Restrictions are present for a reason. My wife and I restrict our daughter from watching certain cartoons or staying up too late. These are for her benefit. Well we also have restrictions in our spiritual life. We are required to go through Jesus to get to the Father. One reason for this is to understand the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Could you imagine, Jesus giving his life for us and instead of showing gratitude we just bypass him and go to the Father? How could you learn to appreciate anything Jesus did if you do not have to honor his actions?
Don't be deceived by Satan thinking the temporal things of this world are more important the the honor and gratitude you express to Jesus. Apostle Paul wrote “I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Satan led her away from the goodness of God. Eve lost sight of the freedom God had given her.
Let us not lose sight of our freedom.
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