Freedom—The Christian's Choice

( [email protected] ) Sep 02, 2004 08:52 AM EDT

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32 NASB)

Freedom in Christ is a choice. Often we have old feelings of inadequacy and inferiority that we unwittingly carry over into our relationship with God. He wants to cut us loose from the bondage created by a sense that we do not deserve blessings. However, we must choose freedom, just as we chose to receive Christ. We cannot drift into freedom any more than we can drift into salvation.

The choice to be liberated from satanic enslavement begins a process that changes our thinking to match God's. Make no mistake—embracing freedom will incur great pressure from the Enemy. Though he cannot steal our salvation, he certainly wants to ruin our witness by crystallizing any feelings of inadequacy.

The first step—after committing to freedom—is abiding in the Scriptures. We meditate on God's Word to understand what He says and to apply what we learn. This requires more than a quick read during a busy day. Secondly, we want to be confident of biblical truth, which clearly defines our position as a child of God. As that certainty fills our thoughts, Satan's lies about our inferiority will shatter like glass. Finally, we can claim the truth we have gleaned. When we are confronted by situations that shake our confidence, we can rely upon new thought patterns that are based on scriptural truth.

God desires that we reject thoughts of inferiority and replace them with an accurate self-image—as His servant and ambassador! That requires believing the truth and choosing to live by it.

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