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FREEDOM

Since I’ve started living my life in agreement with who God says I am, as opposed to believing that what I’ve done or will do is what defines me, there is one word that just seems to jump out of my mouth almost daily: freedom. Being free has completely changed everything for me. The way I use this word leaves a lot up to interpretation in its ambiguity, so let me break down what freedom in Jesus means to me.

Freedom means I am free from the pressure to perform. I am free from guilt. I am free from insecurity caused by failure, comparison, or gossip. I am free from the fear of rejection, oppression, persecution, loneliness, and inadequacy. I am free from addiction to any type of sin. I am free to be the best version of me that I was created to be, uninhibited by the mistakes of my past. I am free from the expectations others may put on me to meet a certain standard. I am free to love without my selfishness getting in the way! Finally, I am free from sin and death themselves (separation from God and eternal death).

When I recently saw this scene, “sin and death” flashed through my mind as the bracelets fell off Genie’s wrists. His joy as he realizes he is truly free was so relatable that I honestly shed a couple joy-tears.

The moment I knew I was truly free was when I accepted the fact that my circumstances might not change - in fact they might get worse - and yet God’s love would sustain me. That was the moment I knew I was free. Still faced with the very real, very deserved outcome of my sins, God told me He loved me and gave me peace. It was a peace that didn’t make any sense. And I can honestly say to you that peace has never left (at least not for longer than a few hours).

I went from being slave to sin to being a slave to peace.

Living in this unshakable peace is exactly the type of freedom I know everyone is searching for, so I won’t stop telling people about it now that I’ve found it. I think it is most simply broken down in these two passages from the Bible.

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
— John 8:31-34 NLT

You may be reading this and thinking, Hold up… Jesus said anyone who sins is a slave to sin and the Bible says that everyone has sinned… so aren’t we all slaves to sin? Is Tyler saying he doesn’t sin? BLASPHEMY! lol but before you pick up your stones, check out what the Bible says a little bit after Jesus did this crazy thing where He defeated sin and death at the cross (light flex):

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.

We are no longer slaves to sin.

For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
— Romans 6:5-11 NLT

So we’re all born into sin and have committed sin. But if you believe in everything Jesus is, then you are free and “no longer a slave to sin.” So even if you “commit a sin” while living in this freedom, you are STILL free because God doesn’t count it against you anymore.

It’s in the Book y’all. Be free.

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