So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
John 8:36 NLT
We are made to live a free life. Not free in the sense that we can do anything that we want, but free from the bondage of the many forms of sin. Romans 6:6 says that we are dead to sin because of what Christ has done for us. How many people really know that they don’t have to be a slave to their sinful desires? Everything that might be wrong in our lives doesn’t have to be. John 10:10 (NLT) says that Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life, so if we aren’t enjoying it, that’s not God’s will for us. Jesus did what He was supposed to do to set you free, now the rest is up to you. I know we like to pray and have God do everything for us, but you and God are partners, and partners work together. Freedom is yours and it’s time to take it and live in it.
The first step is to actually read your Bible. James 1:25 (CEV) says, “But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.” You can’t just read your Bible just for the sake of reading it. You actually have to do what it says on a consistent basis, and when you do, freedom comes with it. Joshua 1:8 says to study the Bible DAY and NIGHT. I know some of you are thinking, I don’t have time to read my Bible. Well, if you don’t have time to find out how to be free, then you’ll continue to stay in bondage. Everybody has the same amount of time in a day. If you find that you “don’t have time,” maybe you need to put your idols (things or people that take up your time) aside and use that time to study the Word of God. Everybody has idols, whether you think so or not, and they are “time thieves.” You will have to make some adjustments in your life if you really want to be free.
The second step is actually taking an inventory of your life by making a list of everything you want to see changed in you, in your circumstances, in your family, in the world, on your job, in your relationship/friendships, etcetera, and start to look up scriptures on them. Don’t tackle them all at once, but pick the one you need to see changed the most. You can do a Google search by typing “what does the Bible say about…” and scriptures will come up. The Bible has an answer for every single problem that you could ever have in this life, but you have to put work into finding the answers. Meditating on the scriptures daily and praying for wisdom will start to bring the changes necessary for your liberation.
The third step is preparing yourself to be uncomfortable. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) says the purpose of the Bible is to teach us the truth and to make us aware of what is wrong in our lives. It is not meant to make you feel bad, but it will bring to light what is wrong in your life and make you aware of the power that is available to you to make the necessary changes. To be truthfully honest, no one wants to be corrected because we like to think that we are doing everything right. I truly believe this is one of the main reasons why people don’t want to read the Bible. If you’ve been living without the Word, you may find that everything you are doing is wrong, but that’s okay if you are willing to make changes. God will never tell you to do something without giving you the tools to do it. If you’ve been angry your whole life, which is a form of bondage, the Bible will convict you of it but you will also find how to conquer your anger. If you do what it says, you will find that bondage broken in your life, and the freedom that comes with it is well worth it.
I am a living testimony of how the Word of God changes things. I wish you could really understand the passion that is flowing through these words telling you that there is FREEDOM in God’s Word. Galatians 5:1 (NLT) says, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” If you find yourself in bondage, then you need to look into the perfect law of liberty and DO what it says. The ball is in your court now, so you will have to make a decision between “comfortability” or “freedom.” Who wouldn’t want to be free from debt, depression, anxiety, loneliness, fear, abuse, regret, bondage, addictions, heartbreak, sin, and everything else that steals our joy?
It’s time to access and live in the free gift of freedom that has been so graciously bought for you by Jesus Christ Himself.