“Either sin is lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, The Lamb of God- and if it is resting on Christ, you are free.” – Martin Luther
Do you consider yourself gullible? Will you believe anything and everything out of someone’s mouth? You are someone who trusts easily, and you take people at their word always! Or are you more of a sceptic? You want proof! You’ve been fooled one too many times and it’s not happening this time. You don’t believe it unless you see it for yourself. To be honest, I’m kinda both. It really depends more on the person and/or the situation for me. I wanna believe everyone, but sometimes what others are claiming well, it’s just too far-fetched for me.
But, there is definitely one thing I am hopeful people believe about me personally. I hope that I daily prove it through my actions and through my words. What is that one thing you might ask? Well, it’s that I’m free. You see, I have found freedom in Christ Jesus. And I know that I am no longer a slave to fear. That my true identity lies in the freedom He has given me and that I no longer need to carry the weight of all my sins. I am Free! And, man what an awesome feeling that is. When you truly believe you are free it changes you. And you can’t deny the difference it makes in your daily life. So, today lets talk about what freedom looks like to me. I want us to all see what it really looks like to live a life that proves you are free indeed. My hope is that this weeks blog helps you see ways to live a life where others don’t have to ask you for proof because they can see it with their own eyes.
Walking In Freedom
“Freedom is being so in love with Christ that you do exactly what you want to do and it accords with Christ.” (John Piper) I love that quote!! So many times when you hear people speaking of Christianity all you hear is talk of “rules” or “laws” as if you never get to do anything! That is sooo wrong. What most don’t realize is, to live in obedience for God is actually to know freedom. As backwards as that may sound to some, it’s true. Christ came to set us free. Not to set up a bunch of rules and regulations we must follow to be free. But, it is up to us to decide we want to walk in that freedom. And truthfully, we are often our own roadblock because we get caught up in the “rules”, the do’s and don’ts.
Freedom isn’t found in following rules. It’s found in Him. In truly seeking to know Him. Jesus isn’t concerned about religion, He is concerned about the relationship. He wants to walk in freedom along side you. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom.” That same Spirit lives in you! Do you understand the power of that? I hope you do. Listen, religion sets rules. Jesus sets free. Know the difference!
Repeat After Me
Repeat after me: I Am Free!!! Did you believe it, or just say the words? There is a big difference. Saying you are free and actually believing it (and acting like it) are very different things. If I were to ask your co-workers or 5 of your closest friends, what would they say? Do they know you are a Jesus follower? How about your Facebook page. Do the things you write, share, or post show your freedom found in Christ? People around are always watching. And as the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words.
“The freedom of the Christian is not the freedom to do whatever he or she wants, but freedom to obey God-willingly, joyfully, naturally.” (John MacArthur) This freedom we claim to have should be evident to all around us. Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t have off or bad days, come on! we are still human! But, it does mean that we try our best to be obedient. To daily say we will willingly pick up our cross and follow Him publicly, on social media, in our workplace and where ever we may go. Not just on Sunday mornings when it’s easy. Christians should be the best employees, parents, friends, etc. Why? Because we are called to stand out. To live a life that points to Him. That leads others to say: I Am Free!
Called To Live In Freedom
“You my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.” (Galatians 5:13) Alright, so you believe it, live it and are walking in freedom. Others know it and you are working hard on building your relationship with Him. And then boom! Out of nowhere your past comes creeping in. You let the devil in your head and you start doubting your freedom. This is exactly what the devil wants. He is trying to keep you from living the life you’ve been called to live.
Look, I’ve been there. I get it. It is so easy to fall back into believing you aren’t forgiven, you aren’t free and that your past defines you. I was that person. But here’s the deal. Christ came. He died. And His resurrection set us free no matter what the Devil wants us to think. There is nothing so big or so bad in your past that He can’t forgive. Christ has set you free from your past and He has called you to live in freedom from bondage, from fear, from addiction, from lies, etc. Don’t pick up what He has already handled. It’s done. Its forgiven. And you are free of your old self. Listen, you will know you’ve made the right decision when there is peace in your heart and freedom in your soul. That’s what freedom in Christ will do. Don’t be so busy holding on to your past that you miss out on the freedom right in front of you! Even if that means looking in the mirror every single day and saying to yourself, “I am not broken. I am not hopeless. I am not forgotten. I am not bound by sin. I am a new creation. I am Free.”.
I really do hope you’ve found freedom in Him. It’s so amazing! And it never gets old. Sharing my story with you all has really meant stepping out of my comfort zone but I’m so thankful that I have the freedom to do so. And I tell my story not so that I get fame, but so that others may know Him. That they may seek to know Him better and more freely. Because ultimately, that’s all life is about. Growing the kingdom of God one person at a time. Thank you so much for reading and I do hope you will share my blog with others who may need to find the freedom He offers to all! You are loved.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand Firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1