Freedom in Christ = True Freedom
What is true freedom?
It’s more than the breaking of physical or political bonds. Men and women who throw off the chains of tyrants are to be celebrated. But those I admire most also understand and live in the true liberty that is internal.
Is your heart free? Your mind? Your soul?
They can be.
They key to that freedom is held by the One who gave His life to pay for your freedom.
How do we FIND freedom in Christ?
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” (Luke 4:18)
- Jesus’ words indicate that his mission was to come and free those who were slaves. But did he mean those who were literally bought and sold, or those who were spiritually bound?
- Are you a slave? Or are you completely free in your heart? Are your attitudes, actions and patterns of thought and living completely free? Or do you need to be set free?
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
- And we could say that where the Spirit of the Lord is not, there is not freedom.
- So, is the Spirit of the Lord in you? Are you living in and experiencing the kind of freedom that comes only from having God live within you? You can have freedom in Christ.
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12)
- Jesus Christ gained our freedom when He laid down His life on the cross. The devil thought that by killing the son of God that he was winning the ultimate victory. The fact of the matter is that Jesus was winning by dying.
- How? Jesus Christ, the son of God, sacrificed his perfect life in order to secure our freedom. His sinless life provided the ultimate sacrifice to end a cycle of sacrifices that had gone on for thousands of years.
- Now all we need to approach God is faith in Christ. It really is that simple.
What do we DO with freedom in Christ?
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
- Once you are free, you will be tempted to go back to the old, familiar ways of slavery to self, to sin and to the ways you once knew. Don’t do it! Christ has set you free by sacrificing His life. Don’t ignore that high price that was paid for you. Embrace the supernatural gift of liberty that you have been given. Make freedom in Christ your new normal. Don’t look back.
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” (1 Corinthians 9:19)
- Now we’re getting ridiculous. Paul had freedom in Christ. His life had been a train wreck, but now he was living free. The chains that once made his heart hard and his life a mess had been been broken. He was a new man. What did he do next?
- Paul took Christ’s example of laying down his life for others and decided to live out that life. Finding true freedom in Christ, he chose to make his life a living sacrifice. Instead of living for his own comfort or glory, he decided to live out the rest of his days as God’s servant.
- Now that you have discovered freedom in Christ, what will you do with it? Will you turn around and make your life a sacrifice for others? Will you dedicate yourself to sharing the freedom you have found? Your answer to this question will determine whether or not you will embark on the most amazing adventure you could ever imagine.
How do we KEEP our freedom in Christ?
“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45)
- Freedom in Christ is found by faith. Freedom in Christ grows and flourishes as we seek God’s ways, not our own. Now that we are free, we get to pursue this relationship with Him further. We enter into a constant process of growth. This lifelong journey will transform us with each step we take.
- Seek His teaching daily. Make His Word your spiritual food, and you’ll find new levels of freedom in Christ you never thought possible.
“But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:25)
- Keep looking to God. Keep responding to God. He will lead you daily.