I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God .
Freedom has been the key word over our Bank Holiday 75 year VE celebrations. As has our awaiting of the Update on Coronavirus Lockdown news and of how much freedom our country will be allowed.
Much prayer, analysis and strategy has been the precursor of both events.
Along with much public and media speculation.The tension rests with:
Who is in control?
Where does their wisdom and authority come from?
Can their judgement and order be trusted?
Those in the war had fear for the outcome of what they were part of both as those in the forces but their families too.
Those in control had unbearable responsibilities and the consequences of their decisions and actIons on their consciences.
They had to sit it out to the end not knowing when that would be or what the new world and life would be.
Much of the same can be said of our war with the unseen enemy of coronavirus and the mirrored anxieties.
The delight of witnessing the VE Day celebrations was that we could see and we know the world war did come to an end and life beyond has been advantaged by what has passed and the people who played their part. Future generations enriched by both the good and the bad of the previous. Progress made on lessons learnt.
Faith in a God who had answered prayer.
Freedom in the life of a Christian comes when he or she discovers a relationship with Jesus. When He is no longer theory but fact.
The place where the battle ends of making choices purely for your survival against yourself and the advances of the enemy end because you have come to the end of yourself. You now have a hunger for Him and the right choices.
The place where you experience the peace and the joy of just handing everything over to Him and allowing Him to take control peace beyond understanding comes with not needing to understand, just a knowing in your heart is all you need.
The place where He touches you and you feel you are exactly where you should be and that what and who you sought after had been there all the time but invisible and indiscernible.
The place where doubt can never again exist whatever the circumstance or temptation because you know, you know, what you know.
That is our place of freedom where the chains drop off and we are set free.
Life in this world will undoubtedly have it’s trials but I will no longer be a slave to sin for I am a child of God.
The illustration portrays the spectrum as the Holy Spirit and that moment when the Holy Spirit fills us with a knowledge of Himself and in that presence frees us from ourselves, our sins and the sins of the world. Jesus has already paid the price and taken them for us.
To no longer crouch at the door in bitterness or anger but to be released into joy.
To know we have been forgiven and that we have a true identity in Christ.
Two scriptures that come to mind are:
“Now you are set free from sin and are slaves who please God.”Romans 6:18 CEV
“When you were slaves of sin, you didn’t have to please God. But what good did you receive from the things you did? All you have to show for them is your shame, and they lead to death. Now you have been set free from sin, and you are God’s slaves. This will make you holy and will lead you to eternal life.”Romans 6:20-22 CEV
Below is a song link so appropriate to this blog. I hope you will be able to click on it to listen.