for us.  If we serve others out of obligation to the scriptures, we do it selfishly and God does not exactly reward that, because it’s a gain for the flesh and the flesh is against God. But if we selflessly serve others, denying our own pride, ego and desires then we get a double portion: God is pleased and others are blessed.

If we are in constant fight or speculating with others, we are not serving them: we are serving our natural affections. If we are lusting after people and things, we are not serving anyone but ourselves in a worldly way. If we give to others in word, in material, in prayer or in lending a hand then we are truly serving others. If we give, and expect a return: we are not giving selflessly and God will need to prune that from our life. If we are exercising our own free will, and being a stumbling block of confusion or temptation to others we are not serving them, we are being negligent of our freedom. For example, someone uses their free will to cut and color their hair, and a brother or sister in Christ is convicted by the scriptures in Corinthians which state that women should not cut their hair… well that person who has the freedom to cut and color their hair, has to rethink their actions for the sake of that brother/sister. Yes, sounds tough right… I know. Just some things to think about: we are free, but we have been freed from sin not to live a life without accountability. We are to serve each other in love. 

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for this call and your purpose. Although it is a life of sacrifice, help us us to not feel like prisoners but as selfless lovers. May your love for others, grow in us. May we walk fully and boldly in our predestined positions, and purpose. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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