Apostle Grace Lubega
John 21:18 (KJV); Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
In our theme scripture, Jesus tells Peter that when he was young, he would go anywhere he wished to go. This describes liberty exercised with ignorance. Some people function at this level and call it maturity.
As ministers of the gospel, we liberate men through what we teach. When we tell them that they can heal the sick and demonstrate the power of God, that is liberty. But a man may express this liberty in ignorance.
We do not demonstrate power simply because we want to and in places where we wish to. That is immaturity. A babe in the things of the Spirit has no boundaries; once he is excited by power, he can offend God and man right in the middle of his demonstration of that power. He might demonstrate power yet God wants him to simply teach.
One must firstly understand the responsibility that comes with these liberties. Why do you want to heal the sick? Why do you want to give sight to the blind and to make the lame walk? Are you, like Christ, moved by compassion first? (Matthew 14:14). Do you perform miracles merely because you want to show how anointed you are?
Depending on our levels of maturity, our liberties in God have boundaries and these boundaries are defined by how well we understand the responsibility that comes with these same liberties. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 14:14, 1 Peter 2:16
GOLDEN NUGGET: Depending on our levels of maturity, our liberties in God have boundaries and these boundaries are defined by how well we understand the responsibility that comes with these same liberties.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. I do not exercise liberty in ignorance but with wisdom because I am led by the Spirit of God. I can never offend God or man because this truth works in me. I know what heaven requires of me and diligently apply myself never to grieve the Spirit of God through my liberty, in Jesus’ name, Amen.