Saturday, April 27, 2013

True Freedom

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (II Corinthians 3:17 NKJV)

In our society freedom is described as the ability to do what we want when we want to but this doesn't fully capture the complete essence of freedom. How free are you to not do what you don't want to do? Do you struggle with fear that causes you to run instead of stand firm, procrastination that encourages you to lay down instead of stand up, addictions that cause you to do what you want in the present moment even though you know it will result in lasting pain in your life in the long run?

True freedom is not only the power to do what you want, it is also the power to not do the things that will hurt you. Wisdom is knowing the difference.

It is the power to say yes when it is best for you and no when it is best for you.

In the Holy Spirit we have this power. As we grow ever closer to God He shows us how to do with and do without in the ways that glorify Him. His glory becomes our glory and leads to a life of maximum joy and peace. This is true freedom, to be able to choose only what brings us peace, healing, lasting joy and love; and to choose not to do what brings momentary happiness with ultimate destruction.

Only in God can we find this freedom.

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