In The Loop: Believest Thou Are Free

Monday, June 30, 2014

And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:7-9, NKJV)

There are many areas of life where we get stuck in traditions. Worship. Family. Religion. Politics. Recreation. But have our traditions become our Bible? Do we feel condemned if we don’t follow them? Sometimes we cling tight to our traditions, yet glaze over the commands of God as if they’re mere suggestions for life and salvation?

Don’t get us wrong some traditions are fine like a wedding tradition of  “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue,” or personal traditions like going out to eat as a family after Sunday service. There’s no harm in holding traditions that bring us closer as a family or that bring us closer to God.

It’s when our traditions begin to augment or trump God’s word that we need to find freedom from them.

For instance, holding the tradition of cleaning house every Saturday is okay, but when we start believing “cleanliness is next to godliness, so I must clean my house every Saturday because I’ll go to hell if I don’t,” is when traditions become a problem.

It’s in moments like these that we give our traditions more authority than God and bind ourselves to something that He never held us to. Whenever our traditions hold us captive we must remember what we have in Christ... freedom!

We want to encourage you to join us for our next mini-devotional series, Believest Thou Are Free! Starting July 7, 2014, we will dig into God’s word and focus on why we should deny some traditions and be free in Christ by holding to the commandments of God.

It’s time to stop trying to make God’s word fit our traditions and begin to BELIEVE that we are FREE in Him!

Join us Mondays in July for a tradition-transforming great time of study and prepare to grow together in the Lord! ☺


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