Worshiping in Freedom

Any stage amplifies what’s already there. Any spotlight highlights what was hidden. If I want to be freer on stage, I need to know what freedom is offstage. 

How do we find freedom personally? 

First, we must embrace reality. We don’t earn freedom. We don’t act free. Christ has set us free! 

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. 
Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. (Galatians 5:1-5) 

Freedom is a choice as a response to the work of Christ. 
I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. (Psalm 119:45) 

Freedom is a calling. 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. (Isaiah 61:1) 

Freedom is part of my identity.
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. (Romans 6:14) 

We are slaves who have been set free. 
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 
“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” 
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. (John 8:31-36) 

100% sure, you and I were designed for freedom. But we don’t always live like it. 

Next week, we'll look at some of the practical limiters of freedom. Until then, stop and ask the LORD how He wants you to walk differently.