Freedom in Christ
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
If Christ sets us free from slavery, then what is holding us in the yoke of slavery? Could it be the world and sin is holding us in slavery? For everyone born of God overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4) If we are to overcome the world then the world must be trying to hold us in the bondage of sin, after all Satan is alive and active. As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient (Ephesians 2: 1-2) Christ forgives our sins and the Holy Spirit enables us to overcome the world and have victory in Christ. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
The more thankful we are for the forgiveness from Christ, the more we develop a forgiving heart. We can never be free in Christ if we carry the toxic attitude of unforgiveness. When we carry an unforgiving heart we are being our own God, but if we place the person who we cannot forgive into the hands of the Lord, then we can be free.
God is molding us to the mind of Christ, and as our mind is continually renewing, the more freedom we will experience. Renewing of the mind is essential for freedom in Christ and this requires continued spiritual growth. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) This growth requires reading the Word, praying, having a strong church family, and walking in obedience, reflecting Christ to the world.
The more we walk with the Lord the more we learn to trust his good, pleasing and perfect will. As our faith increases we learn to give the Lord control of our lives and our will starts to become the desire to follow Christ. Our will and the will of God become the same. We are now free; we are controlled more by the Spirit than we are by the things from the world. We take everything to the Lord and he guides us through life.
We take everything to the Lord including our emotions. If we cannot control our emotions, then we are a slave to the world. We will respond to the world through our emotions instead of taking our emotions to the Lord and responding with Godly wisdom. It is essential that we take everything to the Lord and respond according to his will.
The Word tells us to put God first in our lives and that we are ambassadors for Christ. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10:37) In Luke it states we are to love the Lord more than our own life. (Luke 14:26) When we love the Lord more than anyone are anything in life, we are truly closer to the Lord than we are to the world and we have more of God’s love to reflect to the world. We see ourselves as ambassadors for Christ and we let the Lord guide us through life making Godly choices and leaving the results to him. We pray about everything, walk in his wisdom, and leave the results in his hands. We are now free in Christ and living life to the full, God is in control and heaven is our home.
Today be free in Christ; let the Lord guide your thoughts, words, and actions. Pray for guidance and help, give your best to the Lord in whatever you are doing, and leave the results in his hands. Experience the peace and rest that comes from truly being free in Christ. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Prayer: Lord, help me to be truly free and experience rest for my soul. Help me to trust you fully knowing your love for me is perfect. Guide me today as your servant, with a heart of peace, reflecting your love and kindness to everyone. In Jesus name, Amen