The voice of freedom in the Lord says that I have a part to play in my life. I am partnering with the Lord and can have a say in getting results (timing, relational, recieving healing, recieving other blessings, etc.) through understanding and authority.
The religious voice tells me that I might hope to recieve sympathy from the Lord, but otherwise that I am powerless in what happens in my life.
The voice of freedom in Christ says that, when some negative situation afflicts or threatens to afflict, it is NOT the Lord who afflicts and causes the problem. It is Satan or his team of darkness who are trying to steal, kill, and destroy my life and others. Therefore I have the authority and power over the situation to not allow it to steal, kill, and destroy, or even continue. The Lord has said
“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy” ~Luke 10:19
The religious voice says that I cannot do anything about my situations or afflictions. It tries to convince me to accept a powerless attitude; one that has to just deal with the problems until they run their course and until I have suffered long enough to ‘learn something from it’. (Speaking against this voice is the verse-
“We have not been given a Spirit of fear, but one of POWER, love and a sound mind~2 Timothy 1:7)
The voice of freedom encourages me to approach the Lord boldly and confidently, knowing that He is my ally.
Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will be treated with undeserved grace, and we will find help ~Hebrews 4:16
Freedom in Christ makes clear to me that I never have to approach the Lord religiously, thus telling Him that I am nothing or a nobody and acting like it …the Lord created me, so I don’t spend my time telling Him that He created nothing special.
I don’t need to beg or plead to Him. He calls us friends, not desperate, poor people who are deprived.
I don’t call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. But I’ve called you friends, because I’ve made known to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father~John 15:15
The religious voice speaks the opposite of course, trying to make me believe that the Lord is a dictator who is not an approachable and generous ally. It says that He is One who looks at my performance and is inconsiderate of my need for gentle help and patience.
The voice of freedom in Christ knows that all things are possible and that the Lord does not withhold anything good from me. I don’t need to prove myself good enough to receive.
“Anything is possible if a person believes”~Mark 9:23
“The Lord does not keep/withhold any good thing from those whose ways are upright ~Psalms 84:11(the word upright means-complete, whole and without blemish—in which Christ has made us all these things if someone is born again).
The religious voice tries to convince me that the Lord will move, give me something and answer me only if I’ve proven myself strong enough in faith and have ‘done everything right’.
The voice of freedom in Christ says that if the time length of seeing something come to pass is at all prolonged, that it is not a matter of having to prove something or do something perfect to cause a result. Prayers can have the power to shorten time till seeing results. I just have to ask the Holy Spirit how to direct my prayers. Even when there is a waiting time, part of standing in faith can be remaining victorious while I’m between the times of declaring my blessing or result, and receiving them physically.
The religious voice speaks that if something goes wrong, something is troublesome, or hinders blessings from being physically recieved, then I have to just sit and wait, without any hope of having a say in it. Also, the religious voice will try to convince me to blame the Lord for everything that negatively happens or blessings being hindered and delayed.
The voice of feedom in Christ says to stand by the Lord’s strength.
“I can do all things by means of the One strengthening me”~Philippians 4:13
The religious voice would say that I’m all on my own and have to hold everything together on my own strength.
Now I ask, what voice are YOU listening to and is it guiding you FURTHER from the Lord or NEARER to Him?