One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, “Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?” I kind of laughed and said, “Why wouldn’t we want to pray that God would help you […]
This month in America, we celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, which marks the birth of our freedom as a nation. The question today is, how often do you celebrate your true freedom—your spiritual freedom?
Scripture tells us that it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. In other words, God wants you to be free today simply because He wants you to enjoy complete and lasting freedom no matter what’s happening in the circumstances around you. He has no hidden agenda. He loves you and wants the very best for you.
The seeds of freedom are deposited in our hearts when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He first sets us free from sin and death, and then breaks that power over us so we that can have eternal life with Him. We don’t have to live defeated, depressed, anxious, sick, upset, bitter or stuck in the past any longer. We are free because of Jesus Christ!
When you read and meditate on God’s Word, you are watering those seeds of freedom. When you surrender your will to His, you are watering those seeds of freedom. When you obey Him, you are watering that seed. When you declare what God says about you, you are watering freedom in your life.
Now, one thing that is so interesting is that on July 4, 1776 in this country, the Declaration of Independence was signed. The people declared their freedom. But, the war went on for years before they were actually living in that freedom! They declared it first, then they stood their ground until they had the victory.
Maybe today you have some things that you want to get free from—addictions, strongholds, lack, fear. Let this be the day you declare your freedom! You may have to stand and press through for a little while until you are living in that freedom, but know that when you declare God’s Word, you set it into motion on your behalf. Scripture says that He watches over His Word to bring it to pass just like a farmer tends to his precious seeds.
Today, water those seeds of freedom in your life. Stand in faith, declare His Word, obey His voice. Keep your eyes looking forward and believe that you will live in complete and lasting freedom because that is what He promises to you today!
“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.” (Galatians 5:1, NIV)