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ENJOYING TRUE AND LASTING FREEDOM

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: ENJOYING TRUE AND LASTING FREEDOM

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36

BLESSED IS that word “freedom,” and blessed is he who spends himself to make men so. Ye did well to crowd your streets and to welcome with your joyous acclamations the man who has broken the yoke from off the neck of the oppressed. Many sons of Italy have done valiantly, but he excels them all, and deserves the love of all the good and brave. Political slavery is an intolerable evil. To live, to think, to act, to speak, at the permission of another! Better have no life at all! To depend for my existence upon a despot’s will is death itself. Craven spirits may wear the dog-collar which their master puts upon them, and fawn at his feet for the bones of his table, but men who are worthy of the name, had rather feed the vultures on the battle-field. The burden of civil bondage is too heavy for bold spirits to bear with patience, and therefore they fret and murmur beneath it; this murmuring the tyrant loves not, and therefore he throws the sufferers into his dungeons, and bids them wear out their days in captivity. Blessed is he who hurls down the despot, bursts the doors of his dungeons, and gives true men their rights. We have never felt, and therefore we know not the bitterness of thralldom.
Our emancipators have gone to the world of spirits, bequeathing us an heirloom of liberty, for which we should love their names and reverence their God. If they could have lived on till now, how we should honour them! but as they are gone, we do well to applaud our illustrious guest as if we saw in him the spirit of all our glorious liberators worthily enshrined. Political liberty allows scope for so much of all that is good and ennobling, and its opposite involves so much that is debasing, that the mightiest nation destitute of it is poor indeed, and the poorest of all people, if they be but free, are truly rich.

True Freedom is the liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another that is, from the law of sin and death we have inherited from Adam and Eve into the Law of Eternal Life.
It is independence from the clutches of darkness and dependence to the source of our being, God.

These are powerful and encouraging words and right off the bat I want to issue you a big congratulations because you are free. However, have you ever taken the time to consider what you are freed from?

If you look at the Greek, you will discover this word free can mean to liberate or to exempt from liability. That means this verse could read whom the son liberates or exempts from liability will be really liberated and exempted from liability.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed;
“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:31-32

The truth is not just an idea, an ism, a philosophy, but the Person of Jesus Himself! He said; “…I Am the Truth” Truth is a Person! The Person of Jesus!

He said, “If the Son will set you free, you will be free indeed.” Truly, all who are in Christ Jesus are free! But many are still enslaved. They knew the truth but how come they are still enslaved to sin? How come?
The mystery is unlocked by this verse…. 2 Corinthians 3: 17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

In Galatians 5:1, Paul tells us that, “Freedom is what we have. Christ has set us free.” Jesus promises real and lasting freedom and with 2Corinthians 3:17’s indwelling Holy Spirit we are ultimately free! But, freedom from what?
I want to cite three most important things that Jesus said, “I’ve come to set you free from.”

FREE FROM SLAVERY OF SIN:
“If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed…” v.31
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…” v.34

“IF” WE CONTINUE IN JESUS’ WORDS, and abide, dwell therein, even if we do not feel like the old nature is dead, God says it is, and so it is! The result of this death of the old nature is that we are free from its wicked influence in our lives. The old nature lived for one thing: To serve sin – Eph. 2:1-3. Thank God in Jesus, we have been given freedom from the evil influence of our nature. Basically stated, we do not have to live like him any longer! We are no longer under the slavery to sin!

And that is what Jesus was referring to. John 8:34-36 “Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
If the Son makes you free, you will be what? Free indeed. Completely free. Not partially free. Free. Many believers hear this and wonder how to break free from sin because it seems to be a constant struggle.
I believe that every person who has fully trusted in the shed blood of Jesus for their salvation needs to fully grasp and understand the incredible amazing powerful words of promise that Jesus gave here. If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. I want you to understand, that the greatest human need that any person on the planet has is derived from the fact that the human race is a fallen race. We live in a fallen world. According to the Bible, every human being on the planet was born into sin. We live in a world tainted by sin.

The scripture is very plain. Sin separates us from God. We are born into this world as sinners. There is absolutely not anything that we can do in and of our own selves to truly save ourselves. The scripture says it, “There is none that is righteous, not even one.” We needed someone to save us. That someone is Jesus. Jesus came to set us free from sin.
Contrary to what many people teach and preach today.
Jesus didn’t die for our negativity.
Jesus didn’t die for bad feelings.
Jesus didn’t die for our low self-esteem.
Jesus didn’t die for our poverty.
Jesus didn’t die for our hurts.
Is Jesus concerned about those things? Sure, he is concerned for every aspect of our lives. But the chief reason why Jesus came to die was to pay the penalty for our sin. Once that penalty was paid, he declared, “It is finished.” He was saying the price is paid-the wrath of God is satisfied. Jesus knew that His death on the cross, would satisfy the judgment of God against sin.
Now the good news is that we can have forgiveness of sin. “If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But Jesus death did more than provide forgiveness. It also gave us the power to overcome sin. Jesus death broke the chains of the enemy. Jesus death provides freedom.
In the book of Luke 4, Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah as he shared his mission.

Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;”

My aim in this message is that you would experience Jesus, the sovereign, risen, living Lord of the universe, as the source and content of real freedom in your life. For this to happen, we need two things: we need God’s liberating truth and we need God’s liberating grace. Which means I need to preach God’s word, and pray for God’s power.

I take it for a certainty that everyone wants to be free in the deepest, fullest sense. If the opposite is bondage and slavery, no one here wants that. You may be enslaved to some habits that are very pleasurable, and in that sense love your slavery. But when you step back from the pleasures and consider happiness without that slavery, you would like to be done with bondage. You would like to be happy in freedom, not a slave to pleasant addictions. We all want to be free.

“Jesus is alive and reigns as King of the universe, and he offers real freedom to all of us.”

Jesus alone can free us from these two kinds of slavery: the domination and damnation of sin. He frees us from the damnation of sin by becoming a damnation for us. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). And he frees us from the domination of sin by changing our nature at the root through the new birth. And the essence of it is that he gives us eyes to see that our Savior is more to be desired than anything in the world.
When our sins are forgiven, and God’s wrath is taken away, and we see Jesus as a greater Treasure than all the world, we are freed from both the damnation and the domination of sin. We are free indeed. That’s what Jesus is offering you today.

To be fully free, we must have the desire, the ability, and the opportunity to do what will make us happy forever. No regrets. And only Jesus, the Son of God who died and rose for us, can make that possible. If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed. To be happy forever, our sins must be forgiven and God’s wrath removed and Christ must become our supreme Treasure. Only Jesus can do that. In fact, he has already done it. He died for our sins. He absorbed God’s wrath. And he rose from the dead and is today therefore supremely precious. And he offers us that now as a free gift.

Jesus is not just giving you information in this message. He is giving you an invitation. Trust him. Treasure him. He died and he rose again to make you free indeed.

I would we were all free; but if we be not, the next best thing I would is, that those of us who are not free would fret under the fetter; for when the fetters are felt, they shall be broken; when the iron enters into the soul, it shall be snapped; when you long for liberty you shall have it; when you seek for it as for hid treasure, and pant for it as the stag for the waterbrook, God will not deny you. “Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened; ask, and it shall be given you.” God lead you to seek, and knock, and ask now, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

SHALOM!

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