How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 3

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach™

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Welcome to Week 3 in our discussion on freedom!

Last week we learned that all of us who are born again have been given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. We learned that the keys represent authority and power. This week we will explore how to use our keys to enforce God’s rule in the earth.

The Kingdom of God has a King. His name is Jesus Christ.  As King, Jesus rules over the entire universe and everything in it. Psalm 103: 19 says this: The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  Moreover, God’s Kingdom is eternal, which means it will last forever. Daniel 4: 3 says this: His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

Many of us live in countries that are ruled by forms of government that do not have a king. Consequently, the concept of “kingdom” may be difficult for us to grasp, especially for those of us who live in a republic or a democracy, where the people have a large say in their governance. Not so in the Kingdom of God.

In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the King, and those who are part of His Kingdom willingly and gladly obey Him. From this perspective, we see that the Kingdom of God has not only an external aspect (the entire universe), but also an internal one (the hearts of those who are born again). The Kingdom of God reigns in the hearts of those who love and follow Jesus. Jesus told us in John 18: 36 that His Kingdom is not of this world. By this He meant that His Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom that rules in the hearts of those who choose to be its citizens. We saw that one enters the Kingdom of God by being born again–that is, by repenting of one’s sins and accepting Christ as one’s Savior and Lord.

Because we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, we have been given an assignment to bring others into the Kingdom. Why? Because God loves everyone and does not want a single person to perish. This assignment is called the Great Commission and is described in Mark 16: 15-18:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

ornate vintage metal key on a white backgroundSince this assignment requires supernatural authority and power to over-rule the natural realm, Jesus gave us this supernatural authority and power so we could complete our assignments. This supernatural authority and supernatural power reside in the keys of the Kingdom.

So, how do we use those keys? To use the keys of the Kingdom effectively as born-again Christ-followers, we must first remember the following:

1-We do not fight FOR victory; we fight FROM victory. By His death and resurrection, Jesus earned the victory over Satan once and for all. The Word tells us in Ephesians 2: 6 that we are seated with Christ in heavenly realms and, therefore, share with Him His victory over Satan.

2-Satan is a DEFEATED foe. He has no power over us unless we give him power by believing his lies.

3-The keys of the Kingdom are designed to establish on earth what is ALREADY established in Heaven. This is the meaning of the words in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. By using the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, we bring this Kingdom and God’s will into the earth.

Once we understand the above truths, we will use the keys of the Kingdom with confidence. How? We will boldly do what Jesus commanded us to do in the Great Commission.

  • We will preach the Gospel.
  • We will cast out demons.
  • We will be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues.
  • We will not be harmed if we are attacked by a snake. (See Acts 28: 3-5 where Paul escaped harm after being bitten by a snake.)
  • We will not be hurt if we accidentally drink something poisonous.
  • We will lay hands on the sick, and they will be healed.

As we obey these commands of Christ, we will be enforcing His Kingdom in our sphere of influence; in other words, we will rule with Christ in our domain.

Next week, we will conclude our study on the Keys of the Kingdom by exploring some reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of Heaven’s blessings manifested in our lives but are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses, such as sickness, lack, and strife.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you using the keys of the Kingdom that Jesus has given you? Are you enforcing the laws of the Kingdom in your assigned domain? If not, what is keeping you from doing so?

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Remember this: You will be as free as you choose to be!

 

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 1

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Matters of the Heart” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Freedom comes in many shapes and sizes. We talk about physical freedom, political freedom, financial freedom, emotional freedom, psychological freedom, and spiritual freedom. Some of these freedoms–like physical, financial, and political freedom–can be taken from us, but the freedom we have in Christ–spiritual, psychological, and emotional freedom–can never be taken from us.

One definition of “freedom” is this: the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. In his 1828 Dictionary, Noah Webster defines freedom as follows: A state of exemption from the power or control of another.

For the next few weeks,I will be addressing the freedom we Christ-Followers have from the power and control of Satan. Knowing how to enforce this freedom is critical to living the abundant life that Jesus promised us. So, please don’t miss any of the blog posts in this very important series.

To begin, let’s take a look at where freedom starts:

Freedom is a choice. And that choice is a function of the will. We must first will or want to be free before we can ever be free.

Once we have made a choice to be free, then we must turn our attention to that place within us where we find the root of freedom: the human spirit.  When we are born into this world, our human spirit is separated from God. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we receive a new spirit that is now connected with God. This process is called being born again.

There can be no true and lasting freedom without being born again by receiving Jesus Christ into our lives. Christ is the origin of freedom. He is Truth, and He Himself has told us that only Truth will set us free (John 8: 32).

In order to be free, we must ask ourselves three questions:

1—Do I really want to be free? Would you believe that some people don’t want to be free? Instead, they want to be taken care of and willingly relinquish their freedom for unnecessary dependence–dependence that grows out of laziness or lack of awareness. We see this happening in our government every day.

2—How free do I want to be? The degree of freedom you attain is entirely up to you. Those who are the most free are those who desperately want to be free and go after freedom. The degree of your desire to be free is the chief indicator of how free you will be.

3–Am I willing to do what it takes to be free? You’ve most likely heard the statement that freedom isn’t free. This is a true statement. All freedom has a price attached to it. The greater the price paid, the greater the freedom earned or received. The ultimate price for freedom was the Blood of Jesus Christ. What price are you willing to pay to be free? Free in your spirit, free in your soul, free in your body, free in your finances?

Instant Access to Kingdom as a Key ConceptBecoming free is a major problem for most people. Perhaps you have been trying to get free of anger or addiction, of poverty or procrastination, of depression or despair. No matter what is standing in the way of your freedom, there is a way out.

In order to help you be free, Holy Spirit has instructed me to begin a weekly series on the Keys to the Kingdom of God. You see, we Christ-Followers live in a supernatural kingdom. This supernatural kingdom has laws by which it functions. Unless we unlock those laws, we will live earthly lives of continual struggle under the curse–in other words, of continual and increasing bondage. But as we learn to operate in the laws of God’s Kingdom, we will live under the blessing–in other words, of continual and increasing freedom.

In the weeks ahead, we will be taking a look at the Keys of the Kingdom that unlock the mysteries of the Laws of the Kingdom. We will learn how the Laws of the Kingdom operate. We will learn that the Laws of the Kingdom are directly opposite from the Laws of the World and usually don’t make sense to the natural mind. We will learn that only by living according to the Laws of God’s Kingdom will we experience true freedom and true life.

I look forward to having you join me on this journey. Please tell your family and friends about this blog series and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

And remember this: You will be as free as you choose to be.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you aware that there are laws that govern the Kingdom of God? If so, please share how operating in one or more of those laws has changed your life. Please leave a comment in the box below.

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