True Freedom

February 24, 2013
by Rosemary Hagedorn

Have you ever wondered what true freedom really is? The dictionary defines it as the power to do what we want to do and to go where we want to go without being controlled; not being a slave or prisoner; not having or being affected by something unpleasant, painful, or unwanted; and not being weighed down by care, pain, sickness, fear, or responsibility.

Jesus has a different definition of freedom:

John 8:34,36 – Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV)

So those who receive Jesus already have that wonderful promise of freedom. All we have to do is accept it and believe it.

Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

We have nothing to be afraid of:

Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (NIV)

We are free to make our own decisions without being judged:

Colossians 2:16 – Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. (NIV)

We do not have to be afraid of pain or death:

Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (NIV)

To trust in God and His promises is total freedom. And because we have this freedom, we need to tell others about it:

Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed. (NIV)

Prayer: Righteous God, we thank You for sacrificing Your Son, Jesus, for us, in order that we may obtain total freedom. Help us to share that freedom with others. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Rosemary.


    Dear Rosemary: Praise God for freedom we enjoy daily in Christ!


    Ahh… Wonderful reassurances. Blessed promises.
    Thank you Rosy.


    Your devotional today is an answer to prayer for me to pass on to a friend. It put words to my thoughts. Thank you.


    WE ARE FREE INDEED ON CHRIST!
    AMEN TO YOUR PRAYER!!!
    Thanks for writing.


    Thanks Rosemary for those wonderful reminders of our Christian condition. The Lord is on our side! Of what and of whom then shall we be afraid?
    Blessings.


    Rosy, God bless you for this discerning devotional. Too many grab the dictionary definition of freedom, thereby missing the true freedom which is only found in Jesus Christ. Thank you for making this clear. Blessings.


    Thanks again!!


    Dear Rosemary,
    A great devotional, Rosemary. I espacially like:
    Jesus has a different definition of freedom: John 8:34,36 – Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV)
    I say Amen to all of the devotional, excepting I would like to qualify your statement:”We are free to make our own decisions without being judged.” I would say: “Yes, providing the decisions are within the will of our Lord.”
    Keep writing.


    Good Evening Rosemary:
    As always a wonderful devotional reminding us In Christ We are Indeed free, free, free.
    Bless you for your fine penmanship. I know your are truly guided by the Holy Spirit with your wonderful writings and thoughts.
    Thank you for the many hours of pleasure you grant to us with your timely words of wisdom.
    Blessings.

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