Gabriella here. I am the administrator of the blog (read my bio in the “About Us” section), and I will be writing a couple of guest blog posts over the coming months, I hope you enjoy!
This time of year in the United States is all about celebrating independence. July 4th is the birth day of our country, and it is important to honor those who have fought to keep America free, as well as the architects of our Declaration of Independence. I am thankful and blessed to have been born in a country that stands for my freedom.
However, I am also reminded, amid the celebrations, of people who have not enjoyed the same freedom I have, both in America and outside it. I’m both overwhelmed with patriotism, and heartbroken for those who are still struggling against tyranny, brutal governments, and discrimination. As I think about it my pulse starts to rise, and I start to feel helpless against all the evil that persists in the world, preventing people from enjoying the freedoms God intended for us.
Enter the Holy Spirit.
I’m reminded that ultimate freedom does not come from a declaration two and a half centuries ago, just laws, or benevolent rulers. These things all come and go in the world and we cannot put our faith in them. There is only one place to turn for freedom: Jesus. Without Jesus, even in America where we enjoy many freedoms, our own sins hold us captive and enslave us to desires that separate us from God. I am thankful that I live in a country that allows me to worship God openly, but I also know every freedom afforded by the US Constitution would be ultimately moot without a relationship with Jesus, the breaker of chains.
‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2, KJV)’.
Now this means that on the Day of Judgment, those who have trusted in Christ Jesus will be declared “not guilty.” They will be free from being condemned because of their sin. In addition, trusting in Jesus as your Savior and Lord includes being led by the Holy Spirit to turn away from sin. So wherever you a reading this from, reflect on the chains that bind you. Are there chains that you should break because they are not pleasing to your Lord? Perhaps it is continual worry, or letting societal pressures determine how you live, or an addiction that controls you? Walking in the Spirit is very freeing.
A relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ gives us freedom from the burden of our sins…and speaking of freedom… IT’S FREE! Won’t you turn to Christ?