July Pastor's Pen
Now the Lord is that Spirit:
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.
2 Cor. 3:17
The first week of this month both countries on the North American continent will celebrate the liberty that we enjoy. There will be parades and speeches and fireworks. Families and friends will get together for picnics…, but do these things ensure our liberty? Can a statue in a harbour or a bell in a museum; a powerful army or even the Constitution of the United States of America or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms signed by a few men secure our liberty?
There have been many nations that have tried in one way or another to secure and protect the liberty of individuals. However, as history will prove time after time the governing bodies of those nations are only as strong as the humans that man them. The laws of human government made to secure the liberties of one individual remove the liberties of another because of the inherent sinful nature of man.
Every human is susceptible to greed and corruption without the constant work of the Holy Spirit in them. The Holy Spirit of God first of all convicts a sinner of their sin by the Word of God. If that individual submits to this conviction he will accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his sin and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in him. Then if that person constantly allows the Holy Spirit to govern his thoughts and actions, he is able to live a life free of offense to others by the power of God. That is what the Apostle Paul meant in Galatians chapter 5 and verse 1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Verse 13 says, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” This is true liberty secured and protected by “walking in the Spirit.”