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Let's give a little thought to this thing called 'freedom'
Thinking of God
Larry Sheehy
Larry Sheehy

History records that many of the early settlers of this continent were under the control and rule of England. They had a number of grievances, including what they considered burdensome taxation. The need they felt for freedom from oppression eventually resulted in the Revolutionary War of the late 1700s.

The value of their hard-won freedom can hardly be overestimated. Not only did they win freedom from their grievances against the British; they won the right to govern themselves as a “new nation.” History has recorded very few times when people gained their sovereignty in such a dramatic way.

The price necessary to secure America’s freedom was tremendous. War is always costly in the loss of human life, as well as the economic outlay. Those in the colonies who desired freedom had to be willing, if not anxious, to pay that cost.

These principals also apply to spiritual freedom. 

Satan wants to control and rule over those made in God’s image. In order to be free from the devil, we must see the need to escape his control and submit to the will of our Creator. This need is evident in the consequences of sin, which is death (Rom 6:16). The great need for spiritual freedom in evident on virtually every page of the Bible. 

The value of spiritual freedom from sin cannot be measured. In spite of the power of the devil in his continuing temptations, we are promised a “way of escape” from temptation (1 Cor 10:13; Jam 1:2-3). Jesus promised his followers a place in his eternal home (Jn 14:2-3). Perhaps no one expresses the value of spiritual blessings better than David.

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever." 

No one but God could pay the price for spiritual freedom. Because of his love for sinful men and women, he “gave his only Son....” for their forgiveness and freedom (John 3:16). Jesus suffered mental and physical agony, beginning in the garden and culminating in his death on the cross. 

No greater price can be imagined for our freedom in Christ. The Father and his Son paid this terrible price — the highest by far ever paid for anything — for our salvation from sin.

That payment, if we are to benefit from it, requires a response of obedient faith.

Freedom. What a wonderful word!


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