Freedom isn’t found in a date. It’s found in His name.
This phrase has repeated in my mind for the past week, and I’ll tell you why:
I’ve grown up in the church, I’ve experienced friends trying to overcome drugs and I’ve heard so many stories of people (including myself) who want freedom from anything if it’s lazieness to porn and they want it now and for good.
This isn’t a bad thing, but actually, a necessary step into freedom. There’s a very real move that we must step out of something, but often that step is looked at AS the freedom. You hear, “I’ve been clean since ____” (last week, last year, 6/7/16) and I am totally glad for those dates and those stories and testimonies of God’s goodness. What we have to remember through it all is to not put so much stock in a date. That if you slip up and lose that sobriety date, you don’t lose your freedom.
I’ve seen myself totally forget and forfeit my freedom that I had for years because of shame and walked right back into my struggles and habits INSTEAD of standing on the promises of God, and declaring freedom in the name of Jesus Christ!
The Bible says who the Son (Jesus) sets free is free indeed. (John 8:36)
That means freedom isn’t temporary but is attainable for good! And expounding on what that looks like, the psalmist wrote “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” (Psalms 119:45) because he understood this principle:
Freedom is an action word!
Freedom is found through daily surrendering our own motives and wishes to the Lord, becoming a slave to Jesus, because his load is easy and his burden is light, and giving up our slavery to sin, that is always heavy and never easy.
The most important lesson I’ve learned though this is that:
- Sin (anything that separates us from fullness of life and fullness in our relationship with Jesus) is condemning and heavy. Aka, never fun in the end.
- Jesus wants me to be free and offers a way to get free!
- Freedom comes in a moment, but is acted upon for a life time.
- A slip up or backtrack or temptation doesn’t void your freedom.
- Only you can void your freedom and only you can clame it!
- Freedom is not found in a date, but is found in following Jesus! It’s found in his name!
We all have the ability to accept the freedom God has offered us. Will you put your stock in your own willpower/date or will you put everything into the promises of God he laid out in his word and through his spirit living in you?