Celebrating true freedom on the 4th

Until we’re no longer in bondage to controlling thoughts, desires, and emotions, we’re not fully free. The freedom to be controlled and dominated by desires isn’t freedom at all. When desire replace logic and self-control, freedom disappears.

If we proudly boast about our freedom, we can become a prisoner of arrogance. True freedom isn’t about proclaiming freedom. It’s about living a lifestyle that keeps you free from bondage to thoughts, feeling, and desires.

True freedom isn’t being allowed to do what you want to do. It’s having the courage and strength to do what you ought to do. When someone’s mind is in much bondage, our society say that they are free. It says that they have mental health issues.

When people pursue freedom by ignoring their conscience and renouncing moral boundaries, they stumble into bondage. True freedom is the courage to follow your conscience instead of your desires. The purpose of the human conscience is to guide us to freedom and to warn us when we’re being entrapped by bondage. Freedom of conscience demands that no one should feel compelled to or forced to approve of or to applaud other people’s choices.

Guilt is the alarm
That warns us
When we are
In the process
Of losing
Our inner freedom.

No matter how loudly
People claim a right
To do what’s not right,
Their clamor doesn’t
Make it morally right.

The greatest threat
To my freedom
Is self-focus
Because it entangles me
In the tiny world
Of myself.

The force God uses to change human hearts and behaviors isn’t coercion; it’s love! You can choose bondage to self or freedom in Christ, but you can’t have both. Faith is far more powerful than pride. Pride looks to self and its feeble strength. Faith looks to God and His glorious power.

Jesus said: “The truth will set you free.” The more we twist the truth (or support those who do), the less freedom we have. The greatest freedom day of my life is the day that I was inwardly changed by the risen Jesus.

My favorite fireworks
Are the ones
The living Jesus
Continually ignites
In my heart.
There’s no freedom
Like the inner freedom
That Jesus freely gives
To all who will
Daily surrender
To His will.

When I focus
On the living Jesus
My personal concerns
Are dwarfed by His presence
And they no longer
Imprison me.

The more I make
And demonstrate
A declaration
Of dependence on Jesus
The freer I am.

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No earthly thing that we celebrate can ever compare with the infinite glory of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Here are two thoughts from the prophet Isaiah: “‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.'” And: “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; He weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.”

When any stage of human life is continually proclaimed to be disposable, no human life is truly safe or fully free.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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