So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. ~ John 8:36
If you are in Christ, then you are in Freedom Himself. If Christ dwells in you, then Freedom Himself dwells in you. I am in Christ, and Christ lives in me. I am FREE INDEED.
I am free from the bondage of sin, including, but not limited to, all the various sins that once shackled me: addiction, bitterness, gossip, greed, hate, idolatry, immorality, impurity, jealousy, judgement, lust, lying, pornography, selfishness, unforgiveness, and others.
I am free from my soul life (my self), including, but not limited to, the need to be number one, the need to always get my way, the need to always be right, the need to have my rights exercised, the need to do whatever I want to do, the need to preserve my life, and other “needs”.
I am free from the old man (old nature), including, but not limited to, cynicism, course talk and jesting, envying, keeping records of wrongs, outbursts of anger, striving, and other characteristics of the old nature.
I am free from the world system (Egypt), including, but not limited to, the educational system, the economic system, the political system, and other subsystems of the world system.
I am free from the religious system (Babylon), including, but not limited to, all efforts to please God out of my self, all models and methods of doing church, the pastoral hierarchy of leadership, and other organized, man-made religious structures.
I am free from the Christian expectation, including, but not limited to, having to read and study my bible everyday, having to witness to so many people each week, having to attend services so many times per week, having to pray before every meal and sporting event, having to vote republican, having to shun non-christian music and R-rated movies, having to ask “What would Jesus do?”, and other efforts to please God and live the christian life by my own strength.
I am free from the sting of death.
I am free from fear and doubt.
I am free from condemnation.
I am free from a lot of things. But I am also free to do a lot of things.
I am free to choose another way (God’s way).
I am free to live by another life (Christ’s life).
I am free to operate from another source (my spirit, not my soul).
I am free to love and forgive as I am loved and forgiven.
I am free to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, not on my circumstance or the world around me.
I am free to follow the life (of Christ), not the social norm, christian expectation, or apparent “need” of any situation.
I am free to eat and drink of Christ at every moment of every day.
I am free to deny myself and pick up my cross.
I am free to see Christ in my brothers and sisters.
I am free to allow the Lord to work and move through me without expectation nor limitation.
I am free to pursue God’s dream.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. ~ Galatians 5:1
However, I am also free to not choose my freedom. I am free to choose bondage again. I have discovered that the freedom is real and eternal, but it is not always manifested physically. I may be stuck in a job I don’t like, but I’m free to still be content and find my joy in the Lord. I may have a friend who offends me, but I am free to forgive and not be bitter. Jesus, and therefore Freedom, is a choice. It is a daily, moment-by-moment choice. And if you are in Christ, dear reader, then you have a choice. Choose Freedom. Stand firm, and choose. For if the Son has made you free, then you are FREE INDEED.