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Free Indeed! Finding Freedom in Christ

Since this blog is being written between the celebration of Juneteenth and the Fourth of July, I thought it would be fitting to talk about freedom. Not the freedom from the hands of devilish overlords or oppressive governments, but the bona fide freedom we have in Christ.

Some believe that true freedom is the absence of constraint, control, and caution. I want to assert that in a world riddled with chaos and confusion, God offers us something more transformative through Jesus Christ. The answer, the real answer lies in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Him, you can find peace, purpose, joy, and freedom. Only this freedom transcends anything that your natural mind can understand.

The Prophet Isaiah foretold of a coming Messiah (Jesus) who would set the captives free. Free from what you ask? This freedom is not just about liberation from physical bondage and social oppression, but it is also a release from the spiritual bondage of sin and death.

       

  • You can be free from sin, which separates humanity from God and keeps us bound in destructive behaviors. Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection offer forgiveness and cleansing. Romans 6:22 says, “But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.” 

·         You can be free from the law. That is the Mosaic Law with all its strict requirements that none can accomplish. Christ did for believers what they could not do for themselves. Galatians 3:13 explains, “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

·         You can be free to live in the Spirit. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit allows you true freedom. The Holy Spirit will empower you to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), live righteously, and align yourself with God’s will.

Freedom in Christ has transformative power. You gain a new identity that is not based on past mistakes or achievements but God’s unconditional love. John 1:12 states, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  This new identity brings a sense of belonging and purpose. You are enabled to live a life of purpose and impact.

You can find peace and joy, too. This peace and joy that does not depend on circumstances, but rests deeply in the assurance of God faithfulness and presence. In this, you can find peace and hope in any situation. Philippians 4:7 promises, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Freedom in Christ is an experience that will transform and redirect your life. I know that may sound scary to some, but truth is that life only gets better. It is an invitation to live above the constraints of sin, fear, and social pressures and expectations. A life of grace, power, and divine purpose can belong to you. This is the freedom that can transform your life into one of peace, joy, and gratitude. Satisfaction guaranteed.

 

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