Free to Love

I AM FREE by the Newsboys:

Through You the blind will see
Through You the mute will sing
Through You the dead will rise
Through You all hearts will praise
Through You the darkness flees
Through You my heart screams, I am free!

I am free to run
I am free to dance
I am free to live for you
I am free

Freedom! There’s nothing like it. The enemy of our souls would love to shut us down by putting us in bondage, but too bad for him, Jesus came to set us free. And the enemy is no match for our King!

So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32, Amplified)

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. (John 8:36-37, KJV)

His Truth will set you free. In the Amplified Bible John 8:6 says when He sets you free “you are really and unquestionably free.” No question about it, you are free!

The whole Bible is the Truth. Today I want to share a little of that Truth and I believe it will help set you free from those things that have tried to hang on. Your part is to make a place for His Word in your heart and in your life. I like what one minister says, he says “Make the word of God final authority in your life.”

The truth is you are righteous if you have accepted Jesus into your heart.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV)

He was made sin and you were made righteous. You are in right standing with God here and now and nothing is going to change that! He took your sin and gave you His righteousness! One minister says, “In life I got an F, but Jesus got an A. I got His report card!” (Leif Hetland, You Were Created for Love)

How did you become righteous?

But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and Prophets. Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe… He Himself is righteous and… He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-22,26; Amplified)

You were made righteous by your faith in Jesus! Nothing more, nothing less.

You were forgiven of all your sins and your enemy has been defeated. Your enemy is a hasbeen!

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:13-14, KJV)

He forgave you of your sins and He “cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us.” He also “disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them” in Christ by the work of the cross! (Colossians 2:13-14, Amplified)

Your enemy has been defeated and disarmed!

Two more truths to set you free.

Giving thanks to the Father… [Who] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, In Whom we have redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins. (Colossians 1:12-14, KJV & Amplified)

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! (1 John 4:18, Amplified)

Because He loved you He sent His Son. Because of Love the Son died in your place and cleansed you of your sins and defeated your enemy. Because of His love He seated you in heavenly places, in Christ, far above all principalities and powers. You have been transferred from the dominion of darkness and into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. Now let His love run full course in your life. Humble yourself and submit yourself to God. Submit yourself to Love. Receive His Grace! Resist that defeated hasbeen, the devil, and he will flee from you in stark terror. (Jn 3:16; Eph1:21; Eph 2:4,6; James 4:6-7; James 4:7 )

Now you are free to love!

Submitted to Love

There is a very interesting verse in the Bible. It is 1 Peter 5:8.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour… (KJV)

Why does he have to seek? Because he can’t devour just anyone.

Another interesting scripture is James 4:7.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)

So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. (Amplified)

God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19, KJV). If He said that the enemy would flee when we submit to God then that’s exactly what will happen when we act on that scripture. And I have found that the way to do just that is to submit myself to the God Who is Love. To respond the way Love would respond. To do what Love would do in any given situation.

On January 2nd of this year, I wrote a post entitled Learning to Love. In it I describe how God worked on my heart towards an unkind person as I yielded to His Love and His direction. In the end I was changed and I looked more like Jesus, but that’s not all. The other person was changed as well. What if I had not yielded or submitted myself to God, to Love in this situation? Where would I be now? Where would this other individual be now?

The enemy’s ways are always to judge, reject and condemn. He is always trying to divide and conquer. He is the accuser of the brethren. (You can reject the sin without rejecting the person.) Had I continued to accuse this person, to reject this person, to judge and condemn this person, I would have placed myself outside of the protection and power of Love and into the hands of the enemy.

When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. (Ephesians 4:26-27, Amplified)

However, thank God (really, thanks to God), I chose to love instead of hate. I chose to act in faith instead of fear. I placed myself in line with Love and His ways and it brought about restoration, growth and reconciliation in a very difficult situation.

No matter what you are facing today I tell you Love is the way out. Submit to Him and the enemy will flee.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10, KJV)

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. (Psalm 91:14-16, KJV)