2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Liberty is a promise to all believers in Christ. It is a great promise! But it is a word that often gets misunderstood in today’s Christian society. As a matter of fact I, myself often misunderstand it sometimes. It is my goal in this blog to try to examine this verse for what it is and simplify it in a way that is simple and plain to understand, easy to remember and give us the ability to really apply it to our daily lives. I am going to break it down into 5 things that we are free from and 5 things we are free to do.
Here are 5 things that we are free from when the Spirit of the Lord is near.
- We are Free from Fear. In Christ there is nothing to fear. Why? Because God is on our side. If God is for us, then who can be against us. As we become full of God’s love, fear will fade away. As our faith becomes stronger, fear will become weaker.
- We are Free from Guilt. When we put of faith in Christ we are no longer guilty of our wrongdoings, as far as God is concerned. Our slate is wiped clean. It is as if we have never sinned against God. We are given a second chance. We are found Not Guilty.
- We are Free from sin. We no longer have to let sin rule over us. Christ living in us and through us enables us to have the power to overcome sin. This does not mean that we will not ever sin again, but we now have the power and knowledge to resist temptations to sin. If we do sin, God is gracious and merciful to forgive us each and every time.
- We are Free from bondage. Everything that has ever held us captive has to release us when we accept Christ into our lives. All chains and shackles that has had us bound will be broke. We are set free simply because God said it. All we have to do is believe it.
- We are Free from worry. As we focus our thoughts on eternity, worry will disappear. Because we know that God is our Creator, our Provider, our Healer, our Protector, our Sanctifier, our Banner, our Shepherd, our Righteousness,our Peace and our Abiding Presence. When we allow God to be in control of every aspect of our lives, we no longer have anything to worry about.
Here are 5 things that we are free to do when the Spirit of the Lord is near.
- We are Free to Love. When we let Christ lead our thoughts and minds we will begin to love others like we never have before. Little things will break our hearts. We will see needs of others as important over our own needs, as we begin to see through the eyes of Christ.Our perspectives and intention for living life everyday changes when Christ comes in our lives. Love begins to drive our behavior rather than fear.
- We are Free to Live. We have something to live for. That is to glorify God in everything that we do. When we live our lives this way, we no longer depend on man’s approval or man’s abilities to guide our lives. We focus all of our efforts on bringing Him glory and we can never go wrong. Living becomes exciting, wondering how God is going to use us next.
- We are Free to Serve. This is why Jesus came to earth, to serve, not to be served. When the Spirit of the Lord is living inside of us we will have a desire to serve others. Serving others will become our source of purpose and energy. Serving others is one of the most unselfish things we can do. It makes us free.
- We are Free to Forgive. We can only forgive others because we have been forgiven. Unforgiveness keeps us bitter and resentful. This does not only hurt others but it mostly hurts ourselves. When we choose to forgive we free ourselves from bitterness and resentment. Only through Christ can we truly forgive and live our lives in freedom.
- We are Free to Give. When we give our time, money, talents, or abilities to others we release the spirit of God to be active in our lives. This is why we are here in the first place. Liberty will come to those who follow in the footsteps of Christ. Giving is the ultimate freedom that we can attain because it turns our attention on others and away from ourselves. Giving is the Spirit of God.
Have a great day. God Bless.