Galatians 5:13 (American Standard Version)
"For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use notyour freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another."
There has been a lot of talk about freedom lately. We have just celebrated Independence Day so that has been the big topic this week. Americans have talked about freedom of the good ole USA which I am very thankful for. The freedom of speech has been popular and my favorite subject, freedom of religion has been discussed in great detail.
Although it might seem strange, what has really been on my heart this week is freedom to do as we please! Yes, you heard me correctly, freedom to do anything we want!
When you think about it, we really don’t have to work. If we are able, that might not be the best suggestion. We don’t really have to diet. (I do admit, I strugglewith this one) We could eat anything our hearts desire but we might want to consider being healthy. After all it would be awesome to live long enough to go up in the rapture! We don’t even have to pay our bills. Everything would be cut off of course but we do have the freedom to stick a note in the mail that says… I O U!!! This might not be a wise thing to do so I really don’t think we should follow this advice either; however, choices are ours to make.
In the winter of 1999 I thought a great deal about my new found freedom to do anything I pleased. My former husband and I had separated, my heart was broken and my life was in shambles. My children and I lived in what I called a fancy little neighborhood. But even in the best of communities sin is present. I saw it all the time. Mother’s having affairs leaving their children on the back burner, going to clubs, putting themselves first. Mid-Life-Crisis Dads, driven by greed and image. Importance was put on of having a convertible sports car, being in the best school system and having the nicest house on the block. Parents that were too scared of how others would view them if they put their foot down and demanded who their children were with and where they were going in their new BMW’s. I thought, is this really the life style a single mom should live?
I remember that sad day clearly. I called my mom in Texas, told her that everything I ever loved was walking out the door, hung up the phone and ran. Yes, I ran and ran in the freezing cold rain. I remember stopping at a new house that was not completed and was under construction. That very day is where the Lord began to teach me that I had complete freedom to do as I pleased! Freedom to trust and rely fully on God.Freedom to be the Christian adult and live a Godly example. Freedom to be honest, humble and call on God in my time of trouble. My daughters will tell you that their Mother is no saint but they will also tell you that I took by force my freedom in Christ to continue raising them in a Godly home.
Standing up in Christian freedom might not seem easy but I will testify that it was well worth it for me. God comforted my hurting heart that cold, stormy afternoon. That very day is where I made a simple stand to be free. Free to teach my children right from wrong. Free to instill the values of honesty and integrity. Free to make a difference! You, my friend have the same freedom also. Freedom to be strong in any circumstance. Free to say no to the world and yes to Christ! BE HAPPY!!! BE FREE!!!
This devotional was written with a seed of faith in love. Please share your thoughts. You may be the very person that God will use to change someone’s life.
Much joy and love;
Pamela Britt Malone