“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Freedom In Christ
I adore the freedom of summer! I love setting aside schedules, putting on sundresses and sandals, and enjoying late evenings still full of sunlight! It fills my heart with joy to have more time to enjoy playing at parks, swimming at the pool, and even enjoying a few more ice cream cones than usual with my children! As I enjoy the freedoms of summertime, I am reminded that Christ also offers us freedom that we can walk in all year long! It is the light of Christ that brings true freedom and joy, not only the simple freedoms of summertime.
Did you know that the word “free” is used 56 times in the New Testament? The Bible makes it quite clear that freedom should permeate the life of a believer in Christ. 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.” We are no longer slaves to sin! You are free in Christ! Do you remember who you are or are you still walking as a slave to sin?
Are there sins and disappointments and frustrations weighing you down this summer and keeping you from seeing the freedom that you have in Christ? Keep in mind that whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:16-17). The Spirit of the Lord is in you if you have turned to Him and believed in Christ as your Savior! Trust Him and enjoy the freedom that comes from walking with Him. You are no longer slaves to sin! Jesus wants to help you kick off the things that are weighing you down like that heavy pair of boots you have put away until next winter.
Use the freedom of summer to relish in the freedom of Christ, for “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1a). In the Spirit, there is freedom from fear, from anxiety, and from any other sin that so easily entangles, as Hebrews 12:1 reminds us! Remember who you are!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Blessings and Love,
- Are you walking in freedom with Christ? What is weighing you down? Humbly pray before the Lord and ask Him to reveal to you any unconfessed sin or any area that you have not surrendered to Him. This can be a very difficult process, but He is with you! He will not leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will walk you into His freedom. Remember that His yoke of obedience is easier and lighter than anything you are holding on to.
Teach your children about the freedom Christ brings as you enjoy your summer together. Use the extra time with them to teach them more about Him by reading the Word with them and teaching them some new songs about the truths of the Word. And as the summer fades back into fall and eventually winter, remind them (and yourself) that the light of Christ will go with them and give them freedom as they learn to walk closer to Him.