Pastors Pen
 
4 July, 1776, America began the march toward independence. The peoples of the Colonies were willing to give their all for freedom, theirs and their posterity. Freedom is a word that evokes strong emotions of hope, joy, and release. The word freedom may also remind us of battles fought for the freedom we enjoy today. For example, the Revolutionary War brings to mind freedom that came through a bloody battle where great sacrifices were made to free The Colonies from the tyranny of Britain. Freedom brings to mind the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War. A horrific war fought for the freedom of enslaved human beings made in the image of God. Freedom comes at a high cost. We owe a great debt of gratitude to all who have sacrificed so much for our freedom today.
 
In reality freedom is only a word, it has no power or meaning unless acted upon, it consists of seven letters but has no power or authority unless acted on by individuals or is protected by a system of government. Something from my high school history classes gripped me and has never let go, I learned of freed slaves who did not know they were free. This was heartbreaking for me, what could be worse than being set free and not knowing it? Being declared free from slavery yet still living in bondage. I believe what could be worse is knowing that you have been set free but the fear of being free causes you to remain in bondage under the hand of a master.
 
This often happens in our spiritual life, living in spiritual bondage while having been set free. In his letter to the Galatians Paul said, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand therefore, and do not submit again to a yolk of slavery” Galatians 5:1. What does Paul mean when he says, “For freedom Christ set us free…” He means that we have been set free to live free. Paul is saying Jesus did not die on the cross to set us free from sin and death only to have us live in spiritual bondage. Likewise, writing to the Christians in Rome Paul, states, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.
 
Upon His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection Jesus signed, sealed and delivered our spiritual emancipation! Christ conquered the tyranny of sin, death and Satan so that those who surrender to Him live free from the bondage of fear, anxiety, besetting sins, anger, unforgiveness etc. Christ Jesus is calling us to a life of bold freedom to live for Him and His glory. Most of all we have been given the freedom by Christ to share the Gospel, that Jesus is The Way of salvation! Let us therefore, grab hold of the freedom we have in Christ.
 
Galatians 5:1
Pastor Steve