Recently I had the privilege of literally standing on the battlefield in Yorktown where our nation fought for its freedom over 200 years ago. It was eye opening to stand in the midst of the place where so much blood was shed for our nations freedom.
As I thought about this month's blog I felt led to stray away from marriage to our spouse to marriage to the real bride groom by sharing my life story about freedom. As I have meditated on the word freedom, I realized that
FREEDOM = SACRIFICE
In order for freedom to exist, something has to die. Scripture says in Galatians 5:1,
“It is for freedom that Christ died.”
Despite how we view our nation in the midst of this dark season, our freedom doesn't come from a piece of paper or from protesting, or shooting, or fighting, or arguing our point. Our freedom only comes through the sacrifice that was made on our behalf in history on a wooden cross over 2000 years ago. Christ died to set us free and that is the only true freedom we have.
Not only did Christ die for our freedom, but in order for us to find freedom in him, we also have to die to ourselves. Matthew 10:39 says, “Who ever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
If we want to find freedom we have to go to our death to self. In fact, just as Christ began his death in a garden, I believe we all have to go to our own Garden of Gethsemane where we must die to ourselves as Jesus did and say, “Not my will but thine be done.” That is the only place we find freedom and resurrection from our nations turmoil, our emotions, our circumstance, and our confusion.
At one of the darkest hours in my own life, I found myself in my own garden. It started when my father died without a will. In the midst of the legal chaos, I abruptly learned I might not really be my father’s daughter. After 7 years of being in court, the Lord told me to offer to take a DNA test. On the day of the test I grabbed a book as I walked out the door called "The Gift". As I sat waiting my turn for the DNA test, I didn't realize it, but I was walking to my own death and I was about to receive the greatest gift of freedom the Lord had to offer me. He was calling me to die to the pride I had in being called “my father's daughter.” I had been proud to be my father's daughter because everyone knew his name and I used his name to my advantage to open doors. I was a name dropper. On this day, as I sat realizing I did not know who I was anymore, I opened the book I had grabbed to the page that was marked. To my shock it said, “For you no longer have to worry about who your father is, for you are an heir to my throne through my son." Gal. 4:7
In an instant, I became the daughter of a great King.
Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
When we enter into a relationship with our Heavenly Father, we become children of a noble King. We are grafted into a vine and given a new blood line. We then walk in nobility and we can rule our kingdom well as we live by our new identity and walk out our purpose..
As a result of that freedom, we then willingly make sacrifice. Jesus had to lay down his identity as teacher in order to become Savior and we have to lay down our old identity in order to lead the world to the Savior. When we sacrifice ourselves, we are resurrected from our spiritual death to walk in freedom. When we find freedom through sacrifice of our self, we can then go and set others free through our story. God calls us to lay down our lives so we can find it and then give our hearts away so others can find him.
As we move forward in this nation in pursuit of freedom, remember that freedom only comes in truly know who you are in Christ. If we all embrace that identity, all the other issues of our day would be resolved.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness the prisoners." Isaiah 61:1
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