Monday, November 10, 2008

Freedom is a....

.... funny thing. I mean, there are so many different ways to think of freedom in this world, in this day and age. There's the freedom to vote, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion. But freedom is not everywhere, nor is it free. The freedoms we have in America were fought for, blood was shed over each and every one of them. Other places are still fighting for their freedom, still struggling to define it. No, freedom is not free. And it is finite. You can only vote so many times before there's no one to vote for anymore, and you can only speak so much until you have said all there is to say. And just because you have spoken does not necessarily mean you have said anything. Freedom is a funny thing.

But there is a freedom that is infinite, limitless, without boundaries, and from a source of never-ending power and knowledge: God. Regardless of our past, He freed us. From what? From anything and everything that hinders our communication with Him. Our sin, our past disappointments, our failures (see Romans 6-8). There is nothing that can separate the Christian from God! The price for this freedom was paid long ago by Jesus who died for us. One sacrifice, one man's blood shed for all, future and past.

Impossible you say? Fantastical? Want proof? Look at the people who follow Him for the thousands of years people have followed Him. Would so many people follow a god who wasn't real for this long? Would people risk there lives for thousands of years for a god who didn't exist? Look at this universe and see His power radiating from every corner of it!

Would people try so hard to disprove this God unless they were afraid that He actually exists?

I'm not going to try to prove that God exists, He has already done that through nature, through this universe, and through His own power manifested in these things. No, He exists.

Here are just a few places that the Bible talks about freedom. Find a verse that means something to you and claim it! Claim His freedom as His child and know that Satan has no hold on you and sin cannot touch you! You are free!! Claim your freedom!!

Psalm 118:5
In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.

Psalm 119:32
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

Psalm 119:45
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galatians 5:1
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.

Ephesians 3:12
In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

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