The hubs preached an awesome message this weekend on “Freedom from Strongholds.” He talked about John 8:32 that says “the Truth shall set you free.” Another translation says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.” (MSG) Through and through means all the way, start to finish, top to bottom, from the inside out. How many of us want that?
Freedom is simply living life the way Jesus wants you to. It’s living lighter than you are right now; not carrying around all those hurts and disappointments. It’s breathing a little easier knowing that victory has all ready been paid for. It’s looking for His blessings and breakthroughs instead of always assuming another hurdle or bump in the road is on its way.
I cannot tell you how excited B and I are about Freedom groups launching at the end of the month. It will be life changing for you and will be a defining moment in your walk with the Lord! I cannot encourage you enough (I’m pretty much begging here) for you to attend a group this semester. It will be eye-opening, sometimes heart-breaking, but such a cleansing time for you. You will get to know God more, and He will get to know you more.
As B mentioned Sunday, this process will not be scary, weird, or strange. It will be gentle, honest, and authentic. You will fall more in love with Jesus as your revelation of Him becomes more powerful. It is simply God’s will for our lives. Here’s what Paul says about freedom:
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.” (Galatians 5:13)
But earlier in the chapter, he asks what is holding us back? Why aren’t we living this way?
“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?” (Galatians 5:7)
Our own desires, sinful nature, other people are just a few examples of why we aren’t living in freedom. But that does not give us an excuse to sit and be bound. If we aren’t free, that’s what we are…BOUND! I don’t want that for myself and I don’t my children growing with with a mom who is bound by issues that she “doesn’t really see a big problem with.” Jesus paid an unimaginable price for my freedom. Why wouldn’t I take what is offered?
How do we become free? (I’m so glad you asked!) FREEDOM GROUPS! If you haven’t signed up yet, please sign up this Sunday. It will be a commitment. It will be hard work. But hard work and sacrifice are always rewarded. God is ever faithful to hold up his end for the bargain. I’ll leave you with one more scripture:
“I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” (Psalm 119:45)