3 Mar 2000

Freedom

Submitted by theshovel
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Is freedom just another word for nothing left to lose? Freedom is a fantastic word for a fantastic reality, and we have made a mess of its meaning! If you don’t realize from the start that the world’s definition of it has NOTHING to do with reality then you will automatically conform to it. Yikes! Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind! (For some reason that sounds very “scriptural” hahaha!) Jesus had said, “If the Son sets you free, you will really be free!” We say, “What are you talking about? We’re nobody’s slave!” But He said, “Whoever sins is the slave of sin.” And we say, “Whooooah!” Don’t we? Your reaction reveals how deeply you’ve been influenced by dead thinking. First, because He said whoever SINS and you know that just can’t be right, because it says you’ll never be free (Why did Jesus have to say stuff like that, anyway?). But this is GOOD news! But it wouldn’t be good if Jesus hadn’t really freed us from our sins. Or don’t you know that what He did removes you from the indictment of whoever sins? Do you believe in the One that God sent? Well, then don’t you know who He has made you to be? BOTTOM LINE: Freedom is not about your finances or your job or getting your own way or which country you live in or any of your circumstances because you could have freedom in all of these things and yet not be truly free. Sin enslaves, and you really know that, because you are constantly trying to overcome it! But Jesus already overcame it for us. So, what in the heck are you doing, anyhow? Didn’t you know that those who believe in Christ have already overcome sin? That’s why we’re free. Don’t let your objections blindside you from seeing the obvious.
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How can you realize the freedom you have in Christ? I say that you will discover it, more times than not, in the midst of the bondage that still seems to hold you down. You see, the power of the gospel is not found merely in the words of its testimony of Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is found in the reality that has been brought about because of who he is and what he has done. That reality is that Christ is in you. He is there, and his life witnesses from within you … despite all the doubts that you think actually come from within you. source