What’s it like to be truly free?

Only the person who is becoming conformed to Jesus Christ, and not conformed to this world, will know. No one else will know. They will not even understand the question.

When Pilate was questioning Jesus, he was looking into the eyes of a free Man. Beaten, bloodied, even condemned to death, but free. And likewise, when the executioner came to chop off Paul’s head, he looked into the eyes of a free man.

We are not to be imprisoned by our mind, or held to ransom by our soul and emotions ; Nor by our past, and the wounds we may carry, or by wrong things we have believed in the past. There should be no chains of sin, nor of bitterness or unforgiveness. We’re not to be held back by what we were.

Because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Romans 8:21

13 Responses to “What’s it like to be truly free?”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant,

    is the Lord’s freeman:

    likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. You are bought with a price; be not the servants of men.
    (1Co 7:22-23)

    Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
    Gal 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
    Gal 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
    Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.
    Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
    Gal 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

    In regard to the SDA church : Where it says circumcision, read sabbath.

    Christ shall profit you nothing if you are justified by keeping the sabbath.

    Emil, circumcision was the law of God, right? As was keeping the sabbath, right? But if either is used to establish one’s own righteousness, then it becomes a YOKE OF BONDAGE.

    So, the SDA puts a yoke of bondage on people by telling them they can’t be saved unless they observe the sabbath. It’s the same as what the Galatians were teaching concerning circumcision.

    http://fleebabylon.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/answering-an-sda/#comment-211

  3. Natasa Says:

    Amen!

  4. mkayla Says:

    http://mkayla.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/inner-healing/#comment-3026

  5. mkayla Says:

    I put this on my blog because it fit right in with some conversation on inner healing. It also explains something I am dealing with right now. I needed to see that staring me in the face, I guess.

    Thanks again for speaking some truth into my life.

  6. ian vincent Says:

    Hi sis,

    On inner-healing: The Christian life is supposed to be a relationship to Jesus, not a relationship with your therapist, eh. So it’s not surprising that when people barely know Jesus that they run to therapists. Inner-healers are just Christian therapists.

    So, is Jesus a therapist? He is certainly THE HEALER, and the only healer, and that’s a million times better than a therapist.

    I think the issue is FREEDOM, not trying to “get healed”. If you are FREE, then you ARE healed. He who the Son sets free is free indeed.

    And, if you continue in my word then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

    Progressive.

    This shows the THOROUGH dealings of the LORD in His disciples.

    There’s a big difference between His dealings with us as we walk with Him, and going to a Christian therapist for help, who will have his own ideas about what we need to deal with, and also his own schedule for dealing with them. The therapist takes the place of the Holy Spirit. (and this is true with many facets of christendom, where man takes the place of God in peoples lives)

    Its important to note that just bcos someone claims therapy “helped them” it doesn’t make it right.

    ——————————————

    Some observations about “inner-healing”:

    – It is often the route people take when they have refused to obey God. It gives them the second “option” of being healed without personally obeying the Word of God.

    – It often keeps peoples pride intact. A way to get healing without the humiliation of dealing with one’s rebellion against God.

    – People with this mind-set tend to think that when we give people the Scriptures we are being cruel and insensitive to their wounded condition. This actually REVEALS the REAL problem: they have a problem with God. The therapist “helps” them to get past this “blockage”.

  7. ian vincent Says:

    Here’s just a little bit of logic:

    How does one KNOW that there is something in their life they need to deal with?

    Does this knowing come from others?

    The LORD may use someone else, but the KNOWING can only come from the indwelling Holy Spirit.

    Now, if the Holy Spirit has alerted you that there is something in your life you need to deal with, why would He awaken you to the matter AND NOT GIVE YOU THE WAY OUT? – instruction as to what you should do, now that you are aware of the sin? He doesn’t do that.

    And, it is ONLY sin we need to deal with, not feelings, per se. If my feelings are sin, then the Holy Spirit, by the Truth of God’s Word, shows me what i should do.

  8. mkayla Says:

    I agree with you. You’ve read my take on inner healing!
    Blessings

  9. ian vincent Says:

    Blessings to you too, dear sister, in Jesus mighty name.

    ———————————————————-

    The Holy Spirit convicts/convinces of sin.

    Any such conviction is specific.

    So, a person comes to you for inner-healing.

    You ask, Which sin is the Holy Spirit convicting you of?

    He/she says, Oh, no sin.

    You ask, Then why do you need healing if there is no sin to repent of?

    He/she says, I feel bad, i feel depressed about my past and i’ve been hurt.

    You ask, So people have hurt you?

    He/she says, Yes.

    You ask, Have you forgiven them?

    He/she says, Yes, but……..

    You ask, But what? So you really haven’t forgiven them?

    The person is in a dilemma now. They were hoping they could avoid facing the truth. They want to feel better inside and have peace, without facing the humiliating truth that they don’t want to forgive those who’ve hurt them.

    Inner-healing offers them a way to feel better about themselves without facing the truth of their sin.

  10. ian vincent Says:

    Therefore, the person who is seeking inner-healing, does so bcos they don’t understand what their actual problem is, nor the solution.

  11. ian vincent Says:

    If you continue in my word then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

    It’s a JOURNEY INTO FREEDOM.

    Christ’s rule in our hearts and minds increases until there is nothing in us that is not submitted to His rule, and where He rules there is peace.

    We need to be renewed in our minds to the truth, that the only problem we could have is if we were unwilling to submit any part of our life to Jesus.

    FREEDOM FROM OUR OLD MAN. Freedom from our flesh.

    Our tongue is unruly, but Christ promises us freedom from being ruled by our tongue, or our thoughts, or from anger etc..

    In our early years in Christ we can make so many bad responses in certain situations bcos we don’t have the maturity to respond as we should. If we are not free, in ourselves, we won’t respond the right way, when we are put on the spot.

    I can think of many times in my early years where a quiet word of wisdom could have defused so many volatile situations. Instead, i poured fuel on the fire. I wasn’t free enough, in myself, to lead others into freedom.

    This is a big subject, has huge implications today.

  12. ruthsongs Says:

    “If we are not free, in ourselves, we won’t respond the right way, when we are put on the spot.”

    I cannot begin to say how true this is in my life and how the Holy Spirit uses this to make me see the truth. A wise man once told me, “we tell on ourselves.” Yes, indeed we do, and we need to pay attention to those times/places/situations when our response puts the finger on something we need to repent of and get free.

    It is a process of getting our minds renewed, but that process starts with repentence-recognizing our thinking is wrong.

  13. ian vincent Says:

    we need to pay attention to those times/places/situations when our response puts the finger on something we need to repent of and get free.

    It is a process of getting our minds renewed, but that process starts with repentence-recognizing our thinking is wrong.

    Excellent. Thanks.

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