Celebrate Freedom in Christ

Celebrate Freedom In Christ

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 

What are these two laws? They are found in the physical man (body) and spiritual man (spirit) with the soul acting as servant to the leading law of the spirit.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

You are free to choose which law you live under.

Romans 8:5-14 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

2 Cor 3:17-18 17Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Choose wisely.  It is the Spirit who works at giving life to your mortal body.

John 8:30-36 30As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  33They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”  34Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

True freedom comes by His Word and His Spirit.

James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Life abundant is realized through abiding in the Word which is “the perfect law of liberty”.

James 2:8 and 12 8If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; …12So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.

You are judged by the Word which promotes liberty. You are free to love God and neighbor.

Galatians 5:13 13For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity {license} for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Freedom from the law of sin and death equates to freedom from self-love, leaving you free to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength…and your neighbor as yourself. Following the royal law of love brings us under the law of liberty.

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 9But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He must live in us and produce His thoughts and His ways of doing. We live by faith in the Son of God or we die by our carnal minds. We set the mind on spirit or flesh; we then experience life or death.

Galatians 2:20 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Jesus came to set captives free. Whenever He taught, healed the sick, and ministered, He viewed each person as someone who was trapped and needed to be free – not as someone who was lazy and needed to try harder.

He emphasized freedom throughout His ministry. He equipped people to live in it and to become instruments of freedom to others saying, “Freely you have received, freely give”. He taught us that we give away whatever is within us. When we become carriers of freedom, it becomes contagious.

As a pastor, my job is to help people step into their true identity in order for God to restore what’s been stolen. That requires that you aren’t accepting unbiblical definitions of freedom. Because our souls are hard-wired for freedom, we tend to pursue anything we believe constitutes real freedom, sometimes working diligently for the wrong things.  Most people define freedom as the absence of bad… The Bible definition is not the absence of something; it is the presence of Someone.

Embrace this and allow God to go more deeply into the hidden places of your hearts; He forces out things you’ve failed to change.  Seeking first the kingdom of God is the key. Whatever we seek first organizes every other facet of our lives. So if we seek first relief from pain or difficulty, they become the organizing factor in our lives. If we seek first relief from demonic influence or emotional struggles, that organizes life. 

If we seek first the kingdom of God, then His power takes its rightful place in life. Spiritual thinking moves us away from trying hard to change behavior or thoughts to learning to surrender to God where our identity is restored and we break free from chains (life-long struggles).

Freedom is the ability to live life as the person you were created and redeemed to be and to spread that freedom to others. Do you need to experience the freeing power of God?