JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE FREE. DO YOU?

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JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE FREE.  DO YOU?

Freedom.

This is a commonly misunderstood and misinterpreted word. And Man is a rather odd creature who does not really know what is good for him. We think we do, but in reality, we don’t. So give man freedom and anarchy is what results. Don’t believe me? Try this. List down, in your head, 5 things you most want to do if you were completely free; free of obligation, free of cares, money no object. Done? Now look at that list and see how many of those things seek to benefit another. How many of those things are not vengeful? How many of those things do not leave you asking if freedom from consequence was also part of the deal? Point made.

Beloved, make no mistake, for us who believe, we are truly free. For Jesus Himself says,

“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” John 8:36 [AMPC]

And just what is it exactly are we liberated from?

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

We are free from sin, its guilt and its consequence,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Because on the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Therefore beloved child of God,

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:3-11 [ESV]

For “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.” 1 Peter 1:3-5 [MSG]

So we are free, truly free. Free from all the consequence of our sin; past, present and future. And this freedom means that our Father is no longer angry with us; He can never be. For all the reason He ever could have to be angry with us was nailed to the person of Jesus on that cross. Our Father whole-heartedly loves us, deeply cares for us and only wants the best for us, because we have been set free by the work of Jesus.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

So what do we do with our freedom? Sin. I mean, think about it; how much of what is on your list was sin? No wonder the apostle Paul reminds us,

“For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 [AMPC]

We are by nature, self-seeking, selfish, loving ourselves, for make no mistake, if we let our sinful nature take over, we are exchanging the freedom, for which Jesus Paid A Hefty Price So That We Can Freely Receive, for a life of bondage to sin, as Jesus reminds us,

“Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin.” John 8:34 [AMPC]

Don’t do that. It is very easy to let our guard down, and when we do,

“sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

So that is why we should always be mindful and constantly remind ourselves that when we have accepted Christ, we have answered this call,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

Because when Jesus is in our heart, He will never let sin through the door.

So what then are we to do with this freedom? Remember beloved, this is why we were made.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

Enjoy all the good that He has placed in our lives. Enjoy it. Jesus wants you free from the bondage of sin, free from its guilt, free from its shame, so that you can experience life the way He purposed it to be. So live free, because you are free.

And if you have never made Jesus your Lord and Savior, and would like to partake of this freedom which He came to bring, you can. There is nothing in your past that can ever stop you from being loved, for when Jesus said,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

He tied no exclusions to His gift of salvation. And our Father is faithful to keep His promise as David realized,

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12

My friend, all that is standing in the way between you and the freedom Jesus came to bring is for you to believe in Him, for Jesus said,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

So if now you believe, then respond to our Father saying,

“Father, thank You for loving me so deeply that whilst I was still lost, You sent Jesus to die on the cross for me. That by His blood shed, I receive full and complete remission of sin, that by His death, I died to sin, and that by His rising, I rise too, to a new life in Him. Father, thank You that because of what Jesus has done, I am now truly free. Free from sin, its guilt, its shame and its condemnation. And I now want to live the free life that Jesus came to bring. Guide me on Your paths of provision and protection and I rest in Your love and enjoy the freedom You have given. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

So enjoy the freedom which Jesus came to give you. He has earned it.

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