Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com
“. . . You are not your own, for you were bought with a price . . .” 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
When my ‘natural man’ (the flesh) tries to process the thought of being purchased, it says to itself: “Wow, I’ve been made a slave! I’ve been bought. I’m someone else’s possession!” The trail that line of thinking jogs down is a negative, descending one. You see, my ‘natural man’ is not the sharpest crayon in the box. Quite dull actually. “Dumb as a box of rocks!” is the expression that fits him perfectly. He finds it impossible to understand the things of God. He is very clever though. Clever enough to continually attempt to thwart my spirit from walking in freedom; freedom from the flesh, freedom from sin, freedom from self.
Cleverness never carries with it, a shred of wisdom, because cleverness is always self-serving. And so, this flesh man of mine is a constant headache; trying to convince me to put the chains back on, to wear the yoke once again.
You see, what he doesn’t get, what he will never get, is that he is a slave as well as the slave owner. He owned me at one time. But, I was bought with a price, a price so great I could never pay it. A price so inestimable that no other person could afford to pay it for me. Only God had the kind of wealth to buy back my soul. He poured His glory out on the ground for me and for you. He gave everything. He held nothing back, in order that we could be free.
Yes. He purchased us to set us free from the slavery to sin and self. He bought us to loose our chains, to remove our yoke and give us true liberty. My ‘flesh man’ can’t get that through his thick skull! He can’t comprehend the depths of his depravity. He actually believes fulfilling his desires is freedom; not the cruel bondage that it is.
Yes. I have been set free. I’m free from me! I’m no longer mine. I’ve been bought with a price and set free like a bird from a cage or a calf from a stall! Have you been set free, my friend? Jesus paid the price to open your prison door, but you must choose to step out.
“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
“But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication will rise with healing wings, and you will skip about like calves released from the stall.” Malachi 4:2
His Blessings, Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com