Stepping Into Freedom

Imagine. You are standing on enemy ground. Freedom’s soil is right in front of you. A soldier is with you. He’s been with you, but the enemy has beaten you so badly you could neither hear nor see him. Sometimes though, you could sense his presence, his protection. You know he is guiding you.

The silence breaks. You can hear a whisper, “This way. Follow me and you will be free.” Light illuminates your darkness, and you can see freedom’s soil only a step away.

Can you imagine turning around? Offering up only a “Thanks but no thanks. I’ll stay here and hang with the enemy?”

Of course not.

Yet, isn’t that just how we sometimes treat our freedom in Christ. We find ourselves on enemy ground. Battered and beaten by our own decisions. Freedom compromised by selfishness and a desire for independence. Deaf and blinded to his voice and his presence, we move deeper into enemy territory.

Yet still he’s there The Mighty Warrior. In the depths of our heart, we know this. We remember freedom. It was beautiful. Wasn’t it? It’s vague, a blur of a memory, yet we can still recall the joy of freedom.

We catalog our mistakes and wrong turns. Captivity was easy. Left unprotected and unprepared for an attack, we handed over the blueprint of our hearts to the enemy.

How wonderful to know freedom is already ours. Secured at the cross. No matter how deep the captivity, the way out is the same. Step forward. Follow him.

Christ has already set us free. He’s paid for our freedom. It’s ours for the taking. He will heal us. This darkness, this captivity, He can use this for his good.

Freedom is yours. It’s mine. Maybe you’ve ventured into enemy camp. You don’t have to stay there. I know because I’ve traveled that road too. I’ve stepped into darkness. I’ve lost sight of Him. Weary and frustrated from the twists and turns of this life. I’ve been deaf to freedom’s call. It can be hard to take that step when we are weary and wounded. But to experience freedom, step we must.

Psalm 118:5 – In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.

Galatians 5:1 – 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.

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