I’m sure if you’ve been in the church for awhile, you’ve heard this phrase quite often and you’re used to hearing messages on it. I have only been in the church for six years, and I have heard messages on this phrase more than I can count on my hands. While it is a beautiful phrase, and beautiful message, I think we misunderstand it. Often it is the freedom from guilt and shame and from satan, and while all of that is true, the phrase really connotes something completely different. I believe the true meaning for this phrase is found in Matthew chapter 12.
When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, “I will return to the house I left.” When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.
This passage suggests that true freedom is not having your body as an open home to these spirits of oppression and sin, or demons for that matter. Now, I know the world doesn’t need more writing or speeches about how it is imperfect and evil, however, I think for us to be able to preach love and freedom to them, we need to start with our churches. How can we expect the world to live in freedom if the people in the church aren’t?
When we ask God for forgiveness, and we are in true repentance, we are literally to “turn away” and go another direction from that sin. Once we do this, we can live in freedom, the trick is, we have to accept God into every area of our lives, those spirits of oppression will not have any room in our bodies if we are filled with the Holy Spirit. if we are filled with the spirit of the living God, then nothing evil can be within in us. Nothing bad, or unloving can stay in the home of the Lord because He is good and He is just.
Living in freedom is allowing God to completely, and totally living in freedom, this means that we love the people around us, even when its hard. This means disciplining ourselves physically and spiritually, this means not being scared of reaching out into the community around us. Being in Bible college, we are so secluded from the world, and it is easy to forget what the world outside our walls is like. Its easy to forget that outside of these walls, people are okay with cussing, having sex outside of marriage is okay, disrespecting your parents is normal. This is sad but it is the truth, and to love them so that they can learn to love and feel loved, we must embrace God’s love and live in freedom!
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. -Galations 5:1
Living in freedom is letting God’s spirit fill us from our hearts to our spirits, our head and heart. I’m praying today that you all can embrace the fullness of God if you haven’t yet! You are loved and desired by God, and letting go completely is scary but it is so freeing. You will have so much happiness in the times of darkness and trouble, and it will not be yourself but the joy of the Lord.