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Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worshop: Freedom
June 30, 2019

Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worshop: Freedom

We continue our series, Lifted- Discovering the Art of Worship. Last week, we used Psalm 97 which focused on the idols of our lives. This week, we discuss the “false self”, which is different from having a “false god”. The “false self” is an image that we have built in our minds and hearts that is a barrier between us and God. Every day we make choices based upon how we see ourselves. Unfortunately, we do not always see ourselves as clearly as others see us. There is a certain blindness that happens in the human spirit that is destructive to our lives and relationships. As we come to July 4 to celebrate the Declaration of Independence, we have to contemplate the nature and power of freedom. The “false self” will enslave us if it is unrecognized in our lives. In 2 Corinthians 3:9-18, Paul is writing to the Corinthian’s church and comparing the ministry of the Jewish Law to the ministry of Jesus Christ. He wants them to realize the great potentials for freedom which can be found through a relationship with God. God’s Spirit is the Spirit of liberation for their lives and for ours! As you read 2 Corinthians 3:9-18, let it help you see the power of God’s freedom for your life! 2 Corinthians 3:9-18: If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

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