I have been thinking a lot about freedom lately, with Memorial Day just behind us and Independence Day right around the corner. I truly value my freedom as an American for which so many soldiers have fought and died. One freedom I especially treasure as an American is the freedom to worship. I don’t have to fear when I go to church or read a Bible. I am free from the persecution that is so prevalent in other countries.

Jesus died for the freedom I have in Him. As much as I treasure the freedoms I have as an American, I value my freedom in Christ even more.

I have freedom from having to work hard enough to be saved. Salvation is not earned, and I know it is because of faith and God’s grace, not because of any works I have done. (Ephesians 2:8)

I have freedom from death because of my faith in Jesus. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

I have freedom from hell and sin’s eternal consequences because I know God and I believe the gospel of the Lord Jesus, but those who don’t “will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power...” (2 Thessalonians 1:9)

I have freedom from sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) And Psalm 103:12 says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

I have freedom from condemnation. The enemy will remind me of past failures and shortcomings, but I know that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

I have freedom from lies as I seek more of God’s truth in the Bible. If I hold to Jesus’ teaching, I really am His disciple. Then I will know the truth, and the truth will set me free. (John 8:31-32) When I read God’s Word, I can proclaim as the psalmist did, “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45)

I have freedom to take anything to the Lord in prayer because of Jesus. “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12)

I have freedom from relying on myself and my own strength when I trust in God and His power. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)

I have freedom from hopelessness, as the God of hope fills me with all joy and peace as I trust in Him so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! (John 8:36) As Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” So stand firm in the freedom of Christ and let freedom ring!

 

Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at lisa.jisa@gmail.com.

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