Thursday, February 19, 2009

Uprsing: Freedom

As I mentioned in my first post about Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, this book is all about freedom: freedom from pride, greed, and foolishness. Below are some notes on the subject.

The Need for Freedom
We long to be alive, but we don't know how to be. With all the choices and options we have, we haven't really found freedom. We have pursued self-indulgence which has only yielded death and slavery to these pleasures.

Christ Is About Setting Us Free
  • "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." (Galatians 5:1)
  • "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)
  • "Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Living In Freedom
Just because we have freedom, doesn't mean we live freely. Adam and Eve have the whole garden with no physical boundaries, yet they're hanging out by the one tree God told them no to. Don't we behave similarly? Paul understood that having freedom doesn't mean we're living in freedom when he wrote: "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love" (Galatians 5:13).

Just because we have opportunities, doesn't mean we have freedom. For example, I may be given the opportunity o perform for a large audience, but that doesn't mean I'm able to if I haven't been disciplined and practiced how to play. Discipline is key for living in freedom. Discipline is a way we come into the equation for spiritual growth. Hard work and sacrifice are required to become like Christ.

Freedom For Me Personally
There is not much besides God that I fear. I feel free and uninhibited to be myself, but my choices do entagle me. Responsibilities can hold me back from spontaneity with God. New creation must still occur within me.

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