Updated: Jun 26, 2021
F R E E D O M--one of my favorite verses in the Bible is Galatians 5:1, "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."
Christ has set us free!
We have our ultimate freedom in the salvation of Jesus Christ! We are set free in Jesus Christ and the complete work He did on the cross to justify and pay the price for our sins. There can still be areas where we sit in bondage though we have been given freedom.
God Wants our Freedom! Freedom is Possible!
One quote from The Wellness Revelation is that "God knows you want freedom, and He wants your freedom even more than you." I love thinking on this and encouraging people to be mindful of this. In those areas where we feel stuck or we think change is not possible or freedom is not possible, the truth is that God wants us to be free and to walk in that freedom.
God does want our freedom so much He sent Jesus to die for it! It is FOR freedom that Christ has set us free. So, we are to stand firm and not submit again to yokes of slavery. When we have those areas that we are not free, we must believe and know that we are not meant to live in bondage. We are not meant to have a yoke of slavery.
We Stay in Bondage Because of Comfort
There is a quote from Jennie Allen helps elaborate on this thought and also helps us to see how we chose bondage and to stay in shackles and chains when we have already been set free. All we have to do is walk in that freedom. This quote is found in both of her books: Restless and Made for This.
“Some of us have decorated our prison walls so beautifully that we have forgotten that we’re sitting in a cell, wasting our lives. We don’t know there are chains that, though they no longer bind us, still tangle us up. We sit and listen to talks or read books about God, and we wonder why nothing changes when we so desperately want it to. We forget that we have access to the exit door of that cell.”
I learned so much from both of these books and talk about them here also.
We have been set free. When we think about this quote, we know the ridiculousness of someone sitting around in a prison cell when they have been set free. Yet, we do the same thing. We get comfortable in our bondage. It is what we know. It is familiar. A lot of times, it has been a struggle we have been dealing with all of our lives. We do well and dress it up, justify it, and try to make it as "good as it can be." All the while, it is a yoke and a bondage we are not supposed to be bound to.
Let's Get Unstuck!!!
We can get stuck, but God has given us some great tools to get free and stay free. Some of the best are the Word of God, church, prayer, community, and other helps that are so very good. If you have areas of which you are bound to that you are not meant to be, get free!!! Pray and ask God to lead you in that. Read the Word. Find community that can come along side you and support you. Find good tools and resources that speak specifically about your area of bondage. Jennie Allen (she is such a great resource to go to when seeking to get unstuck!) has a great podcast about "being stuck." Check it out! She shares such good truth, encouragement, tools, and ideas of how to get out of it!
May We Set Others Free!
Harriet Tubman longed for her freedom. She traveled by foot 90 miles to get to a land of freedom, and when she got there, it was glorious and so very good! She l