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You have to live holy. You can’t listen to secular music. You can’t watch “unholy” TV or movies. Women, you can’t wear pants or makeup. You have to ask God to forgive you at least 3 times a day. You have to fast at least twice a week. You must pray at least an hour a day. And more…

These rules and regulations are a byproduct of the Law. The Law was designed to increase sin, show people their faults, and let everyone know they need a Savior (Rom. 5:20; Gal. 3:19). We’re no longer under the Law but, there are people who still choose to live by all these rules. They’ve convinced themselves that following these rules makes them holy and righteous. The problem with living by these rules is if we violate these rules, people often feel guilty or ashamed before God. This guilt is detrimental to our desires.

Hebrews 10:19 says, therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies by the power and virtue in the blood of Jesus,
In verse 35-36 it goes on to say, So do not throw away your confidence; it holds a great reward. You need to persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised.

If we feel guilty, we won’t have the confidence to come to God and receive what’s been promised.

If we’re living by the Law to be accepted by God and to receive the promises of God, we’ll be greatly disappointed. Our righteousness, holiness, and our desires comes through our faith in Jesus (Rom. 3:22; Heb. 10:10). Let’s be free from the shackles of the Law and totally place our faith in what Jesus has accomplished for us.

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