“Are You Really Free?”
What does it mean to be free? Does it have to do with money; being free to buy whatever you want? Is it the liberty to travel around our country without hindrance or threat of danger? Is freedom the right to vote the person you want into political office? I wonder if freedom, real freedom, has more to do with what’s on the inside of a person than what’s going on around him.
Freedom is our friend when we can live life without hindrance to our dreams and goals. But sometimes our freedom becomes our worst enemy when we live an unchecked life with no accountability to anyone or anything. Someone once said, “A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.”
I often picture freedom as living on a Ponderosa type field with a fence around the field. I can do anything I want within the confines of the field but if I wander outside the fence, there is danger. I am outside of my security and susceptible to all kinds of threats.
God has made you free through Christ. Inside the fence, His Word, there are joys to be had. But outside the fence, His Word, there is danger all around. In that freedom your thoughts run free from bitterness, anger, revenge, worry and other such things. You are living in a safe place. Who wouldn’t want that? So maybe it’s time to think twice and ask myself, “Am I really free? Am I free from the thoughts that steal my joy and the places that hinder my walk?” You will know when you are free because you will be free indeed.
Some Thoughts To Help You Be Free
1. Freedom is self-control. A lack of self-control degenerates into license.
2. If I cannot say “No” to it, then I am not free.
3. When I live in freedom, I know my limits.
4. Even when free, I have a Master.
“Freedom is not the right to do as a person pleases, but the liberty to do as he ought.”
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Next Time: “Think Twice About God.”