I was inspired to write this post about freedom from a couple of messages I recently heard by Apostle Ron Carpenter, Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center, and Tavner Smith, Youth Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center.
Everyone of us wants to be free. We all have an innate design and longing for freedom. Whether it’s freedom from restrictions, from rules, from authority, from debt, from regulations, from work, from punching a clock, from studies, from stress, from anxiety or from the busyness of life; we all just want to be free. Wherever you look or wherever you go, there is only 3 things that will truly set you free. Here they are.
1) The Truth
Jesus tells us in John 8:32 that “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The problem we have with this statement is that we don’t know the truth. Many of us know the facts, the opinions, the ideas; but we don’t know the truth. The only truth that can set you free is the truth you know. It doesn’t do me any good to have the truth, the Word of God, sitting on my coffee table collecting dust. Until I crack it open, read it, memorize it, study it, meditate on it, and know it; it won’t set me free. So what are you doing with the truth? Do you know it? Forget the facts, opinions, and ideas that everyone else has that are of no use to you and let the truth set you free.
2) The Son
A few verses further down in John 8, Jesus tells us that “He who the Son sets free is free indeed” (See John 8:36). Jesus told the woman at the well who was waiting for the Messiah to set her free “I am he, You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further” (See John 4:26). Most of us are looking for a career, a relationship, money, a promotion, a relocation, or a government to set us free; but the only one who can truly set us free is Jesus. Stop your waiting, stop your looking, stop your searching; He is standing at the door knocking and all you have to do is let Him in. Quit running to a person, to a drug, to a bottle, or to a pill and run to Jesus. He said all those who are tired and burdened, come to Him and He will give you rest (See Matthew 11:28). I love how “The Message” translates this verse “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” So what are you waiting or looking for? You can come to Jesus just the way you are.
3) The Spirit
Paul writes to the Corinthians “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (See 2 Corinthians 3:17). Wherever the Spirit is there is liberty. Paul tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit lives in us. Therefore, wherever we go there should be freedom. The prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 61:1 and Jesus reads this in the temple in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Everywhere Jesus went people were set free because He was filled with the Spirit. Everywhere we go people should be set free because the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us. Is the good news being preached to the poor where you go? Are the broken hearts being healed where you go? Are the captives being set free where you go? Is the prison being opened where you go?
Finally, the title to this post was taken from the song called “Freedom is Here” by Hillsong United. You can listen to it here http://youtu.be/kmignZozEoA