God created us to be free. He has no interest in controlling us. Freedom allows for the ultimate of relationship, connection. The greatest enemy of freedom is fear.
In the Church we have not done freedom particularly well. We keep our control ‘gun’ under our beds.
The Culture of Honour doesn’t work without all three pillars present: Love, truth and freedom.
1. We were created to be free
Adam & Eve created to be Free. God commentary on their freedom was that it was very good.
God chose us and He chose to loves us. God wants us to choose Him back. God has made Himself vulnerable to our love. Even with the risks involved God designed us to be free.
2. God does not want to control us
We oftern think that life would be simpler and safer if God controlled us. The fall was proof God does not want to control us.
The Church has a schizophrenic belief about God and freedom
We say “Amen,” to the fact that God created us to be free, but then we paint God as a controlling punisher.
3. God does not have to punish us
Does God have to punish sin? Is He legally bound to have to punish sin? Most of our theologies make God out to be a victim of sin. Sin is not more powerful than God.
God is Sovereign >>> He can be merciful and just
There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Romans 9:14-15
4. The Cross took sin out of the equation of God.
God’s number one goal is connection, not distance.
The Lamb of God took away the sin of the world.
1. Get rid of your fear
While God is not afraid of sinners, most of us are. We are afraid of other people’s mistakes, and we are afraid of our own.
We need not be afraid of people’s sin. It is not that they are not important. Sin hurts and damages. We need to see people’s sin as a teaching opportunity and opportunity for them to grow.
People sin because they believed a lie:
– About God
– About themselves
– About other people
Their sin is a learning opportunity
Where did that lie come from?
2. Practice sin displacement versus sin punishment
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
When we sin, God doesn’t look at the sin, He looks at what was missing. He does not deal with our fear, He comes as perfect love and overwhelms fear. In our anxiety, He offers a new place of rest and renewal instead. In our worry, He focuses only on our fresh revelation of peace.
God does not help us work on our anger because it is dead; instead He empowers us to become gentle. He displaces irritation with patience, bitterness with gratitude, and turns sorrow into joy.
The old has passed away, and He is only working on the new, real and true us in Jesus.
3. Make Connection your number 1 goal
As soon as you let go of fear and embrace connection as your main goal, it will change the skill sets you have operated with in your life.
- You will need a new language to help you navigate towards connection.
- You will need forgiveness to clean up the messes you and others will need.
- You will need patience
- You will need massive upgrades to your understanding
- You will need mentors in your life
Other Sermons In This Series
January 24, 2019
March 05, 2019
January 13, 2019