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When Does Freedom Become Slavery?

Both our national freedom and our spiritual freedom were purchased at a great sacrifice! Countless military personnel have volunteered to go to war for our nation, and each one who signed up knew they MIGHT end up dying to secure the gift of their nation’s freedom. But—when our Savior enlisted Himself to secure spiritual freedom, He 100% knew—BEFORE He signed up—that He WOULD suffer and die to secure eternal freedom for the entire human race. 

The human race is the recipient of the greatest freedom…the freedom from sin. ~Bro. Kerry “Mitch” Mitchell

According to God’s Word, this gift of freedom is a gift and it is not to be wasted: “You were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬) So how do we waste our freedom? By living for the flesh. What does this mean? It means we live according to our own desires. Does living according to our own desires mean we’re free? Then why, in our nation, do we see the highest number of addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, etc.—than ever before? If these addictions are making us so happy and free, why are people shooting each other, hating and canceling each other, committing suicide, abandoning their own children and mistreating the elderly—at record numbers? Does this sound like “freedom?” 

My dear friends, the spiritual freedom we enjoy in Christ, promises us so much more than the “freedom” of sin.

God has given us the opportunity to capture the blessings of freedom in Christ.

What are some of the blessings?

We have the LOVE of Christ…even to our enemies. If God dwells within us; so, too, does His love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does NOT love does NOT know God, for God is love.”

I John‬ ‭4:7-8‬ 

We have the MIND of Christ. When you have the mind of Christ, you will let… “this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who…made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant…humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Philippians‬ ‭2:5-8‬

We PRODUCE the fruits of the Holy Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ 

Does loving others, being a servant, and producing the fruit of the Spirit sound like the way you envisioned—enjoying freedom? If you do not understand your freedom—it does NOT. I’m not gonna lie, it’s not very appealing to what my flesh wants to do. And—it certainly conflicts with this world’s culture like the great prosperity gospel, the Hollywood gospel, the watch out for me and mine gospel—doesn’t it? But what do these false “gospels’ of this world promise us besides: “Get all you CAN; CAN all you get, sit on the CAN, and then—kick the CAN—because you’re not taking the CAN with you. Sorry…couldn’t resist a little humor. 

But—isn’t it true? 

Jesus promises us “peace that passes understanding,” when we live in His will and by His Word. His presence becomes our most precious treasure. We want more of His mind. We want to be found more in His service. And we love His fruit produced in our life! When we weigh the richness of our freedom living in Christ against the slavery of living after the flesh—we want all the freedom we can get!

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

Psalms‬ ‭33:12

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