FAITH & FREEDOM

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“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.”

– Galatians 5:1 NIV

When the sick woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, the bible says that she felt the bleeding stop and the immediate freedom she received from her suffering. After 12 long years of suffering, the sick woman felt, internally, freedom from her suffering, her state of depletion and the gnawing disappointment of 12 years of things getting worse instead of better. Before Jesus spoke to her to confirm what she had already felt on the inside, the woman, who was no longer sick, could feel God’s power working in her and through her to set her free from her state of suffering. After laboring in hope for healing for 12 years and striving, with perseverance, towards Jesus for what she hoped for from God, the woman who is no longer sick was set free!

God wants to set you free from your suffering! God wants to set us free from debt, from sickness, from doubt, depression, guilt, anxiety, worry, fear, anger, disappointment, pride, bitterness, rage, destructive habits, sexual immorality and sinful conduct. God wants to set us free from what oppresses us and suppresses the truth of His word being brought into fruition into our lives because of thoughts and emotions that oppose His truth from being internalized within us to produce fruitful living (See John 15). God wants to liberate us from the past that haunts us. He wants to set us free from being people pleasers and transform us into sincere followers of Christ whose first ambition becomes to please Christ, by how we live, by following His example through the principles provided in God’s word.

What would make a sick woman, in a state of depletion and disappointment, believe she could experience a better outcome from the current state of her condition after 12 years where things got worse? I believe it was hope. In Romans 4, the bible said that against all hope, in hope Abraham believed God and he was strengthened in his faith believing God had the power to do what He promised. The bible also teaches in the book of Galatians, that everyone who believes is a seed of Abraham and an heir according to the promise. The woman who is no longer sick and freed from her suffering, inherited the privilege of the promise afforded to her because she invested her faith in Christ. God wants us to be free from what oppresses us and suppresses the truth of His word from allowing us to feel, on the inside, what the woman felt when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. God doesn’t just want us to see His power at work around us, God wants us to experience His power at work in us and through us too!

Those who proclaim faith in Jesus Christ have the all-surpassing power and greatness of God living on the inside of us to allow us to experience the promise of freedom the Apostle Paul declared we should experience through Christ. Christ came to set us free! Like the woman no longer sick, we should feel the power of God working on the inside of us to set us free from our suffering! Have you ever felt a change on the inside that allowed you to be at rest and at peace despite the fact nothing in your external circumstances had changed? You changed, but everything around you was the same. That is what the power of God can do for us, in us and through us to bless others, when we learn to pursue Christ as this woman did!

 May God bless you and help you to pursue Christ despite the condition of your current circumstances that will position you to experience His freedom and power at work in you and through you to liberate you and help set others free.

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