I Am Free.
On August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared:
“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!’”
We have heard these words spoken time and time again, and they are a perfect depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King’s desire for freedom for all mankind.
So what does freedom mean in God’s kingdom?
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”- John 8:32
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”- John 8:36
In John 8:32, 36 Jesus declared that he “will make free” anyone who puts their trust in Him. This type of freedom allowed me to walk away from my own selfish desires and serve God the way He intended. This is freedom… Freedom from self-deception, sin, and the lies Satan continues to try and convince me to be true.
You may ask how do I “know the truth”? For me it is in God’s Word. My quiet time with God is the time I learn God’s truth. I am constantly learning ways to be more and more like him. If not for this time in God’s Word, I’d surely start believing the lies Satan tells me. The truth is in the Bible. We must be in the Bible to rebuke all Satan’s lies. We must be in the Bible to know who we are in Christ, which eliminates self-deception.
This morning in my quiet time, God revealed a picture of Jesus when he was a man that surprised me. In Mark 13:32-33 Jesus said:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”
I’ve read these verses time and time again, so it’s not new to me. But today, as I was preparing my heart for this topic of Being Free – I began to think about how at this time, not even Jesus knew when He would be back. Because He was man at this time, he didn’t have this knowledge. Stay with me here… While Jesus was man, he was restricted. He was limited and held back. My dictionary states that to be free is “voluntary, without restraint; without cost, to set at liberty”. This was not the case with Jesus when he said “…no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son….” When Jesus was a man he was limited, but when He resurrected he was free to be who He truly is with all His divine knowledge. Don’t we all want this? To be who we are truly intended to be without restraint or limitations? – this is Freedom. As we know who we are in Christ, we can have this freedom.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23, 24
I had a conversation the other day about sin – whether one sin is greater than another. It is easy to imagine that murder is a “big” sin, especially compared to let’s say, a white lie. But let us all remember that a sin is a sin and any sin keeps us separated from God. The good news is that we have redemption through Christ Jesus. When Christ died on that Cross, we were forgiven. We are free from what we so justly deserve. This makes me want to sing the words: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!”
But wait, there is more!
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” – Jeremiah 31:34b
Not only are you free from your sins, but they will never again be remembered. But you have to do somethings first. You have to confess your sins, walk away from them, and live your life in freedom. My friend, stop living in your sins. Stop believing the lies that you are not worthy of God’s love. There is no sin that can’t be forgiven. Redemption is there and God is waiting for us to claim it by laying our lives at Jesus feet. You are His child and you are FREE from the bondage you live in today. You just have to believe in Jesus and realize any feelings that make you feel tainted are LIES. I pray you walk away from this blog knowing a little more of who you are in Christ – knowing YOU ARE FREE.