Say yes to freedom. For Americans choosing freedom seems like it should be a no-brainer right? It should be easy to say “yes” to freedom. But the realty is to say yes to freedom, means saying “no” to condemnation. That is a difficult thing for most of us to do. After all, our western culture is often motivated by fear, regret, and shame. These things keep us trapped in faulty condemnation. Fortunately, there are two keys to living in the joy of freedom, rather than the trap of condemnation.
1) Freedom comes through faith
Paul states in Romans 8:1 – “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” As with many things in Scripture, we have to accept what God says by faith! In this case, the faith to believe that we have been set free. We must accept the price for our sin and our guilt was fully paid by Jesus on the cross.
Choosing freedom takes an active faith. Further, it is choosing to believe that the debt has been fully paid, and that we are fully free. Condemnation is a legal term, meaning one is guilty of the crime. If we accept the lies of the world that says we must earn love, then we are not exercising faith to believe that we are a much-loved child of God. When we live as one condemned, we are accepting the guilt that sin heaps on us.
Conversely, faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone.” When we completely trust Jesus and believe His Word, we have faith. In Romans 8:1, states that we belong to Christ Jesus. He already paid the consequences for our sin, leaving us declared perfectly innocent. John 8:31-32, “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.'” (NLT). He paid the price for our sins, we need to accept, by faith, the freedom He has already given.
2) Walk in the Spirit
Walking in the Spirit starts with belief in Jesus Christ and letting Him transform you from the inside out. But walking in the Spirit goes deeper than simply belief, it requires an active faith. When we walk in the Spirit, we are led by the Holy Spirit, we listen to the voice of God as He leads, guides, and directs. We walk in faith, fully freed from sin, fully led by His Spirit.
To walk in the Spirit, means to follow the call of God, to rely upon Him, and to let His Word transform our mind. When we walk in the Spirit, we have a kingdom mindset. We focus on what He says is important — His goals and priorities become our own. Matthew 6:33 — “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (NLT). To walk in the Spirit, means to make seeking God and His Kingdom on Earth our top priority.
Therefore, we trust Jesus for forgiveness. We allow Him to say “innocent” when the world says “guilty.” We walk out that trust in the Spirit. Finally, to live in freedom, we must believe and walk…two simple steps. Believe (have faith) that our freedom has already been purchased, and then walk out that faith, seeking His Kingdom, His will, His plan, and His purpose.