By LuAnn Edwards
When I hear the word “freedom,” I am thankful for my freedom in Christ.
Jesus wants us to walk in His truth, the truth of His Word. His Word brings us freedom, not bondage. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
What are you struggling with today? Is it guilt, depression, insecurity, bitterness? To be set free and become a fruitful Christian, you need to know who you are “in Christ” and win the spiritual battle for your mind.
There was a time when my mind was bombarded with thoughts from the deceiver. They were thoughts of condemnation (I could never be good enough), hopelessness (I could not live up to the expectations of others) and rejection (would the Lord give up on me?). Satan loves for us to believe these disgusting lies so we will walk in defeat. We cannot walk in freedom if we continue to believe this deception. We can, however, walk in truth! John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Once I began to believe the truth that I was accepted, secure and significant in Christ, I was able to receive freedom.
Below are some truths that taught me who I am in Christ. If you have accepted Jesus into your life, these truths are for you also.
I am a child of God and I belong to him (John 1:12 & 1 Corinthians 6:20).
I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1, 2).
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind
(2 Timothy 1:7).
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
There is a battle for our minds. If the devil can make us ineffective, he has us where he wants us.How do we overcome this? “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). In other words, we renounce the lies and accept the truth of God’s Word.
What should we focus our minds on instead? “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Now, when I recognize my thoughts as those not from the Lord, I remember this verse and focus upon whatever is pure, right and true. I am not condemned or hopeless. I am God’s chosen, and I am to live as a believer who is free, because I am free! “Live as free men…live as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16).
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