As we approach the day of celebrating the liberation of our nation, I couldn’t help but think about 2 Corinthians 3:17. It says where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty or freedom.
It’s a familiar verse. We hear people say it. We hear songs sung about it. What does it mean?
In context, it means as a Christian you are no longer bound by the POWER of sin. That doesn’t mean we are free from sin because our adversary is always at work trying to trip us up.
We now have the authority to overcome sin through Christ. We no longer must live in guilt and condemnation of our past mistakes or sins. The grace of Christ wipes the slate clean for us and covers us.
Though the grace of Christ covers us, it’s not a license to live a life outside the will of God thinking that we’re covered. We shouldn’t take his grace for granted. God knows we will make mistakes. But he still expects us to live in obedience to him.
What the law couldn’t do in the letter, Christ did in his flesh when he was crucified. The law was a tool that continually pointed out our sins. But it didn’t have the power to help to resist sin as the Spirit of the Lord does. This is why we now have liberty or freedom!
How can you live in Freedom?
- This freedom IS NOT for everybody. It is only reserved for those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. If you have not done that, there is no great ceremony or initiation that has to be done. All you have to do is confess Jesus and believe that God raised Him from the dead and you shall be saved. Romans 10:9-10
- If you are already saved and you are suffering from guilt, shame, and condemnation, there could be a couple of things happening.
- You may need to go to God in prayer and get direction from him on how to deal with what you are feeling and why.
- It could be God has healed you, but you continue to condemn yourself because you erroneously think you should live a life in punishment. I remember God asking me one time if I felt guilty because he was condemning me or because I was condemning myself. I’ll never forget that.
- It could also be the enemy wants to keep you in that place of guilt and shame. So, you’ll have to speak back to those feelings or thoughts by combating it with the word of God. Take some time to research some scripture for you to recite when those thoughts and feelings come racing upon you. 2 Corinthians 3:17 is a good place to start.
Having this freedom is a gift. WE (myself included) must learn how to exercise it and use it to combat the enemy as this is just one of many of his tactics used to torment us. We can be physically free but be bound in our minds and emotions.
I hope you are having and continue to have a great week!
Live In Freedom and Be Blessed