Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1 NKJV
What is liberty? The dictionary gives several answers, but I like this one: the right to act in a manner of one’s own choosing. Jesus Christ has set us free from sin, sickness and spiritual death. Freedom or liberty is not cheap, it cost the Father the greatest gift He had to render us freedom from the devil’s bondage.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus came to bring us liberty He said, therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 3:16; 8:36 NKJV
The revelation of being free and delivered from the devil is a great gift to me. I am no longer bound. The Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, taught us [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, Col 1:13 AMP. Hallelujah! Isn’t it wonderful to know we are no longer captives in the kingdom of darkness, but we have been drawn to the Father Himself. Thank God.
Look at Col 1:12-14, we cannot help but rejoice.
Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light.
[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
For this reason I look forward to celebrating the 4th of July. I understand what it means to be free both spiritually and naturally. We are to always rejoice and thank God for His favor and goodness. First for keeping us and bringing us into the salvation He purchased with His own blood.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28 KJV
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). 2 Cor. 5:19 AMP
Secondly, He is helping us to grow in His goodness and wear the blessing. My dear brothers and sisters, let us draw near to our Father with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) Heb 10:22-23 KJV.
This is liberty, and as long as we live in it, we will never again be entangled with the yoke of bondage. Happy 4th of July!!!
Elder Carolyn Prescod