A Life of Freedom
In the United States of America, we live in an independent country with the freedom of choice and rights. Many people in this country don’t realize that our freedom is being challenged and our rights are in jeopardy. If an individual doesn’t stand up and speak up for what they believe in, they’re in danger of losing what they possess. And in some cases, some never even realize the rights they have access too. This is true on a spiritual level, as well. Jesus made a statement in John 8:31-32,”If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus said the key to being free is staying in his word, that’s how we find and maintain our freedom, it’s our Bill of Rights. Notice, it’s not the truth that sets you free, it is the truth you know that will set you free. It’s a lack of the knowledge of the truth that destroys people (Hosea 4:6).
Freedom in Christ
When an individual finds a truth in God’s word and applies it to their life, the Son has made that person free (John 8:36). What’s sad is countless people in the world live in a spiritual prison not knowing that Jesus paid the price for their freedom. From their peace of mind, to their salvation, he did it all, paid for it all, and welcomes all who come to him. Many are slaves to sin and feel there is no way out. This keeps a person in bondage and this is exactly where the devil wants them. When a person believes in Jesus as their Lord, they become a new creation in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17-21). At this point they are free from sin and its power over their lives, because Jesus took their sin and forgave them. That doesn’t mean a believer can go on living in sin, and a life of whatever they please to do. That almost sounds like bondage, but it is absolute freedom. Romans 6:15-18,”15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living”. Instead of seeking freedom, realize Christ has already set you free. The guilt and condemnation the enemy brings is now powerless to us in Christ.
A life of joy
You serve Christ, the one who justified you and made you righteous, this makes you want to run from sin and live a holy life unto God. Not a life of staunch religious rituals, but a life of freedom and joy in Christ. In the past, I ministered in prisons, and I shared this analogy with the inmates: ‘If someone came in this prison today and paid for everyone in here to be released, there would be two groups of people. One group would leave here and go right back to what got them in here in the first place. Why? Because they’re not truly free yet. They still serve their old lifestyle and the nature of the flesh, which is sin (Galatians 5:1). But the other group would walk out of that prison and live a new life, with new perspective. Someone paid for their release, took their place, and gave them freedom they never could have accomplished themselves.’ Romans 8:1-2 says “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Only in Christ do we have our freedom and we can walk in newness of life (Galatians 3:22). Don’t try to become a free person; Jesus already did it for you. Receive it by faith and enjoy a life of freedom!
|Associate Pastor Bobby Wayne Musgrove is an ordained minister at the Denver House of Prayer. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Bobbi Allison, and two children. In his spare time, he is a violinist and loves to hunt.|