Let Freedom Ring!

July 4, 2011 § 6 Comments

“The truth will set you free.”  We hear this quoted frequently, primarily on the thought that telling the truth will set you free.  While honesty is a necessary moral virtue, this is not the intended meaning in this phrase.  Consider:

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in 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

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The truth that sets us free is the truth of God’s word.

We all begin as slaves to sin.  We are born in bondage to the flesh and our sin nature.

Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.   So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:34-36

In Jesus we are rebirthed into freedom from the bondage of sin.

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. John 6:3-4

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The truth of God’s word, specifically the message of the gospel, sets repentant believers free.  Daily study, not merely reading of God’s word frees us from the oppressive flesh that wants us to believe we have no choice in the battle over sin.

I am a sinner who deals with my sin and fleshly temptations on a daily basis.  The natural reaction in any situation is our flesh, but for those who are in Christ Jesus we can have a supernatural reaction when walking in the Spirit.  The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5).

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This Independence Day,  while celebrating our country’s freedoms, I need a reminder that freedom from temptation to sin is powered by daily meditation on the truth of God’s word.  We have a daily choice to study His word and to walk in newness of life (John 6:4) and by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25) or to simply go our own way.

Today, as we remember with gratitude the sacrifices of countless men and women who have given of themselves to procure our country’s earthly freedom, let us seek the Spirit’s freedom from bondage to sin.  Together as we thank our service men and women so also we should thank our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ, for suffering God’s wrath in our place that we might have peace and be free.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

My Country Tis of Thee

 by Samuel F. Smith

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • Take a look at my Bookshelf and choose some books to guide you in your study of God’s word.
  • Memorize John 8:31-32 with me this week.
  • Seek to walk in the Spirit by the renewing of your minds in daily study of God’s word.
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