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As Christians, we know we are saved and have freedom in Jesus and yet many times we still live under bondage. We are under bondage to fear, worry, anxiety, our past. What is freedom in Christ and how do we live free from that bondage?
What is Freedom in Christ and Why Do I Not Feel Free?
Have you ever gone to a circus and seen a giant elephant kept in place by a small clasp around its leg with only a short, pretty flimsy chain attached to it? You just know that with no effort at all that chain would be no match for that elephant. It could easily break free from its bonds!
But it doesn’t. It continues to be held in its place by this chain that offers no true bond at all.
The reason for this is, at a young age, an elephant is often restrained by much heavier, sturdier chains. The young elephant tries to break free but cannot. At its young age and its much smaller size, it cannot get itself free from those heavy chains.
Over time, the elephant learns to stop trying. At that point, the keepers know they can switch out the heavy chains with that tiny chain that offers no constraint at all because the poor elephant has become conditioned to its bondage. It no longer tries when it feels that clasp on its leg.
The elephant sees its attempts at freedom as fruitless.
What is Freedom in Christ? – Spiritual Chains
Many of us carry our heavy chains into the Kingdom with us, don’t we? We have been so chained down in bondage to things in our former life that we fail to recognize that we can easily break free from them.
We know that Jesus saved us. He took our sin and our shame and bore them to a wooden cross on Calvary, paying the price for our sins once and for all!
There is little doubt we KNOW He gave us freedom and liberty! But yet we have sometimes become so conditioned to the chains that we fail to live in that freedom.
Galatians 5:1 says:
“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.” NIV
Yet we remain in bondage to a chain that we have been conditioned to believe holds us but in reality, Jesus has broken.
What is freedom in Christ? It’s knowing you hold the keys!
The keys to the Kingdom are ours! They are the keys that free us from the prison we have lived in. We have the keys that free us from fear, worry, anxiety, pain, sickness, guilt. And yet we sit in that prison with the keys in our hand and fail to see we can just open the door at any time.
We remain in bondage while freedom is ours.
What is Freedom in Christ? – It’s Breaking Strongholds in Your Life
For the believers in Paul’s day, it was bondage to the law. For us, it could be bondage to fear, insecurity, legalism, temptation, and yes, even religion! Many of us receive Christ only to continue to live under the bondage of religion and a works-based system, as was the case with the early church!
We have eternal life and yet we feel as though we are bound to the past! We are bound to the very things Christ came to redeem us from!
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says:
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.” NIV
Weapons we fight with? Yes! It is warfare!
The Weapons of Our Warfare
The enemy is the one who wants you to believe that you are still bound by that tiny chain around your leg! He wants you to believe you are chained in place when, in reality, you could easily be free from it.
You break them with the weapons of our warfare! So what are the weapons God has given you?
Ephesians 6:14-18 tell us about our armor and our weapons!
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” NIV
The Word of God and Prayer Are Our Weapons
It’s not enough to simply ask ‘what is freedom in Christ?’. We need to also ask (and learn) WHERE that freedom comes from!
The Word of God can cast down arguments and imaginations which the enemy uses to make you believe you are no better off saved than you were before! He lies and with each lie secures you in place with that imaginary chain!
But God says otherwise!
That is why getting into the Word and casting down those arguments using the truth of the Word is so vital!! Each time you do, you’ll hear that chain snap open!
Walk in the freedom Christ has given you and don’t allow the enemy to keep you chained in place!
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