How Can I Be Set Free From Legalism?
Today, many Christians are either mixing law and grace or completely under the law. The law was given to Israel only. It was never given to 21st century Christians from a Gentile back round. More than that, the law of Moses and the 10 Commandments ended at the cross (Romans 10:4). Want to find out how get to unentangled from legalism and come into the grace and freedom of God?
Legalism is any attempt to gain God’s acceptance or forgiveness through your own works or merits. Legalism and being under the law are synonymous.
5 Signs Your Still Tangled
You believe God loves you, but doesn’t like you.
You are not 100% sure of your salvation.
You praise others only for their good deeds.
You condemn and judge others for their bad deeds.
You read the Bible to check it off your list.
How to Get Untangled?
1. We have to replace my thoughts with His thoughts
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Can we depend of the Word of God to replace our thoughts?
What does the Word of God judge?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How should we be transformed?
For what purpose?
Can we depend on the Word of God?
2. We need to live in the New Covenant of grace and life, not the Old Covenant of condemnation and the law.
These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai
Who was the law given to?
Was it given to 21st century Gentiles?
...when Gentiles, who do not have the law
Do Gentiles have the law?
Who was the law given to?
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace
If you are under the law, who is your master?
Is sin your master under grace?
Christ is the end of the law
When did the punishment of the law end?
Who took the punishment of the law for all people?
By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
What is the first one referring to?
What is outdated?
What has been made obsolete?
3. We have to put faith in what we believe.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Is God counting your sins against you?
What message has God given us?
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
How did you come in to this world?
What does it mean to be dead in your sins?
Has God canceled the charge against us?
4. Have to stop asking for what you already have and camping on these verses…
1 John 1:9 If I confess my sins, God will forgive me
Matthew 6:12 and forgive us our debts
James 5:16 Confess you sins…(don’t stop there) to one another
5. Believe it and be happy
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works. Hebrews 4:9