How Do You Define Freedom

Freedom is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the quality or state of being free; the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; independence.

Obviously this month more than any other there is a lot of talk and attention drawn to freedom because of the Fourth of July (the celebration of America’s Independence and Freedom).  And deservedly so, there is an acknowledgement of those past, present and future who have paid the ultimate price for and defend our freedom.

But there is another type of freedom I think far too often is overlooked and neglected.  How about the freedom to live a happy life?  Freedom to live free from fear and anxiety, freedom to live your life led by God not manipulated by man.  Many times circumstances, relationships, or our own fears deprive of us our own personal freedom to enjoy living our life, making us captives and slaves who are merely surviving life life rather than living it.

I can hear someone say, how in the world do you expect someone to be happy with all the negative, horrific, evil things that are going on in the world?!?  If you base your happiness upon your circumstances or the state of the world, you will never find joy, peace or happiness.  Those things cannot be found externally, they instead have to be established internally.  True joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment and freedom are only found one way….. By allowing Jesus to be your Lord & Savior.

Someone may be thinking, since when did this blog become so spiritual?!?!  Well, truth is I know there are a lot of hurting people out there, going thru things that rip at your heart, your mind and the very fiber of your being.  Struggles that seem overwhelming and so many are feeling as though they are being crushed by their circumstances….carrying a burden that is not theirs to bear and that keeps them from enjoying the life they were created for….Keeping them in bondage, preventing the light on the inside of them from shining brightly, positively impacting those around them.  Their light is being smothered by a load of fear, guilt, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, anger, apathy, offense, doubt, abuse, confusion, and the list can go on & on.  I can only share with others my personal experiences and what I know to be true.  The truth is Jesus is faithful, cannot lie, loves you, and is eager to set you FREE.  He is more than able & eager to pull you out of whatever hole or mess you find yourself in and set you FREE.  There is so much within that freedom that it would take multiple blogs to express it all.  However, I can tell you this, it’s never too late, you’ve never went too far, and are never so wounded that Jesus can’t save, heal, restore and free you!  I have been a captive, but Jesus set me free.  I want you to experience that freedom too.

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” -John 8:36 NLT