Bishop Berrian – Walking in Freedom

Walking in Freedom

What is freedom?

Freedom is defined as the state of being free. It is the ability to exercise a choice or freewill. To most rational people, freedom means more than just “free to do whatever they want’. Taken literally, that methodology produces a society without a publicly enforced government or political authority. People would do whatever they want to do and make their decisions, free from the law of God or the rules of the society. This often causes a multitude of people to commit sin.

Types of Freedom

Throughout history, several cultures and traditions have had many concepts of what freedom is, and within our own tradition, the definition meaning has never stopped to change. The concept of freedom is multifaceted, and it is indeed difficult to find the exact meaning of freedom. There are four essential human freedoms – freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in his own way, freedom from fear, and freedom from want.

What does the bible tell us about Walking in Freedom?

Indeed freedom does mean the right to do as one pleases to think, to speak, to worship, and normally act as you choose. Although freedom gives us the capacity to use our freewill, we need to understand that there is a danger inherent in this freedom if we abuse it or use it in a wrong way. The misuse of freedom brings downfall so one must have a divine purpose in using it.

There are so many passages in the bible that teaches us how to walk with freedom. True freedom is the freedom to celebrate God’s love and live a complete and happy life. You can obtain this when you walk in the freedom that God offers by loving and serving others.

Galatians 5:13

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).

Walking in Freedom from Guilt

God teaches us to walk in freedom. However, there are some people who could not enjoy their freedom because of their bygone negative experiences or wickedness in the past. Thus, your sinful habits in the past will create some destructive emotions such as guilt and shame. Guilt is a negative feeling that thwarts anyone to walk in freedom; instead, it allows anyone to walk with boulders or something difficult in their hearts.

Guilt makes us feel miserable. It also produces other negative feelings such as angry or sad concerning something that we have done in the past. If you nurture this feeling, it produces a feeling of shame until you will hate yourself because of your past mistakes. You cannot live happily and enjoy your life because you keep on holding to the memories of your past. Shame becomes the root of low self-esteem and this can give a lot of negative effects in every relationship. Anyone who experiences the pain of shame can have the pattern of avoiding social interactions. Shame can be a cause of complete loneliness and isolation.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

This passage encourages us to stop putting our self to our past mistakes. We need to leave all the regrets of our past. We have to release the past pains and memories so that joy can enter into our hearts.

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Whatever mistakes or guilt from the past let it go and move forward. Let God restore you. Don’t let your guilt of disease affect your body. The only way to remove the stain of your past is to move forward and do greater things in God.

Jeremiah 31:4

I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful.

Whatever we have gone through in our life, God is building something good and big things for us. Let’s make our burden becomes a blessing and our wickedness as our strength.

God is promising that He will build up His son who is suffering upon His secure foundation. When anyone submits himself to the Lord and casts all burdens on Him, He will take His responsibility to build him up without ceasing. God will renew every mind and heart those who meditate on His word. The Lord will rebuild us from the time we surrender yourself to the Lord and ask our sincere.

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  • Naomi Hanna

    What a powerful word of blessing!!!! Keep up the great work, Heaven will surely be worth it all.

    • 8:46 am - November 14, 2016

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