Believest Thou Are Free: Part 3

Monday, July 21, 2014

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8)

WHAT WE LAY ASIDE

Does following the Lord sometimes feel like an inconvenience?

The disciples not washing their hands inconvenienced the Pharisees. They felt defilement was external and if anyone that they considered to be “common” touched them, or their clothes, they would be defiled. The Pharisees and scribes made a religion out of the long ago ceremonial ritual of cleanliness and rejected the supremacy of the word of God.

The reason for Christ coming was to lay aside the ceremonial law so that we could be free in Him and not bound to any man’s laws. The Pharisees questioned anything that challenged their traditions, and Christ Himself came as an inconvenience to them.

Sometimes this is how we are. We make a religion out of what makes us comfortable and God’s word becomes an inconvenience to us, which leads us to neglecting Him in order to follow something or someone else.

What part of obeying the Lord causes you an inconvenience? 

We often lay aside the Word of God for the word of the preacher.  We lay aside the word of God for our friends. We lay aside the word of God for our parents. We lay aside the word of God for our children, ourselves, and the list goes on. Acts 5:29 says, “we ought to obey God rather than man.” We have to take an introspective look at ourselves and ask what traditions or people am I holding on to that cause me to lay aside God’s commandments?

When we observe the rituals of law handed down through the centuries rather than the commandments of God, which set us free, we put our souls in jeopardy! When it comes to serving Him, it may not always feel like a piece of cake, it may even seem foreign to the way we’ve always done things, but it should never move us to lay aside His commands so that we can be comfortable doing things the way we’ve always done them or to esteem the words of man above God.  It's time to get unbound from futile laws that don't save and cling to the Lord who is always good!

Questions for Reflection:

1) What part of obeying the Lord causes you an inconvenience?
2) What commands are you laying aside because of a tradition you want to hold to?
3) Have you found it easier to follow the words of those in your life versus the word of God? When does it become more important to follow Him than others?


Thank you for joining us for our Believest Thou Are Free mini-devotional series! Tune in next Monday for lesson 4: Higher Than Truth, as we continue to free ourselves from traditions that separate us from God!


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