These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. (Colossians 2:23 NLT)
Rules provide "no help in conquering a person's evil desires."
Rules (laws, statues, commandments) in scripture are designed to do one thing: make us aware of our sinful behavior, attitudes, words and thoughts. And that is God's grace at work. Because if we're not aware we're breaking his law, we'll not be convicted and repentant. We'll harden our heart.
That's what the whole letter to the Galatians is about. But I digress...
The point here is that Christ set us free from all that! (v. 20) We don't have to live with a list of rules or laws in our hands. We're free from that now. The law of Christ is in us now. The Spirit of Christ rules our hearts now.
Freedom. Freedom in Christ. Breathe it in again for the first time. Freedom.
Other than sin, all things are permissible (even though not all things are profitable). Paul says this in other places a number of times.
What is interesting is that the less rules we try to follow, the less temptation there is for us. Rules (think laws) tempt our flesh to want to break them.
Think about the last time you saw a sign that read, "Don't walk on the grass." You really wanted to walk on that grass, didn't you. But not until you saw the sign telling you not to!
When we're free to walk in the Spirit, we don't need the laws or rules (except maybe to inform us) to keep us from living a holy, blameless life. We're walking with the HOLY Spirit of God! I don't think he'll allow us to walk contrary to any of his laws without convicting us of it.
So quit trying to be holy by keeping the law. Christ freed you from that!
Walk with the Spirit (Gal 5) and enjoy the freedom in Christ we all received when we were born again.
What is God saying to you right now?
What are you going to do about it?