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FREEDOM. It’s more than the red, white, and blue for those of us living in the United States. It’s actually many colors throughout the world. Any of us could all give variations of what freedom means to us individually, corporately, etc. A simple definition of the freedom given in Dictionary.com states ‘Freedom’ as the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. In our world today especially I’d say that freedom in all its parameters has deep meaning to many yet others find it hard to attain, but the freedom we’re discussing is available for everyone.
Let’s talk about the best freedom there is. This freedom transcends where you live. It isn’t restricted by race, color, monetary status, or anything else. Actually, it’s available to everyone, no matter where you live.
It’s the freedom God has provided through Jesus. Whereas everyone has a choice to receive this freedom, they also have a choice to not receive it, walk away and live their life without, always seeking for something better.
Understand that even Christian believers can know some freedom God has provided, yet they may not be walking in its totality. To not be aware of all that God has given us, is to walk around in a deficit, always lacking, never able to get it all.
The freedom we’re discussing is freedom from anything that would hinder us from fully understanding our identity in Christ. Many believers only receive a portion of the freedom: deliverance from sin and provision of eternal life, both of which are great (Romans 8:2). Yet, there’s MORE.
You have been bought and paid for by Christ, you belong to him, and all that He purchased is available to you, whether you know and receive it or not. His freedom then is absolute soundness, wholeness, completeness, wanting nothing, totally finished. It is God’s final word, which is complete, and embodies the full revelation of God in Christ Jesus. James 1:27 says “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Tie that into Ephesians 3:16, “out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” Notice the emphasis of glory in these verses—His manifestation, His presence, in you.
THIS is the freedom in which we are to live from which each day of our lives. We encourage you to dig further into the Word, so you know what is yours in Jesus. That’s when you can live from the inside out bringing this reality into your everyday life.