“Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may. Though he slay me, I will hope in him; Job 13:13-15
In America we talk about freedom. But if the people are free, why are the people so divided? The answer to that is easy – the people are self-centered and one man’s freedom is evil to another man – conflict is inevitable. God’s truth is true whether the people understand and believe it or not. And there is no compromise with the world that leads to perfect freedom in this world.
But all believers in God have access to Perfect Freedom as Job clearly demonstrates above. The freedom that Job demonstrates transcends all that is in the world. Even death was humbled to the freedom that God had given Job.
Think about it.
Job had everything the world had to offer, riches, power, family and happiness. In fact he was the richest and greatest of them all. “There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.” Job 1:2-3
And in a single day, Job lost everything. “and all was taken from him and Job’s response was: “then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:20-21
How is it possible that Job could suffer so much, and yet still give praise to God? Job believed that all was of God rather than himself. Job had transcended spiritually all that is in the world. He was still in the world, but no longer of the world. Job was abiding above spiritually. He had perfect freedom. If all is on loan here from God – Only He is free to do with it whatever He wishes.
So how can we get this Perfect Freedom? It seems pretty scary. Do you really even want it? Well, the truth is that all believers already have it. But we will only experience it when we believe and stand upon His promises. So that’s the question. Do you really believe what Jesus said here; or is your response? “yes, but”
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
Are you this person?
“The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:15-16
Do you have the mind of Christ?
Or are you this person?
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?”
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
Or are you a Christian — but one who is wallowing much like the mere man of the world?
Unfortunately many Christians miss this power that Jesus has provided for each of us because they are like doubting Thomas. They only believe that which they can see. And that type of thinking is of the world. It’s the old way of thinking. And “old things have passed away, new things have come” They are believers; but they choose to be like mere men; rather than abiding above in the Spirit. They have not put off the old way. They have not surrendered to the mind of Christ in all things – as Job did.
So what about you? Are you strong and courageous. Do you have the courage to humble all that is in the world to God. Everything that you’ve considered to be yours must be surrendered. And that includes all of that which is most important. And you too – can have this power over every challenge you experience. You can stand high above it all, as Job did. And as Paul also explained, in this you will gain strength and power in the world over all that confronts you – Perfect Freedom.
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Grace and Peace to you my friends, Bob West ©