There’s a difference between living in a free country and living with freedom in our heart. Freedom, as taught from the Scriptures, is more than the ability to worship, vote, travel, or choose our own career. The Bible teaches us that freedom on the inside starts with truth. Jesus declared, “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32). In my devotions, I am reading through the Book of Judges. This book is so named because God raised up “judges” to help the Israelites break free from self-imposed defeat. When the Israelites first entered the Promised Land under Joshua, they served the Lord. But, as time went by, they became careless and treated sin and disobedience to God as “no big deal.” They didn’t set their heart to know God or seek Him.
“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the Lord to anger… in his anger against Israel, the Lord handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist” (Judges 2:10-15).
Slavery follows sin! Jesus said, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). Here in America we do not find ourselves at the mercy of other countries who would like to harm us. However, we choose to destroy ourselves from within by ignoring God and promoting things which He abhors. As believers, we live in the world, but cannot be like the world. In truth we are a “counter-cultural” movement, and we value what God says above all else. We all serve something in life, and a life without God serves the sinful nature and ends up in the worst kind of bondage: addiction to sin. Pursue Jesus and stay free! Then, you will be able to help others find the way to freedom.
Pastor Mark Boucher