I’m starting The Faith Project with a closer look at freedom. What is it? What does it mean for me? How can I live faithfully aware of the freedom I have in Jesus.
Jesus said to the people who believed in Him:
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:30–31
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:36
But what exactly is freedom in Christ?
1. Freedom from the guilt and shame of sin.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 8:23–24
2. Freedom from slavery to sin.
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16
3. Freedom from the lies we tell ourselves.
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:8–9
4. Freedom from Satan’s lies.
Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Ephesians 6:10–11
That’s what it is, but how can I apply it?
Does it mean I can do whatever I want?
After all, if I’m no longer bound to the Law (Romans 7:5–6) I’m free to do what I want. Right?
Freedom makes me free to do what God wants. And I don’t know about you, but I still fall very short of what God wants.
As Rev and I drove home from church last weekend, where I’d confessed my sins before taking Communion, I caught myself saying things waaaay outside of God’s will. Seriously, I often wonder how long I could go without doing something that “falls short of God’s glory.” I’m pretty sure it’s not very long at all.
So, living out my freedom from sin means I want to confess and repent every day . . . more often when necessary and it’s usually necessary.
Confess – admit or state that I have done or failed to do something according to God’s will.
Repent – express sincere remorse over my failure and my desire to change.
What a way to start the year! Focusing on sin.
It’s not about sin. Actually, it’s about forgiveness. Forgiveness that gives freedom.
Freedom from the burden of sin, and Holy Spirit help to change.
So, I’m taking my journal and I’m confessing and repenting. I may not write down every little detail, but I’m documenting the changes I want to make. I’m replacing the lies of self-deception with the truth of God’s Word.
And I’m celebrating freedom. Freedom from sin. Freedom in Jesus. Freedom to be who He created me to be.
So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:6–7