Today I would like to discuss what I think is one of the biggest reason why we are not experiencing freedom in Christ. We already know that He has called us to freedom (Gal 5:13). We will take a look at what freedom in Christ looks like at a later time.
To be free we must overcome. This is evident in society in general. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that in order to overcome racial injustice they had to stand up. They had to refuse to accept it. They had to want change more than they wanted anything else in their life. When women fought for the right to vote they didn’t sit there and whisper in men’s ears begging for the right. They stood up. They refused to accept anything other than the right to vote.
Throughout society we have seen much injustice and we have seen in time freedom given. But that freedom was given because few refused to sit and accept anything less. They had to face the reality of the situation. Not turn a blind eye.
Overcome is a verb, that means it requires action.
So why are so many still bound?
They refuse to face the reality of the situation! First and foremost, as non believers they refuse to face the fact that Christ is Lord, and that He offers said freedom. Instead they believe too much in their own ability to make themselves better. Some do, but that doesn’t equal freedom for eternity, but for temporal only.
As Christians, we do the same thing. Yes we have accepted Christ as our Lord. Yes we know He offers freedom. That He has called us to this freedom. BUT we still rely on ourselves! We can’t do that. Instead when we do that we find ourselves denying the whole picture. We fail to recognize how deep the sin is. Until we face what is really going on with ourselves we will make failed attempts full or pretty words on how we are getting better. But when we face it, we realize we can’t do it alone. That’s when He begins to work.
So how do we overcome:
Face it – we must admit what is going on with us, all the way at the core.
Release it to God – understand that He can handle it and rend our broken hearts to Him so He can mend and build us up
Seek Wisdom – pray and ask God to show you realistic ways to beat it, let Him help you set boundaries. Seek wise council as well.
Accountability – find someone you trust to hold you accountable in measurable ways.
Remember why – As Francis Chan says, we run from sin because Christ is Better. End of story.
You can’t find freedom unless you face the fact that you are bound.
Always in the incorruptible love of Christ,