Freedom – What is True Freedom?
Since this is Independence month in the USA, the Lord led me to do a little word study on freedom. I am simply awed by the freedom we have in Christ. Friend, I sincerely hope and pray that you share the same freedom. Here is how you can:
The human heart craves freedom! Americans know what it means to fight for it, die for it, march for it, campaign for it, and live in the enjoyment of it.
But are we really free? Can you say for certain that you are completely free from the bondage of sin, death, fear, worry, and doubt? God wants you to be free! The message of the Bible is that true freedom comes only through Jesus Christ.
1. GOD CREATED US
The Bible teaches that God made us so that we could know Him and live with Him.
“In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him” (Genesis 5:1).
“God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
2. SIN SEPARATED US
Then we sinned, and were separated from God. Sin is anything we do that goes against what God wants.
“Your iniquities [wrong-doings] have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).
“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
3. JESUS DIED FOR US
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus—His only Son—to die for us. Through Jesus, we can be brought back to God.
“He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation [payment] for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
“Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
DO YOU WANT TO BE FREE?
Jesus offers freedom from sin and death:
“Jesus answered them … Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:34,36).
“We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death … that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:9,14-15).
And a new life free from fear and worry:
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
You can be free in Christ.
and the truth shall make you free.