Leap Of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Slavery VS Adoption: Free Will (Pages 273-276)
Romans 8:15 (nasb) says, “For you have received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’”
When we have fear of freedom or decision-making responsibility, we are to seek God, as we are all one united body of adopted sons of God that make up the body of Christ.
Another aspect of legalism that man must face is that of needing something that is static, concrete, and tangible. This is the humanistic side of things that tells us to be safe and right by human standards. We must overcome this tendency by trusting in something that we may not be able to see at first. But by confirming our faith in Christ, we begin to see a different side of things. We are able to see the body of Christ, which is an Eternal Kingdom. This kingdom consists of eternal life, which is centered around the depth of relationships, and harmony among Angels. The depth of these relationships goes beyond anything that we know from a human mindset. These are eternal relationships, which are never to be lost.
Some of the features of legalism are law-based code of conduct or rules and regulations. We must consider our tendencies to abide by expectations, obligations, duties, observances, routines, procedures, formulas, how-tos, shoulds, oughts, and “thou shalts.”
Negativism and abstinence are important to see as well, such as “thou shalt not…” So, to be specific, this is all a legal sense of obedience rather than a lordship sense of obedience. It means that we should obey rules rather than obeying God. Or that that the laws or code of conduct established man supersedes God’s Law. Legalism is oppressive and demanding and not what God intended for us. In short, it is absolutely burdensome as well as manipulative and authoritarian. It provides for intolerance, violence, hostility, feuding, as well as accusations of injustice. One should know that this results in being competitive, comparisons, and resentments. There is a very manipulative side of legalism. Some of Satan’s actors and agents have bees used to incriminate Christians and God’s chosen. We should also see the side of pride, arrogance, self-righteousness, egocentricity, status, and orthodoxy. Many people go about focusing on ostentation, and “showing off,” becoming caught up in “How do we look?”
For many people in the world suffer from abuse of power and Extortion (Greed) has become one of the most problematic issues.
Luke 15: 1 and 2 (nasb) says, “Now all the tax-gatherers and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. And both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Here we see perfectly how all of mankind is seeking the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
John 7:24 (nasb) says, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”
This goes without saying that all of man is guilty of being critical, judgmental, and doubting God. This leads to being insensitive, unloving, and living with lack of compassion.
The consequences of legalism are keeping people alienated from God, afraid of God’s rejection, and living a life without security and assurance.
Romans 8:1 (nasb) says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
One of the most important lessons that you can learn in life is how to avoid problematic people, who are worldly-minded, and how to protect yourself from potential traps. Stick with God and you will be safe.
This, put simply, is guilt leading to condemnation, accusation, and disapproval (both objective and subjective).
One of the most common consequences of legalism is defeat, despair, frustration, and futility. This leads to believing that “It’s a losing battle. I can never do enough, be good enough, do it right, and perfect as expected.” It is very common to feel “burned out.”
Legalism leads to self-destructive behavior, self-belittling, a sense of worthlessness, and low confidence. In a sense legalism leads to being forced to submit or be imprisoned by man’s way of life VS God’s desire for your life. In regards to relationships, legalism leads to impersonalization and shallow personal relationships, because they relate to law rather than to the person of Jesus Christ and other persons. And in many cases it is simply about the money.
Legalism is contrary to the grace dynamic of God in Jesus Christ. Legalism is contrary to faith, our receptivity of God’s activity. It can be used as an evil substitute that supplants faith. It is simply contrary to the lordship of Christ, wherein He directs and guides our lives. Legalism is contrary to Christian obedience, which is “listening under” the direction of the living Lord Jesus Christ. One is to abide by the laws of God, put simply The Ten Commandments. Legalism is absolutely contrary to the Spirit-led Christian life, wherein the Spirit of Christ enables and empowers. But, the key to overcoming legalistic battles is being molded into the New Being that you have the ability to become by being molded by God and filled with His Truth. Human Angels are a prime example.
Ephesians 5:18-19 (nasb) says, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with you heart to the Lord.”
It is important to see that legalism is contrary to freedom in Christ and that the True Liberty that is to be realized is only present in the Kingdom of God.
First of all, Christianity is not a legal, judicial, or humanistic/ law-based religion. Legalism is the basis of religion that binds people up, and ties them back, to rules, regulations, and rituals, thus enslaving them to the sin of self-effort. Legalism is a radically opposite counterfeit of Christianity.
Galatians 3:3 (nasb) says, “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”
Galatians 5:4 (nasb) says, “You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”
This Scripture is directed towards the corruption from within the system…This deals with persecution…When someone threatens the existence of something manmade that has been profitable from a worldly stand point they are often cast away or abandoned…this is a type of persecution, and Exactly what Jesus felt…
Key: Proverbs 17:27-28
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent Spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
Legalism is idolatrous, setting up an independent standard of law as the basis of rightness other than God’s righteousness. In the End, all of the deep corrution will not be tolerated or condoned but will be exposed and eschewed. Much legal control revolves around the money and power or the internal mob of affairs (From Within the Government). In these experiences and circumstances in which dark forces of corruption have been in play, they will be judged accordingly. Prophecy and Angels Undercover (Even in Legal Positions) are where this is brought to attention.
“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him accursed.
Galatians 1:6-9 (nasb)
“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; and be that hateth bribes (in order for unjust gain) shall live…”