2 Corinthians 3:15-18
“But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
This week, the Lord has really impressed on my heart the concept of “liberty.”
Whenever I hear “liberty,” my mind instantly goes back to July 4th celebrations with loud and colorful fireworks popping in an indigo sky. I think of grand gatherings with hundreds of people, cups of sweet tea, and extraordinarily humid air even after the sun has set.
That is the direct and immediate association that liberty evokes in my mind.
Well, for America July 4th represents the day we declared we were free from the oppression of another nation’s government. We were no longer going to sit idly by and allow our lives to be determined by an entity that didn’t care at all for our people.
We not only were declaring our independence from this bondage, but we were also taking an undeniable and firm stand against those who might dare to try and coerce us back into that state of destitution.
July 4th is a joyful day in which we rejoice in the reality that we are free!
And today I feel the Lord rekindling that same spirit of liberty within me. That spirit of Liberty that declares to the enemy “you have no place in my life! I am taking up arms to silence and stomp you.”
When we made the decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit came to reside within us. And as the verse in 2 Corinthians proclaims, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The Spirit of God dwells inside of us! Do you get that? I mean do you really grasp that?
Our shackles have been broken. Our yoke has been removed. Our hands are unbound. We have all the reason in the world to dance and celebrate!
So, why do we hang our heads as if we had no hope? Why do we allow our flesh and the enemy of our souls to suppress us with a captivity Christ freed us from?
Don’t you see? He died on Calvary and rose again so that we might live in His freedom! Christians should be the most joyful and gracious people, but often times we blend in on the streets.
That shouldn’t be the case, brothers and sisters! Today, I urge you and pray that the Lord might renew within you that spirit of liberty. Stomp the enemy back into the ground and march forward in the truth that Jesus Christ has liberated us!