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“There Is Liberty!” (The 7 Freedoms)



2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

- Imagine being given a check for a million dollars and never cashing it.

- Imagine having a freezer and cupboard full of food and never eating.

- Imagine dangling precariously on a rope when there is a ladder within your grasp.

- Imagine living a life of defeat and despair when there is no reason to do so.

 

And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

If you read 2 Corinthians 3 you will discover that God does not want us under the bondage of law keeping or self-effort. Instead He wants us to have the freedom of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. Because the Holy Spirit is present within us, all we need to do is reach for it by faith. We live such self-defeating lives that God never intended us to live.

I want to share with you some of the freedoms we have as a result of the working of the Holy Spirit. We just need to appropriate these truths by faith.
 

I. FREEDOM TO BELONG –
(Rom 8:15 KJV) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Rom 8:16 KJV) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:17 KJV) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 

You are a child of God and therefore part of the family of God.
 

II. FREEDOM TO SERVE -
(2 Cor 3:5 KJV) Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; (2 Cor 3:6 KJV) Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
 

We are ministers of God. His sufficiency to serve comes from God.
 

III. FREEDOM TO BE GUIDED -

(Rom 8:14 KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Psa 32:8 KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye

GOD WANTS TO LEAD US IN EVERY AREA OF OUR LIVES BUT HE NEVER FORCES US TO DO HIS WILL.


Freedom does not mean the absence of constraints or moral absolutes. Suppose a skydiver at 10,000 feet announces to the rest of the group, "I'm not using a parachute this time. I want freedom!" The fact is that a skydiver is constrained by a greater law--the law of gravity.  But when the skydiver chooses the "constraint" of the parachute, she is free to enjoy the exhilaration.  God's moral laws act the same way: they restrain, but they are absolutely necessary to enjoy the exhilaration of real freedom.
 

IV. FREEDOM TO WITNESS -

(Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS WE WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW AND IT IS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS.

V. FREEDOM TO LEARN -

(John 16:13 KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (John 16:14 KJV) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. (John 16:15 KJV) All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.


THE MORE WE LEARN OF JESUS THE MORE WE WANT TO.
 

VI. FREEDOM TO PRAY -

(Rom 8:26 KJV) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Rom 8:27 KJV) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 

OUR PRAYER LIFE IS OUR TALKING THINGS OVER WITH THE LORD.


VII. FREEDOM TO PRODUCE -

(Gal 5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (Gal 5:23 KJV) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

WE WANT TO BE FRUIT PRODUCERS FOR THE LORD!
 

Have you wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. 12 had their homes ransacked and burned. 2 lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had 2 sons captured. 9 of the 56 fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War. There was and is a tremendous price to pay for freedom.

 

Remember what Jesus had to pay for our freedom and liberty.

 

God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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