My spiritual dad Dr. Fred Price always says, “How do you think you can obey God’s law, if you don’t obey the laws of the land”. That seemed to always apply when it came to driving for me, and I’m sure you can relate. Off I go to run some much needed errands. Which way will I go and what errand will I tackle first? Got it! Go down Brandywine Road to Branch Avenue to head out to Waldorf. Just remember when you go pass the two school zones to slow down because you have received a ticket before. Don’t judge me! Lol!
First school; I slowed down. Second school; I slowed down. I found myself in the school zone behind a long line of cars. They were driving extremely slow because for two years or longer a camera had been placed by both schools to ticket those of us who disobeyed the law. Well after driving by the same camera for two years I was trained along with others to slow down. Cautiously mimicking the speed of the cars in front of me, I noticed something very different about the spot that housed the camera this day. It was gone! I looked all around in disbelief first because I was so accustomed to seeing it there. I wondered if anyone else noticed that the camera had been hauled off, and if so why are they still going slow? My first thought was, “Oh, I get to relax and drive!”.
Holy Spirit began to speak, “The camera is not there, but see it.”. The absence of that camera did not permit me to do as I pleased. The restraint that I felt when I saw the camera day after day was the restraint that I needed to maintain in my mind to make sure I didn’t get another ticket! Lol!
SEE THE CAMERA
we forfeit the benefits of grace and righteousness by choosing to do our own thing.
What do you do when no one’s looking? What happens when you know you won’t get caught? What do you do when you don’t see the camera? How much more if you’re insensitive to doing what’s right with these things will you become insensitive to the things of God. Think about the times you missed a church service here and a church service there. Soon enough one service became three services, and then a month. Slowly you begin to see yourself comfortable with less restraints doing things your way and the conviction of Holy Spirit begins to become faint. So many of the people of God believe that grace is a pass to do as they desire at the expense of righteousness. Jesus did not come to do away with the law but to perfect it. We may not have the same penalties being under grace, but we forfeit the benefits of grace and righteousness by choosing to do our own thing.
So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. Romans 6:15-17 MSG
Grace give us the ability to “offer ourselves to the ways of God” with ease. In my last blog “The Night Before“, Coni commented (I so enjoy reading your comments :-)) and said, “Thank you for marching for the cause!!! This means so much and we are accountable to each other to raise awareness in spite of our circumstances! You are our champion Dr. Dee Dee!”. Reading comments like these I am reminded of the responsibility to continue to champion in doing what’s right! And I share that same responsibility with you Beautiful. Let’s avoid the traffic tickets, the accidents, and the other expenses that occur when you don’t follow the rules. Don’t frustrate the grace of God by not seeing the cameras. Our Father is counting on us. Let’s commit to keeping our hearts pliable to the conviction of Holy Spirit and adhere to doing what’s right. I love you!