“God gave us life, gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people whose liberties are a gift from God.” Thomas Jefferson
“For you have been called to live in Freedom: Galations 5:13
The true liberty of my soul occurred when I discovered the truth in becoming my authentic person, living in the reality of whose I am, in Christ.
Liberty occurs when I can speak truthfully in a loving and compassionate way, expressing my values and promoting those things that I have found make a difference in my life, serving beyond my own self, giving of myself to others, making a qualitative difference in their lives, through reaching outward from my own life.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ” Martin Luther King Jr.
In following the footsteps of the One who modeled the type of truths known in scriptures, freedom is not taking on the mindset of the world. Freedom happens when I do not clutter my thoughts or clog my heart in bitter roots bearing resentments, or wrong attitudes towards others.
In my opinion, Freedom is not becoming entangled in conversations that are full of hate speech, full of hostility, full of anger, full of attacking others, or full of evil intentions and wicked schemes towards others.
Freedom is having a clear mind and a clean heart before God. God sees all, knows all, and He is in every one of my conversations. He knows the hidden thoughts I carry inside my head. He sees each action and deed I do, whether it is done behind closed doors or openly before others.
Freedom is choosing to not be caught up in the way the world combats and competes with others. Freedom is making choices in how I live and how I live interconnected with the shared humanity of the people in my own neighborhood, those in my community, those I encounter in my travels.
“Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Victor Frankel
True Freedom occurs when I am able to remain steadfast to those attributes that God’s holiness has imparted in me and in not becoming enslaved or held down, or subjected to another person/leader/pastor in pressuring me to do life as they do life, to think like they do, or even to believe like they do.
When I am a practitioner of the ways of God and in having a bit of understanding of who He is in us, and who I am in Him, this foundation allows me to build a spiritual mindset as I develop a deeper spiritual practice gaining wisdom and insight into His ways.
When I dig into the rich resources found in the Holy Spirit living, the Spirit is who becomes my source empowering me to live faithfully in whose I am, clothing my inner realm in the character of God; peace, steadfastness, patience, discipline, kindness, tenderness, compassion, caring, and the greatest, love.
Freedom is learning to let go of those things that hinder me from marching to the drum of my inner voice, the Spirit of God, who calls me to stretch my own thoughts and attitudes, embracing others, whose differences cause me to expand and extend ways of being in this journey on this earth with all other humans; regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, title or religion.
Freedom is standing in the gap and being a voice for the voiceless, being a bridge with the hopeless, being an advocate for those unable, and being the love God gifted to us and placed inside us to give away His love to all those we meet in this earthly pilgrimage.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free….” Luke 4:18
Freedom is not oppressing others. Freedom is not subjugating others or forcing others to take on my belief system or the way I do things. Freedom is not taking advantage of another person.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Freedom allows for choices and decisions based on Spirit-led guidance and these choices are not ones that others place on me or force on me through manipulation, personal agenda’s, or another persons’ gain.
Freedom has in place boundaries of what and/or how I allow others to impact my life.
Freedom is knowing I will make mistakes, allowing myself to fail, confessing my own limitations and weaknesses and walking as the frail human being I am in carrying the divinity of the Christ nature who enters into my own inability so His ability becomes the reality in my everyday ordinary living out of my faith.
Freedom is an internal state of mind in having a life perspective based on the ability to make decisions of my own will and not ones that are being dictated to me by any church, person, organization, political party, etc.
God birthed in me free will in having the ability to choose His ways. God never forces anyone to come to Him. God never uses ulterior motives or hidden agendas. God never responds to us in demeaning ways. God never name calls or harasses us. God never leaves our side, even when we leave His. God never goes back on His word. God’s character never changes.
If we have freedom in Christ, then we have the ability in the Holy Spirit, who gives us a supernatural power, to walk in the ways of love; ridding ourselves of thoughts, attitudes and behaviors that tear down or abuse, as they are not Godly character traits beholding of us who call ourselves Christians.
Freedom is being God Hearts of love. Love is our true liberator.
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” Unknown
When we choose the loving way, which is the Christ way, we become His healing agents in this world, placing His holy balm upon human hearts, touching them with His mercy, opens opportunities, and we become the human bridges closing the divide that separates, leading ourselves and others in the ways or peace.
Freedom is when I am learning to be in my internal response towards others, more gentle, tender, compassionate, empathetic, kind, and walk in a way that shows forth the love that has been embedded in me from this union of the Godhead, in whose Spirit I have been given abundant life.
Freedom is when my mind is free, liberated from the oppression of others dictating to me what I must think, how I must behave, or what I must do, etc.
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” Mahatma Gandhi
We are able to learn from those who forged new paths of understanding, then we realize the meaning in the words and the concepts of living this out in our lives, then we have come into a true liberation and freedom of our souls as we integrate these new ways into our own repertoire, moving us into becoming visionaries of our day.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.” – Mother Teresa