The Promises of Freedom

Imagine a slave telling you how you can enjoy freedom. There are multitudes of slaves to this fallen world’s ways and values. They tell us that if we follow their ways and thinking, we will be free to really enjoy life. Peter, in II Peter 2:19, exposes the foolishness of slaves promising freedom: “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” Heeding the urging of these foolish slaves brings others into their bondage. On the other hand, there is One Who can give glorious freedom. John, in John 8:36, speaks of this true freedom: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” When we come to Jesus and receive Him as our Savior and Lord, we are feed from slavery to corruption, spiritual death and blindness, and sin’s penalty. We go on being saved from sin’s power and one day from sin’s presence. As we walk closely with Jesus, we discover why He came to earth and why He went to the cross. He told us: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (From John 10:10). Paradoxically, the more we yield to our Savior, the greater true freedom we enjoy. Haldor Lillenas understood; he describes this freedom in his hymn, “Glorious Freedom.” This is how he expressed it: “Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters, chained like a slave, I struggled in vain; but I received a glorious freedom, when Jesus broke my fetters in twain. Freedom from all the carnal affections, freedom from envy, hatred and strife; freedom from vain and worldly ambitions, freedom from all that saddened my life. freedom from pride and all sinful follies, freedom from love and glitter of gold; freedom from evil, temper, and anger, glorious freedom, rapture untold. Freedom from fear with all of its torments, freedom from care with all of its pain; freedom in Christ, my blessed Redeemer, He who has rent my fetters in twain. Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom, no more in chains of sin I repine!  Jesus the glorious Emancipator, now and forever He shall be mine.” Selah! Freedom has been explained this way: “It is not the freedom to do anything I want to do; it is the power to be what I ought to be.” And that being said, this is the greatest freedom of all!   Ron

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