“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Cor. 3:17
The freedom that comes through faith in and devotion to 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. – Gal.5:1) rescues and liberates people from the guilt and slavery of sin (For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—Rom. 6:6) and from the power and control of Satan (open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me – Act26:18)
True freedom begins when a person accepts God’s forgiveness, enters a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of of God’s grace – Eph. 1:7) and receives the Holy Spirit. A person continues to experience freedom from spiritual slavery through the power of the Holy Spirit living within him or her and through obedience to the Spirit’s direction (Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death – Rom. 8:10)
The freedom provided by Christ is not a freedom for His followers to do whatever they want (“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.1 Cor. 10:23-24), but rather to do all that they should (You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
I put this in human terms because you are weak in your normal selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord – Rom 6:18-23). Spiritual freedom must never be used as an excuse for questionable behavior, to cover up evil or to justify conflict with other Christians (What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it.
You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God – James. 4:1-2). Christian liberty frees people to do what Christ desires and to serve God (for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.
They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God -1Thes. 1:9) and other people (Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.- 1Cor. 9:19) in ways that God determines are right (Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.- Rom. 6:18).
We are now Christ’s slaves – and even more, His willing servants (For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave – 1Cor. 7:22) – living to honor God with the Spirit’s help and enablement (so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord – Rom. 5:21)
10 Great Verses on Freedom
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm…” Galatians 5:1
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor. 3:17
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Isaiah 61:1
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” HYPERLINK “http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/10-10.html”
“But now you are free from the power of sin. You have become a servant for God. Your life is set apart for God-like living. The end is life that lasts forever.” Romans 6:22
We thank you for the freedom you have given to us, and for the price that was paid by Jesus so that we could live free. We remember today. The cost of it all. Help us to walk in the ways that you lead. We desire to follow your voice, to press in close and hear your heart for our nation.
Father, forgive us for when we have gone our own way, show us the path to a closer walk with you, help us to live every day that you give, with purpose and passion, never forgetting the sacrifice of your Son, on our behalf. Help us to live our lives in a way that brings full honor and glory to you.
Lord, bless those who have given, and continue to give, so sacrificially of their own lives, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms in our nation today. Bless their families, protect them and their loved ones, provide for their needs, fill them with your strength and grace. Help us not to take our freedom for granted. May we always remember that the liberties we so freely enjoy, cost others their very lives.
Thank you that in this nation today, we are free to worship. We are free to pray. We are free to read your Word. We are free to speak. We are free to share. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Yet, we understand how quickly these freedoms can be taken away. Give us an increased awareness of the spiritual battle we’re in. Help us to stand strong in you, for you, and for your purposes.
Thank you Lord, that no matter what we face, you hold the final say. Thank you for your presence with us, thank you that you are strong. Thank you that you fight for us, and we are never alone.
In Jesus’ name,
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He choose for His inheritance.” Psalm 33:12
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