True Freedom

Are you free? How do you know if you are? If you're not, how can you be?

John 8:36
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

As a believer of Christ, our freedom depends on different things than those who are not believers. What does this mean? It simply means that because we "walk by faith and not by sight (2 COR 5:7)," we don't have the same definition of freedom as some others would. Freedom as a believer involves the freedom from bondage, strongholds, sickness, diseases, and sin!

Paul gives an excellent explanation about the struggle between man and sin and bondage in the book of Romans and throughout his letters to the churches. But most importantly, he explains our freedom in Christ. Our ability, unlike before, to overcome and flee sin. But if we don't feed our spirits with the WORD and all we do is concentrate on the sin -- whatever it may be -- we can never be free.

ROMANS 6:11-13

11. Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

***I always use the KJV as it is the most close translation to the Hebrew text and often other translations don't convey the entire message.***

Clearly, we can see that Paul tells us first to regard ourselves as dead to sin. After we have realized through Christ we are not alive to sin, then we make a choice to either allow sin to "reign" in our lives/bodies or not. We all will sin at some point but when we succumb to it and allow it to overtake us, we are not free.

If you are not free, Romans 10:9-10 is an EXCELLENT place to start.


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