The C3 July theme is “Celebrating Freedom” as we celebrate Independence Day and the freedom we enjoy as citizens of the United States. When I ponder the thought of freedom, I am quickly drawn into a state of gratitude for my Heavenly Father that created me to be free and to enjoy my relationship with Him.
When we realize our Creator gave us a free will to make choices, and the freedom to walk in the benefit or consequence of our choices, we quickly realize that freedom was our Creators idea.
Freedom – God’s Idea
I recently spoke at a God in the Workplace breakfast on the topic of “Walking in the Spirit.” Through the development of this presentation, I explored the barriers that can restrict the fullness of the Holy Spirit in my life. This study took me back to Genesis to identify seven human needs our Heavenly Father placed within man. One of these needs is freedom and boundaries. In Genesis 2:16 “the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Adam was given the freedom to make a right choice and eat from any tree in the garden, except for one tree, and he made a wrong choice that allowed sin to enter the world. God is the author of freedom, and He allows blessings and curses depending on our choices. Deuteronomy 28:1,15, “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.”
Knowing God’s Word and applying this Truth to our lives will help us to make good choices and walk in the freedom we have been granted to understand the blessings and curses that are available to us. Freedom has a high price, and making good choices is paramount to a prosperous relationship with God.
Walking in Freedom
Our Heavenly Father created us to be free and walk in the freedom He created for us. Just like Adam, we can make wrong choices that place us in bondage and prevent us from experiencing the life we were created to enjoy. We live in the greatest country on earth, but we can be bound by the chains that can keep us in prison.
In order to experience true freedom and walk in this freedom, there are two critical elements that I have learned on my journey. The first is an understanding of our identity, who our Creator created us to be. The second is an intimate relationship with our Creator. He created us to be in relationship with Him, and for us to experience the fullness of life He created for us as we walk closely with Him.
When we begin to understand the freedom He created us to walk in, we can apply Jeramiah 29:11-13 to our lives, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Our Heavenly Father has the plan, but we must do our part to pray, seek Him with all of our heart, and eliminate any barriers that prevent us from walking in this freedom.
Celebrate Your Freedom
As we celebrate our freedom as a nation on Independence Day, lets clothe ourselves with a grateful heart. This gratitude is for the love of our Heavenly Father, the finished work of Jesus that allows us to come blamelessly before Him, and the gift of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to walk on this earth with freedom.
We wish you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration and it is an honor and privilege to be on this journey with you!
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.