“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
What is the Biblical definition of liberty?
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines liberty as this:
LIB’ERTY, n. L. libertas, from liber, free.
Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty, when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.
What is it that operates to restrain our actions or volitions? There is only one thing – its sin. You may say its another person, but the root issue in that person’s heart is sin. You may say its negative circumstances, but often times those circumstances are created by the enemy of our souls and he works to strengthen the effects of sin so that we forget what Christ has done. Most oftentimes though, the truth of the matter is that, we are controlled from within.
It is true that when we receive Christ, His liberating work is complete and accomplished in our life. However, we then begin a process of becoming free, or maybe more accurately learning to live in that freedom, as the Lord places His finger on those things that still have a controlling effect in our lives. See our Father is after something in us. In order to truly understand the magnitude of what Christ set us free from – we must see that our freedom propels us toward something. What are we set free to do? Love God with our whole heart. What does sin keep us from? Loving God with our whole heart.
For some of us, that thought is a bit insulting, because we really love God. We know from what depths we have been rescued. We know that we were dead in our sins and that we have now been made alive with Christ and we cherish it with everything that we have. But we need to ask ourselves if the liberty that Jesus died a brutal death to secure for us is truly experiential in every area of our hearts and if there is a controlling pull in a revealed area, how do we take hold of the freedom that is ours?
Over the next few weeks, we are going to focus on some of the things that keep us bound and prayerfully through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we can get a revelation of God’s love in that area that is a yoke of slavery for us. The command from our Lord Jesus is clear – do not submit to it. But please know this dear reader, that there is now therefore no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. And what is usually true is that we have a condemning thinking pattern that keeps a stronghold alive where the enemy can come in and convince us that we are not free.
The Scripture tells us to submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from us. How do we submit to God? By asking Him to free us from our mindsets that have dominated us in the past. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Liberty to do what? Love God without anything controlling our actions or volitions.
If you struggle and are ready for freedom, I hope you will continue to follow this blog. I am praying for you, dear one. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free – it is your inheritance – and its freely given by the only One who can offer -His name is Jesus – the perfect lamb of God.