Freedom

The celebration of Independence Day each year helps remind me of many things I take for granted.  One is the price and courage it took to found this our country.  Second, is like it, but more elusive, it is the price and courage it continues to keep our country free. We may be called upon to make those sacrifices, if not and we do not live for the costly freedom we’ve been given we dishonor those who have paid the price for that freedom.

In much the same way our walk in faith is one of the freedom, paid for with the sacrifice of Christ.  Be cautious of those who make the promises that don’t have the power.  They don’t want you to be free they want you to be like them.

“They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.  For whatever overcomes a person, to than he is enslaved.”  2 Peter 2:19

It is impossible to receive freedom from the promises of the slaves of corruption.  Freedom comes from the one who can deliver out of bondage, Christ.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  Galatians 5:1

Once we are free, stand firm don’t become a slave again.  For in so doing we remain under the penalty and in bondage.  We also dishonor the sacrifice of Christ for our freedom from sin.  In so doing we ignore our greatest gift.  We have an opportunity to live in freedom for Christ.

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

The freedom in the Lord is that we are set free to follow him.  In turning from our old way of life we become slaves again to the very thing that has set us free.

Many live the only life they know, enslaved and overcome by desires and pursuits.  Others believe the easy promises of the corrupt which don’t bring freedom.  The attempt is to justify the promise givers.  Still others know about the promise of freedom in Christ and say that they accept those promises while not living into that freedom.

It would be as if the door to prison were opened and the shackles taken off and we choose to remain, rather than living into that freedom.  Knowing about freedom and living for freedom are not the same.  Through the cross of Christ we have freedom from sin and death, we should live for him.