Freedom… It’s what I think about, it’s what I talk about, it’s what I write about, it’s what I respond to.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
We sang that at church on Sunday and it got me thinking… Where is the Spirit of the Lord? And what is freedom really?
When I think of freedom, I think of two things… 1) The opposite of freedom: A person in bondage to something that keeps them from being themselves, like they’re wearing an invisible pair of shackles around their ankles that stop them from moving freely. And 2) A picture of real freedom: A butterfly that is totally free to skip from one flower to the next with not a care in the world.
Jesus said of Himself in Luke 4:18 (quoting from Isaiah 61:1),
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
Some translations, instead of ‘bound’, have “to set free those who are oppressed”.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom… Where is the Spirit of the Lord? If you are a Christian, born again, the Bible says the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, lives inside you! The Spirit of the Lord is inside every believer, so where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom… there is freedom available for every believer! There are no exceptions!
The Holy Spirit, if we partner with Him, will heal our broken hearts, He will set us free from bondage to whatever is oppressing us, or holding us back from being all we are born to be, whether that is fear, fear of man, fear of not being approved of, fear of getting it wrong, feelings of inadequacy, insignificance, insecurity.. whatever it is, the Holy Spirit longs to free us so we can truly be free to be ourselves. Who we are on the inside.
Who are you on the inside?
What are we set free for?
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1)
Wow! Jesus set us free for one reason… for freedom! We are set free to be free!
This is a huge topic, and I feel I’m just scratching the surface of what this absolute freedom looks like. But I want it. And I believe you do too. Freedom to be, to live, to laugh, to dance.. in the rain if you want to!