Freedom is defined differently by many people and many cultures. During one of the worst regimes in history, a reporter was captured by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. “He was brutally beaten, imprisoned, and mistreated. He lived in the worst possible conditions. Finally, he planned his escape. He ran from one tragic scene to another.
Having endured the rigors of the jungle while being chased by his captors, he finally stepped out into a clearing and looked down. To his utter amazement, he saw the Cambodian border. Down below him was a small refugee camp. His eyes caught sight of a hospital and a flag, and on the flag, a cross. Light returned to his weary face, which said in a dozen different ways, “I’m free. I’m free!”
Stuart Briscoe, Spiritual Stamina
In another way, we will never realize true freedom until we have understood and experienced being in bondage. Sin is the worst slave master there is. It blinds and deceives and gives false hope and empty promises. It alienates and destroys every relationship you have ever had or hoped to have. Sin will ruin you and your eternal future and bring judgment that is beyond imagination.
There is only one way to true freedom. “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36). “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1). God knew how important your freedom was and bought it with the price of His sinless Son! Armies and dictators succeed and fail. Governments and nations rise and fall, but there is only one who has the power to give eternal freedom from sin. Are you living in that freedom purchased by the SON?
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