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CELEBRATING FREEDOM IN JESUS CHRIST!

 

Tomorrow, we celebrate the Independence of our great nation, and we celebrate it by having quality time with family and friends. We gather to celebrate freedom, but do we understand what it means to have true freedom? The dictionary defines freedom as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Sadly, many have lost sight of what true freedom is, how it is obtained, and the true motives behind their pursuit of it. The cry for freedom has become louder in the past years. We all seek freedom. We all want to be free from whatever oppresses us. 

 

This constant seeking of freedom is not a new thing. Since the beginning, humans have sought freedom in different ways. Even in the Bible, we can see this constant search for freedom. The problem is that sometimes, we seek freedom in the wrong places. We try to find freedom in temporary things. But the only source of eternal and complete freedom is found through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life that can only set us free!  "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." Galatians 5:1.

 

The Biblical definition of freedom is different from whatever we may think it is. The Bible teaches us that Jesus came to the world to free us from sin, temptation, regrets, depression, and sickness, among other things that steal our joy and peace. He came to give liberty to all the captives. He came to give us freedom! "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because, through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Roman 8:1-2

 

Sin maintains us as slaves; it binds us to the desires of our flesh. We must repent and separate from sin to start our path toward freedom. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become new creatures, and a transformation occurs, letting us embrace the freedom He offers us. Remember, accepting Christ does not mean we will never sin again. Accepting Christ means that now we will have the conviction of sin, and we will be more willing to repent and seek forgiveness. His word is true and is a great tool that helps us walk with God. His word gives us the strength and peace to pursue His freedom. We need to seek Him. Jesus is the only way, the truth, and the one who can truly free us. We must pray every day asking Him for deliverance. We also need to obey His commandments; by doing so, we protect our freedom in Him. "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32.

 

Freedom in Christ is eternal because of His great gift of eternal life. Before salvation, we were condemned to perish without hope or redemption, but because God loved us first, He sent His only son to die on the cross for our forgiveness and because of Jesus' obedience, we gained the best gift of all, eternal life. Christ's sacrifice gave us true freedom because it freed us, from certain death. Today, let’s celebrate true freedom in JESUS CHRIST!

 

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