You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13
Freedom is usually seen as all about one’s own self. It is the ability for one to be able to not be under the bondage of another person, to be allowed to do what one wants to do. It is having the ability to make one’s own self happy.
The process of making one’s self happy is usually a selfish, and often sinful way. Man’s heart is always inclined to sin, unless God is allowed to change it. Just the fact that it is usually about pleasing one’s self, makes the action sinful because selfishness, in itself, is a sin.
The majority of the things that the world finds pleasure in are sinful. Getting drunk, sex out of marriage, violence, hate, suffering, pornography, greed, and many more things are the things the world loves, yet are sin. Each of these things appears to please self, even though it is destroying self.
God does not want the believer to live in this same way. Paul states that every believer is called to be free, but not to use that freedom for sin. The freedom that is given to a person is not to be selfish, but to serve someone else.
Jesus came to this earth, not for His own pleasure or to serve Himself or be served, but to serve all mankind. He came to give every person a chance at forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus did not have to do it, but He chose to do it out of love. It is only in love for someone else can a person find the power and ability to serve someone else above himself.
As a believer you are free, but you are not free to do whatever you want as the world does. You have been set free from the bondage of sin to live a life for God and to serve God and others. Just as Jesus put others before Himself, you must also put others before yourself.
As you put others before yourself in service to them, God will put others before you to serve you. He will meet your every need. You will then find the joy and happiness that will last for eternity, not the temporary happiness of this world.
I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has given you; that you will know the love God has shown you; that you will show God’s love to others; and that you will serve others as Jesus has served you.
“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this will be their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
Israel had been in exile and bondage because of the rebellion against God. Through Isaiah, God was telling them of a time when they would be redeemed and set free again. When this happens, God says that there will be no weapon that can be brought against them and that they will be able to refute every accusation. All of this is what they will inherit from the Lord and it will be God’s way of getting back at the enemy.
The world looks at physical weapons as very powerful and able to destroy anyone or anything. The reality of any physical weapon is just that it is physical. Something physical cannot destroy anything that is not physical.
The body of a person is physical, but that is not what makes the person who he really is. It is his soul that makes the person who he is. The soul is spirit and cannot be destroyed by anything that is just physical.
As a believer, your spirit is in God’s hands. He is the only one who can destroy it. Man can kill your body, but your soul will live forever.
Israel was also given the ability to refute any accusations. Satan will try to accuse you of many sins, all of which probably did happen. However, Jesus, in His great love and mercy, has forgiven each and removed them. Satan can no longer accuse you of those sins.
Many believers, also remember their sins and accuse themselves. Often an individual is his own greatest accuser. One knows himself the best and what he has done in the past. Do not accuse yourself of a sin that Jesus has removed. Reject the devil and his thoughts.
You have a heritage from God that says that you are a child of God, who is pure in the eyes of God through the work of Jesus on the cross. The sins of your past are no longer remembered. There is no more accusation against you. God is on your side, claim your heritage.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know that you have been cleansed by Jesus of all sin, that you will not fear any weapon; and that you will refute all accusations.
But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked. Psalm 129:4
No one likes to be bound up in chains or handcuffs. They want to have their freedom to live life as they desire. Most people feel that they are free in this world to live their own lives. There are some countries where that freedom is not really felt as much, but most still feel that way.
The reality is that most people are bound up in the chains of this world. The world holds many people back from really living life to the fullest and best possible.
These chains are the chains of fear, ridicule, persecution, and shame. The world tries to tell a person that if he believes in God, he is ridiculous and crazy. Following God is being narrow-minded and often seen as bigoted and unloving.
When a person starts to believe these things, he begins to fear the world and chooses to stay far from God. In doing so, he has allowed the world to put chains on him. His hands, feet, and heart are bound up in chains that he, alone, cannot break.
Living like this keeps a person from living the life God has for him. He begins to live life as the world tells him to live, a life apart from God. This life is a life of death. It is on the path to destruction for all eternity.
Many believers fall into this trap. They are caught up in legalistic obedience to God. They do not have the loving relationship with God that God desires. They are bound up in chains that other “believers” have put on them.
God saw your inability to break those chains and did something about it. God had broken all these chains when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.
Jesus chose to set you free so that you may live your life for Him. In living for God, you will be living a full and abundant life. There will be joy and satisfaction that cannot be found in the ways of this world.
Are you allowing Jesus to break those chains in your life?
Or are you allowing the world to keep you chained up?
I pray today that you will allow God to set you free; that you will live for Jesus; that you will not seek the ways of this world; that you will not be deceived by this world; and that you will live an abundant life for God.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45
Many people do not walk in freedom in this world. They walk in fear of what they may be doing wrong. The biggest fear comes with fearing what others are thinking. It is found in fearing that others may think that what is being done is wrong.
It is been shown many times that most people will give in to peer pressure to do wrong, even when they know it is wrong to do. It is difficult to do something right while everyone is doing it wrong. People do not feel as though they have the freedom to do the correct thing.
Believers have the same problem. A believer had heard from God on what to do and how to do it. Many of the believers around him, try to tell him that he is wrong and that is the wrong way to do it.
Along with fearing what others may say, many believers do not really know what God is saying to do. They have not read the Bible to know what God’s word says. The Bible gives guidance as to how to live a life for God here on this earth.
When you have read the Bible and know what God says, you know what God wants you to do and how to do it. You know the sins God wants you to flee from. You also know that in Jesus Christ you have been forgiven of all sins and set free. In knowing these things, you can walk in freedom.
You are free from hearing condemnation from God. You are also free from fearing what other people may think, because you know you are in right standing with God.
The ability to walk in freedom comes with knowing God and His ways of doing things. Knowing and following Jesus is knowing God and His ways. As you walk as Jesus did, you will walk in freedom. Jesus never walked in bondage or fear.
How are you walking today?
As the world does, in fear and bondage?
Or as Jesus, in freedom?
I pray today that you will know God’s Word in your heart; that you will know the freedom Jesus provides; that you will walk a life of service to God; and that you will live in the freedom of God’s laws.