Yes, Freedom is Essential.

As Americans, freedom is inherited. We are born in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our freedoms have certainly been threatened lately but that’s the not freedom I’m referring to today.

Ultimate freedom is found through Jesus Christ. We often hear of the freedom in Christianity but what does that mean? Are we, as Christians, really walking in our God given freedom?

Many unbelievers view Christianity as losing your freedom because they see the Bible as a rule book. They only see all the worldly pleasures they are forgoing by following Christ. It is quite the opposite. Yes, when you become a Christian you stop partaking in certain things, but that is because once you experience the joy of living in His will, you will choose to make right decisions according to His way. God gives us free will; He doesn’t remove our ability to choose. He will guide our paths when we seek Him. He gives us grace and mercy and unconditional love.

The cornerstone of Christianity is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, then rising from the grave to ascend into Heaven and prepare an eternal home for us. When we accept Jesus into our hearts and choose to follow Him, we are accepting the ultimate freedom He gave when He took our place on the cross! He died for our sins; He paid the price for us. We are alive and well to spread the truth that anyone can be free from sin and death if they choose to follow Him.

Freedom in Christ gives us the ability to start anew. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” When you fully submit your life to God, you are no longer the same. You are no longer a slave to the sins of your past. God’s grace and mercy is the ultimate freedom for your soul. He rescued us from a life of sin and death so we can forge a new path of living in His goodness!

In Galatians 5:13 tells us, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Then in 1 Peter 2:16, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” God called us to live in His freedom, while showing others how they can be free. We are to live as an example of Christ’s love. We are to be joyful Christians. Others should want to know why we walk in joy and peace, when the world is crumbling around us. We can depend on God and we should. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our cares upon the Lord because He cares for us. We do not have to worry; we can rest in the Lord! He has already won the battle for us!

Friends, I urge you to seek the Lord and gives your battles to Him. We are children of the living King. Walk confidently in the freedom that only He can give!

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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