The on-line dictionary defines freedom as a noun that means:
1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3. the power to determine action without restraint.
The Christian should disagree with all three of these definitions. Freedom is not to live without boundaries and restraint; nor is it to be exempt from external control. Nonsense! It is also absolutely not “the power to determine action without restraint.” This would simply be anarchy which is a situation in which there is a total lack of organization or control or the absence of any formal system of government in a society.
Freedom is found only by submitting to the Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. Freedom is not the absence of limitations. True freedom is acknowledging your limitations and connecting your limitations to God’s limitless all. Our limitations should make us rely totally on God and this brings freedom. Total freedom. The Bible even states this: “Those whom the Son has set free are free indeed.”
Often we think this means free of sin; free of demonic oppression; free of our past hurts and wounds; free of wrong relationship; free of destructive habits and attitudes; free of those things that keep us tied to the past. All of these and many more are absolutely true. But, we also need to be set free from ourselves – our own will and the will of our flesh.
There are three wills that are posible in the life of the believer… The will of the flesh, the will which is part of our soul realm (the human will) and the will of God.
John 1:13 “…children born not of the natural descent, nor of human will, or the will of the flesh, but born of God (His will).”
Real freedom is gained and lived out only when a believer submits their will (soul realm decision area) and the will of their flesh to the will of God. This is called making Jesus Lord. He must be in control or Lord of every aspect of a person’s life. This means we submit willingly to His Lordship and yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This means we are open to hearing, receiving, heeding, and obeying His written will and revealed will for our lives.
Every believer can know part of God’s will for their life simply by reading the Word of God, the Bible – the written will of God. Here we find the basics of what Jesus, as Lord, expects from those who follow Him. This includes seeking and saving the lost; being a productive member of His body, the Church; worship, prayer, Bible reading and Bible study; tithing; loving, accepting and forgiving everyone….
But, on top of this we also have His revealed will to obey. This consists of the prophetic words that we have received, the Rhema words that have built faith as we read His Word; the things He has spoken to us personally and privately in the stillness of our hearts… We must submit our will (decision area) and our flesh to His revealed will – yielding to His guidance and direction and then changing so that we can accomplish what He is asking of us personally.
Only then can we experience freedom – true freedon, biblical freedom, God-given freedom that allows us to be who we were created to be and do what we are called to do. Lordship is the key to much of what is currently missing in the Church and the lives of believers. We have regretfully somehow separated Savior from Lord and thus ended up believing a lie and living in bondage while calling it freedom.
It is certainly time to change this situation. It is time to declare the Lordship of Jesus and the demands that, as Lord, He makes upon believers in general and each and every believer in particular. Then true freedom will be experienced, embraced and enjoyed.