2 Cor 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

     Do you long to be free?  This longing is different for each one of us;  to be free of addiction, to be free of compulsions, to be free of anxieties, to be free of drudgery, to be free …!  We often think that freedom can be achieved by escaping or evading when in reality freedom is in overcoming.  It is not the condition or situation that enslaves rather it is the power that it has over us to bind our spirit.

     What has the power to break the hold any chain has over us?  Jesus said;  “It is the spirit that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, they are life.”  (John 6:63)  God’s Word can free you but you must do three things before this can happen.  Read it, believe it and choose it!  If you don’t read it – it can’t touch you.  If you read it but don’t believe it any freedom you may claim will only be, at best, ‘skin deep’.  You must choose to live God’s Word.  Satan fervently believes every word in the Bible but he will NOT choose it.  Living God’s Word can only be achieved with faith.

     When we suffer under the cruel bondage of our chains it is hard to walk in faith.  I struggle with walking in fear.  Worry over what may happen torments me.  The only way I can be free is to consciously choose to walk in faith.  I have to rebuke my chains and choose God’s Word over them. Fear of man, condemnation by others (and by myself) are other chains that rattle along with my walk.  Freedom is found only in His Word; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

     Whatever our situation, whatever chains may bind us, our slavery is only an illusion albeit a powerful one at times.  The reality – the true reality is in His Word;  ” … in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.   For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-38)