Everyone loves freedom, at least I hope everyone does. We love it because we love to make our own choices and we are free to do that. We love our country's flag because it represents freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom to make the choices that makes our life what we want it to be.
Freedom is a wonderful thing to enjoy but are we really free. Let's study this subject a little this morning and see what real freedom is. I haven't studied this out before, in fact most of my studies are free studies with no help except the Bible and the Holy Spirit and that's the way it ought to be. We don't need men's ideas, do we? We can make many belief's out of the Bible if we don't have the Holy Spirits guidance and so that's why I always ask His presence as I study so I don't twist and destroy the real meaning of God's word. I pray that it will always be that way.
Freedom means unrestricted action, so if we believe that, we can do what we want to do and say what we want to say and of course think what we want to think so we can just live our life anyway that we want to live it, isn't that right? Well, there is a false freedom and a true freedom, do you believe that?
John 8: 34-36 "Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Does a slave have freedom, not really, unless he loves his master, love can make a slave's work wonderfully easy because he absolutely loves what he is doing.
Romans 6: 17-22 "But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. for just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your member as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Satan's wages for following him as master is death but God's gift for following Him is eternal life. What a comparison, when we are slaves to satan we are under a dominant control and he will do anything that it takes to keep you in his control. But when you are slaves to God you still have a free choice to keep Him as your master or leave Him and go back to your old master of sin.
Galatians 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." God is telling us here that satan's yoke is a yoke of bondage. Christ's yoke is liberty, freedom from sin.
I say, LET FREEDOM RING, LET FREEDOM REIGN in yours and my life and our wages for this freedom will be eternal life with Christ Jesus our Lord. Heaven is cheap enough, wouldn't you say.? I think so. Grandma Joan