As we approach Holy Week (or Easter), Free Indeed will be sharing posts about how the cross and resurrection impact our everyday lives. To kick it off, I’m thrilled to host my blogging sister Diana, who exhorts us to embrace the true freedom Jesus offers – touching the main mission of this blog. I love her wise words and her desire to point us to the blessed path of righteousness, more of which you can read at her blog dianasdiaries.com.
Christian freedom is priceless, because Christ paid a heavy price for our sake.
Yet why do we still prefer to live in the shadows of our hurtful past and addictions?
God can set us free from any circumstance that we are facing today.
Anyone who has experienced a bondage of some form or another – be it addiction, legalism, rituals, depression, anger, foul mouth, or even physical and sexual abuse – can be free.
These bondages cast a shadow into our broken soul, and only Jesus Christ promises an abundant and free life today.
Our sinful life hinders our relationship with a Holy and Mighty God. Christian freedom is an invitation where you can freely choose to accept God’s offer for your soul.
You are invited to experience this freedom of Gospel through the following:
Freedom Through the Son of God
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 says that if anyone commits a crime, he is put to death by hanging on the tree. He is cursed by God.
In Galatians 3:13 we see this command was fulfilled by Jesus who was cursed because He was the substitute for our sins and hung on the cross.
Through Christ, we experience freedom because He took upon Himself all our bondages and curses.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Who is the Truth? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
When we truly come to know the Truth of the Gospel, then our spiritual eyes are opened to the error of our sinful ways.
Romans 8:1-2, NIV says: “therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
The intervention of Christ on behalf for mankind has put an end to the bondage of sin and Satan.
If Christ didn’t resurrect from the dead, then the Gospel would be futile, and we would be forever bound to hell. But Jesus rose up on the third day, and praise God He has set us FREE!
So, what does God expect back from us? Here is the second point.
Freedom Through Surrender
“Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
And save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel…”
This amazing song by Carrie Underwood conveys what surrender means.
We often do not like to relinquish the control in our own lives or the lives of the people we are with. Christ wants us to surrender our will, our desire to follow our own rules that are against God’s Word.
We know that the road we are traveling right now can be disastrous, so we must invite God to take over the control of every area in our lives. The truth is that we are not even in control of our own breath and heartbeat.
Many a times others will tell us that surrendering our lives to Christ means being a slave of God. It is true, but we are voluntarily choosing to be God’s servants, as ones who serve God and not sin. (Exodus 21:5-6)
Being a slave of righteousness, of God is not drudgery, because the result will be holiness and eternal life (Romans 6:22). Paul, James, Peter and others proudly called themselves as “bondservants of Christ.”
True spiritual freedom is where we deliberately decline the freedom to sin anymore. We must give up our desire to slander someone else or be a slave to lust.
2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
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Freedom Through Saving Grace
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.” – B.B. Warfield
I believe grace is unmerited kindness extended to an undeserving person.
We didn’t deserve eternal life, or this amazing freedom in Christ, because of how unholy and sinful we’ve been. Yet, God saw it fit to redeem us and extend the hand of saving grace.
In Ephesians 2:8, KJV we read that “For by grace are ye saved through faith;and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
The saving grace is completely God’s gift to us through the work that was completed on the cross by Lord Jesus. It is about our spiritual salvation from sin secured by the covenant of grace where we are called children of God and His heirs.
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. Gal 5:13, NLT
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What is this Gospel of Freedom?
Gospel means “Good News”, and the good news is that God offers to each mankind the forgiveness and victory over sin through His Son Lord Jesus Christ.
The penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and it pleased God to send His Only Son to take our wretched sin upon Himself and die on the Cross. (Romans 4:25).
Christ died and rose again on the third day and claimed victory over death and sin. No other gods died and rose again for mankind.
Now whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ and confesses her sins before God shall be forgiven of their sins. (Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9).
My friend, God has given us a choice today. Choose to either experience freedom in the Gospel and be with Him in Heaven or to choose slavery to sin, eternal death, and the judgment of God.
Come to Jesus as you are, and vow never to turn back from God.
The Bible says that where sin increases, Grace of God increases more. So, do you think we can continue to sin just because God’s grace will continue to cover us?
Freed by Christ,
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