Freedom is here

freedom is here

 

In ancient biblical times, people were once considered to be slaves if by enslavement, debt slavery, and/or sexual & conjugal rights had been taken by a master. If you were to have fallen into one of these categories, your life would then be owned by someone else. You would have no say as to how you live, what you ate, where you slept, what clothes you wore, who you were friends with, where you lived. Your whole life would be accounted for by your master. To be a slave in biblical times meant that you weren’t considered a person of feelings or emotions. Rather, you were an object or machine by which things that your master needed done to be done.

We can equate biblical slavery to emotional, circumstantial, and behavioral slavery. All of these have one thing in common, the ability to bind a person to its death grips of lies, depression, doubts, and the inability to see one’s way out of it. This type of slavery still exist today in the life of every living person on the face of this planet.

We all have fallen to this…
We all are falling to this…
We all will fall to this…

We will all allow the stress in our lives to rule our decisions, we will allow the worrying to overcome our security in whatever it is that we believe. When left unchecked, this form of slavery will bound us to our desires to always feel secure in what the world may offer and not what we need emotional, physically, and spiritually. We are led to believe that the darkness knows what is good for us, knows how to sustain us, knows how to keep us whole, when in reality, its all a lie. We are bound by the fact that we trusted in a weak source of strength, in a weak source of security.

When we allow this type of slavery to continue on our lives, we are held in bondage by the darkness that enslaves us. We are no longer whom God created in His image. We are only a ruin image of what we once were in our former state of connection.

Bondage: The state of being a slave
Bondage: A state of being greatly constrained by circumstances or obligations

Why do we worry so much? Why do we allow the emotional guilt of our sins to ruin what we were created to be? Why do we allow sin to be such a force of reckoning in our lives. These are the questions we much ask ourselves if we are to find the root of the issue and begin the process of becoming free. When we look at our situation, we can see the reason behind the bondage, behind the entrapment, is because we have allowed ourselves to become slaves to our sin. Sin has taken hold of our lives and we have not fought it back with the determination needed to overcome. We have forgotten our true identity and who we were created to be.

We forgot who we truly were…
We forgot who we were created in…
We forgot who we were created by…

In the scriptures, the writer of the book of Philippians knew that if left unchecked, this type of slavery would ruin a person’s life. This type of slavery could bound a person to the point of no return. The writer saw what was happening to people as they stressed about their life, about how to feed their families, about their jobs, about their social status, about what people thought of them. The writer wanted to show and lead people to the freedom that he received in Christ. That’s why he writes, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Don’t be anxious…
Everything prayer & supplication…
Known to God…
Peace of God…

The writer tells the church, that if you will not allow the bondage of worrying, if you will not allow the bondage of stress, if you will not allow the bondage of emotional distress rule in your lives, if you will take all worries, all cares, all concerns, all guilt, all shortcomings to Christ Jesus, You will know a peace unlike anything you have experience in this world. This peace is the peace of God, the creator of the universe, the maker of nations, The Father of our lives, the Savior of the world. Take note to the phrase the writer uses to describe this peace, “and the peace of God, which SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING…”

This peace is other worldly…
This peace releases us…
This peace offers freedom…

If we who are followers of Jesus claim to have an understanding of what it really means to be in connection, communion with Christ. If we have an understanding of what it really means to be redeemed, restored, reunited in Jesus, then we will know with peace that surpasses all understanding that our lives in the hands of the creator is nothing to be held in bondage for. We are made free in Christ Jesus.

Free from sin…
Free from worry…
Free from guilt…

Jesus knew this life would be hard. He knew that there would come a time when we would forget who we were created in, who we were created to be. So He reminded us in the book of Matthew to “not be anxious about life, or food, or the core essentials for living.” Jesus believed that if the birds, donkeys, lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) would be taken care of in this life, then how much more would the lives of all who believed and loved Christ would be taken care of.

Jesus, being perfect in glory, descended to this world to become a perfect payment for our sins so that we might be found in glory covered by his blood. Jesus could have worried and stressed and allowed his emotions to enslave him. He could have allowed his enslavement to the flesh to overcome him.

Instead he asked the question: How much God for the life of these people?
And God answered…Your life.

Freedom is here. Freedom that is freely given, gracious bestowed, passionately displayed, relentlessly pursued. Christ’s death was the freedom from the bondage of sin that we needed in order to be set free from worrying, from guilt, and from stress.

May you be set free in truth
May you be set free in grace
May you be set free in love
And may you know deep down that your life has been set free in Christ Jesus forever!

 

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