Real Freedom

John 8:32, 36 You will know the truth, and that truth will give you freedom. . .  So think of it this way: if the Son comes to make you free, you will really be free.  (VOICE)                      

The Fourth of July is a wonderful time, isn’t it, when we are reminded of the remarkable freedoms we have here and the sacrifices of those who have served us to protect those freedoms.

photo by Ellin Beltz

photo by Ellin Beltz

We have parades and picnics and fireworks to celebrate.  Who doesn’t love a parade?

But as believers, we have an even greater freedom that was also accomplished through sacrifice.  Jesus died so that we can be relieved from the slavery of sin.

Our pastor recently told of some remote pockets of slavery existing even after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.  These slaves did not know that their freedom had already been declared, and so they remained slaves.

How many people are there who are still slaves of sin not knowing that their freedom has been bought for them already, and all they have to do is accept what Jesus has done on their behalf.

I’m not only talking about people in China or Africa or some other far-flung place.  I’m also talking about neighbors, co-workers, even family members.

When I pray for my stepson with the brain disorder, one of the things I pray is that he will know the truth of how his bipolar disorder affects his decisions.  He has made a lot of progress in this area over the years, but he still struggles with the hold that alcohol has on him sometimes.

He reads his Bible, so I also pray that God’s Word – which is living and active – will free him totally.

And when God frees us, we are really free.


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