Today, in America, we celebrate Independence Day. Flags are waving, anthems are playing, families and friends gather as fireworks are set off into the sky. We celebrate FREEDOM.
Freedom allows us to live fully. Freedom promises opportunities and possibilities. Freedom brings joy and happiness because all that has served to hold us back has been conquered.
As followers of Christ, we live in the ultimate freedom. Free from all the enemy intended to enslave you. All the hurts of your past that were meant to be chains around your ankles, those have been broken. You can walk on out of that now. The prisons of your own choices, your own habits, your own failures, your own sins, well those prisons no longer have doors. Jesus blew the doors right off so you can walk on out. You can move on now. And girl, you can be happy.
You have been set FREE.
Jesus said in John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
And freedom is what Jesus had in mind as he accepted the penalty for your shortcomings. As he hung on the cross, his intentions were to set you free so you could live the life intended for you here right now, and for eternity.
Jesus isn’t just for Heaven. He isn’t just for the eternity awaiting you after this life. HE IS FOR EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. He is for this exact day. He is for the very things that threaten to hold you back today. He is for the precise doubts your wrestle with today. He is for this season, this phase, and this space in your life. He’s all up in this middle of this, waving your freedom flag.
Jesus has overcome this trouble. This problem has already been solved by him. This mountain has been moved. The path has been made. The chains have been broken. The door to this prison has already been ripped off it’s hinges. Jesus has given you the freedom to LIVE.
To live not just when things are all good, but live when things are still seemingly bad.
How do you do that exactly? How do you still live when mountains still stand in the way? When all you see is a mess and no clear way through it? When you still feel stuck, held back, limited, imprisoned, defeated, hopeless and helpless?
You take your eyes off of what is seen, what is here and now, and you trust what is unseen and what is to come.
2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
You can only see to the corner, but God sees around the corner. God sees how this is all going to be used together for good, even while at this moment it’s hard to find an ounce of goodness in some of your reality. My sister, you just haven’t seen what he has for you around this corner. You have no idea of the blessings and favor awaiting you.
But God is asking you to fix your gaze on those promises. He’s asking you to look right through the troubles you see today and live in freedom knowing this doesn’t hold you back. You are not defeated. You are not hopeless. You are not helpless. You are not stuck. You are not limited. And you don’t have to be held back because Jesus has set you FREE.
THIS DOESN’T HOLD YOU BACK. This is temporary. This will not last forever. This is not the end. God has already made a way around it and he will show you step by step … or he’s made a way right through it, and he’s ready to carry you.
Stop looking around at how bad it is. Stop broadcasting to the world every detail of all that has gone wrong. The enemy doesn’t deserve a billboard of his crappy attacks. Instead, walk in confidence knowing this battle has already been won. Broadcast all the ways God is working on your behalf. Tell of his peace that doesn’t make sense. Tell of his provision that is always somehow enough. Tell of his hope that restores and strengthens you to keep going. Tell of how his sweet spirit whispers to you and taps you on the shoulder … and tell of how his strong spirit sometimes thumps you on the head and knocks some sense into you.
As the beneficiaries of this freedom, we have a responsibility to wave our flag. Are you waving your freedom flag? Are you representing his light, his love, his joy, and his passion to this world? Are you showing what he has done in your life? Are you telling the story of your freedom?
Romans 15: 13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is how we share Jesus. We don’t need to shove our Bibles down anyone’s throat … we need to walk in freedom and never be held back another day in our lives. Jesus conquered and overcame so that we would have joy, peace and hope. That joy, peace and hope isn’t meant to stay stagnant and just stop with us. It is meant to overflow. To pour out of us onto others. To seep out of us when life squeezes us, to spill from us when we’re bumped into, to run from us when we are broken.
God’s plan is simple. He plans to save you, fill you, then set you free into this world to let what is inside of you spill over onto others. When you are filled with his spirit, then his spirit flows from you. When you have his joy, his joy radiates from you. When you are saved by his grace, then you extend that same grace to those in need.
That’s his plan for you. He knew exactly what this world would need in 2023. This world would need you, full of Jesus, waving your freedom flag, free from everything that ever threatened to hold you back or defeat you. You, full of light and love and joy, allowing it to flow freely onto every one you come in contact with.
Free to live.
Free to rise up from the ashes of past defeat.
Free to step up to our God given potential.
Free to level up to the life we were created for.
Free to be happy. Yes, finding contentment and joy in the here and now because our gaze is fixed on what God is doing in the unseen.
And when we do, we show others the real power of Jesus. We show how to live without seeing around the corner, but trusting God’s already there making things work together for good. We show how to be free, free indeed.