Friday, September 30, 2016

I really am free because of Jesus


So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law… For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Freedom is an incredible thing.  I have met many people who have spent time in prison.  Some left prison only to return not long after being released.  Some would never return to prison.

One of the things that sticks out most to me is a lady who said something like this, “I felt more free behind bars than when I got out.”  She went on to explain how her connection to God was so good and so strong while she was in prison that she felt completely forgiven and free as God revealed himself to her.

That is an incredible truth.  We really are free because of all God has done for us.  Jesus set us free. 

Coming to realize this truth is something that all of us have to come to grips with.  Being free has much more to do with what my heart holds than to where my feet and body stand.  Being free may change so many things for us and for the people around us.

The music group Newsboys says it this way in their son I Am Free:

"I Am Free"

Through you the blind will see
Through you the mute will sing
Through you the dead will rise
Through you all hearts will praise
Through you the darkness flees
Through you my heart screams
I am free
Yes, I am free

I AM FREE TO RUN
I AM FREE TO DANCE
I AM FREE TO LIVE FOR YOU
I AM FREE
YES I AM FREE

Through you the kingdom comes
Through you the battle's won
Through you I'm not afraid
Through you the price is paid
Through you there's victory
Because of you my heart sings
I am free
Yes, I am free

May we know and cling to this reality.  May this theological truth sink in far more than what we hear or what we think.  It has to go deep in to our heart so that we live as free people, set free by the grace and goodness of our God!

John 8:36  ESV
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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