Happy Independence Day! What a privilege to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. When I see the beautiful American flag, I’m reminded of the blood, sweat, and tears of MANY that ensures our liberty.
Likewise, when I think of the old rugged cross, I’m reminded of Galatians 5:1 which says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” What unspeakable joy to know that the sacrifice of our Savior has freed us from sin, condemnation, anxiety, and fear! To have this freedom means that we are no longer slaves to such things which have kept us in bondage.
Yet, how many of us struggle to walk in this freedom? More often than not, strongholds cripple us from moving forward. When my son caught a cold as an infant, the automatic result was that he would be hospitalized. The anxiety of the situation took such a hold of me that it led me to decide not to take him out at all during cold and flu season. By doing so, I felt as if I was in control and yet, he still became ill. Shackles of anxiety and isolation did not translate to freedom.
To stop this vicious cycle, we must CHOOSE to embrace the freedom Christ has given us and also, saturate ourselves in His Word.
If you find yourself a slave to fear: “… do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10).
If you find yourself a slave to anxiety: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
If you find yourself a slave to insecurity: “… be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10)
Once I was able to choose freedom and immerse myself in God’s truth, I found that anxiety had a difficult time rearing it’s ugly head. With my mind focused on Him and my heart at ease, I found myself feeling free. “For who the Son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Here’s a great reminder from my Pastor, Joel Scrivner: “Free people free people.”