Galatians 5:1 – “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.”
That is the tagline of this ministry. It is the core idea that everything in Freedom Rising Ministries is built around.
Rising into freedom means understanding that our freedom does not come from our win/loss record. Our freedom comes from God’s declaration that we are free. From there, the fight commences from a position of freedom, not from a position of trying to gain freedom.
We are never going to escape temptation in this life. We will always deal with the weaknesses of our flesh, though Christ gives us renewed strength for the fight as believers. There will be bad days, and there will be failures. When we fight from a position of freedom, we can take them in stride and acknowledge that we are still free because our freedom is based on Jesus’ declaration and not our achievements.
But we must be cautious not to fall into the trap of resigning ourselves to failure. That is not God’s intent. There is no growth or fulfillment in that. If we look further down in Galatians 5, verse 13 says “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
In other words, don’t use your freedom as an excuse to indulge sin.
If you are actively indulging in sin patterns, address it. Christ’s freedom is not a call to continue on in your sin with a prayer and a shoulder-shrug and a ‘that’s just the way I am’. Because He replies “No, this is the way you are…free!”
After writing extensively on the subject of the free gift of God’s grace, Paul wrote in Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
And later in Romans 6:14-15, we find: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not!”
A warrior is free to fight on the battlefield. The battle will not always be easy (even for the best of us…see Romans 7:15-23). And the warrior will not always win. But that doesn’t mean he hoists the white flag at the first sign of setback. A good warrior, recognizing the position of freedom from which he fights, picks his sword up and charges back into the battle. So pick up your sword and get back in there…every time!
Think of the particular temptations and struggles that you combat daily. Are you just letting them win because you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you can’t attain real freedom, or are you standing firm in the promise of Romans 6:14 and Galatians 5:1 and fighting from a position of freedom? What battle techniques work for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.