Introductions; If you ask most people what freedom is they will say something like:
The last two were very popular definitions of freedom with the inmates when I worked as a prison officer.
If you go on the internet you can find many quotes about freedom, but are they right?
Were the inmates right? Are the quotes completely right? I think not.
From what I have seen not one of them have come close to explaining the truth of freedom.
And as we have all no doubt heard, The truth will set you free
Did you know that when you know this truth you can be free even if your in prison!
Freedom as the world sells it to us is a lie..
Here is a snapshot of what the bible says about freedom:
Straight away a hard hitting verse, but can you see what it is really saying?
Where the spirit of God is there is freedom, we can work backwards from this statement and you have another truth “where the Lord isn’t, there is no freedom”.
You may be thinking you feel free, but without God you are not, you cannot be truly free; why?
This freedom lark is starting to look a little harder than we first thought, We have been called to be free!
We can choose to do anything we like, however if we did that how can we possibly love our neighbour as we love ourselves as our default action is to please self rather than others. Not everything we choose is for our benefit.
It is impossible when we are solely fulfilling our needs. We are called to love our neighbour as we love ourself.
If we are serving self, we are serving no one else..
We can do whatever we like, but if we become a slave to our own needs and so lose freedom; why?
Without submitting ourselves to God’s will we follow only what we want or what the world says we need.
We all have free will, if we do not give it up to God; if we do not freely chose to let God rule our lives we become ruled by it.
We all have this issue, it is not just a few extreme examples but everyone!
Where is the freedom in being ruled by our weight, height, income, promotion, family, tradition, Xbox, mobile phone, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, housing, exam results. Not forgetting Drink, drugs, gambling and all the other addictive things out there.
Without God’s rule in your life you are being ruled by your own wants, needs and desires.
NOTHING in the above list, not one thing can set you free..
Freedom in God is achieved by submitting to God; the world we live in hates that truth, but the bible is clear on who rules this world.
We have been freed In Christ for a reason, every single one of us has a purpose In Christ.
We are all ministers, we all have a ministry. Nothing gets in the way of the commission given to all of us.
Not some of us, not only the adults or the church leaders; all of us!
So what is this truth that will set us free?
Freedom is found in God and God alone, everything else is an imitation a fake.
Once we have been set free then we can start doing Gods will; helping others discover the truth of what we can be in Christ.
The thing is we can be in Christ, saved, have the right to freedom and still be a slave; why? When we choose to live like we have not met Christ, we are ruling in our lives, not him..
As I have mentioned before, believing in Jesus, his godliness, is not the same as submitting your life to him and following. Satan and all his demons believe in Jesus and his godliness, no one could say they follow Jesus or have submitted to God!
We must submit to Christ then, choose everyday to live like it to gain true freedom. Any other way of living life is a lie, you are not free.
Outside of a total submission to Christ’s rule in our heads and hearts as the bible asks; you are a slave to something else, we all are.
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