Walking in freedom is not necessarily the same as being free. I can have national freedom in the USA and still be bond up or be a slave to habits, my thoughts, my feelings, a bad relationship or a sickness or affliction.
Romans 8:2 ESV For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
From time to time we all battle something in the flesh with our bodies. It could be something as simple as the common cold or as serious as a bum heart or a disease such as cancer. I know that over the last 40 years I have had my share of physical ailments, afflictions, and diseases.
Broken: toes, fingers, tailbone, 5 right ribs, 2 left ribs and my complete rib cage.
Surgeries: open heart surgery, 2 left shoulder surgeries, left and right knee surgery, along with some minor things the doctors had to sew up.
Diseases: (Current issues) Heart disease (ASD, LBBB), Lung disease (Chronic Bronchitis, COPD, Asthma), Bladder problems, Kidney problems, Arthritis, Blown discs in lower back, Pinched nerves in neck, Neurofibromatosis, Torn rotator cuff right shoulder, Awaiting complete left shoulder replacement, Awaiting heart CRT, and last but not least, traumatic brain Injury.
Okay, these are some of the things I have lived through and some I still face daily. We as believers are called to be a people of faith. If we are people of faith then we need to confess faith.
Sometimes we can be so overcome by the things we go through that we lose perspective of being a faith people. I asked a person to write out his testimony for me recently. The points of a testimony are:
1. My life before Christ.
2. How I realized I needed Christ.
3. How I met Christ
4. How my life has changed since meeting Christ.
He wrote about two pages on point number one about how bad he was and the other three points he covered in a short paragraph. This is glorifying sin and the enemy. I told him to reverse it. Spend one paragraph on point one of his life before Christ and then two pages on the next three points.
The same can be true about sicknesses, ailments, afflictions, and diseases. We can spend one minute talking about faith and then one hour talking about how sick and broken we are.
The Law of the Spirit of Rom.8:1-2 is a faith confession and a faith walk. I am determined to not only live until the Lord is done with me but I am determined to live healthy until He is done with me.
I will not die broken down, diseased and held together with bubblegum and bailing wire. Now, my current circumstances tell me something different. My body screams at me in pain. Those who read my list above would agree that my body is broken in the natural realm. However, this is not my focus nor my end.
There was a day, on a hill, on a cross, outside a city, that a man, yea more than a man and never less than God, carried my pain, my afflictions, my disease, and everything that can attack my body upon Himself. I daily appropriate that FACT!
As a believer I transcend the natural laws established by God for mankind under the Law because as a Spirit-filled believer I am a spiritual man filled with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. That means that the natural laws God established has to be subject to and submissive to the Law of the Spirit that dwells in me.
When Philip baptized the Eunuch in Acts chapter 8, Philip when he come out of the water, was transported by the Holy Spirit about 21 miles away. In the Law of the Spirit Philip transcended the laws of gravity, time and space. By faith I confess this same authority in, through and over my body. I pray the same for you and your family.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.