Are you free?

Jeremiah 17:5-8 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord . They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

It makes sense that when our hope and confidence is in God we aren’t as deeply affected by the events of the world. Ultimately, everything we see will fail, will let us down, will break down, will pass away. Everything we know of, all humanity and mankind was created, created by the Creator, to exist as part of a fallen world. Like sojourners passing through, not as residents. None of it was made to last forever as we know it. God made us in His image, and gave us eternal souls, but life as we know it now is temporary, here today and gone tomorrow. The things that seem so important now, will someday be a forgotten memory. The things we work so hard for and sacrifice so much to have will end up being absolutely insignificant. That is why God’s Word tells us over and over to focus on Him, abide in Him, build our life in Him.

The current events of the world are impacting each one of us, to some degree. It is forcing us to realizing that we aren’t in control, we don’t have our lives under control. But the truth is, we never have. We are witnessing a spiritual truth in the physical world. We have never been in control of anything, we are but slaves, at the mercy of our world.

But God always has been in control and always will be.

All we have control over in this life is who we belong to, who we give ourselves to. Jesus or Self?

Do you belong to God as an adopted son or daughter saved and secured by the blood of Jesus Christ, or do belong to yourself as a slave to this world? Remember, you aren’t even allowed to go the movie theater or out to eat right now. Do you really feel secure in your own authority, do you really feel free? When we look at the reality of it, there is no security anywhere except for in the shade of everlasting Lord.

Psalms 91:1-4
The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say concerning the Lord , who is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust: He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with his feathers; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

We know this virus will pass, eventually. But not until many get sick, some pass away and others suffer in fear. We will regain some physical freedom. However, will we never be truly free as long as we live disconnect from God. Our worldly freedom is fragile, our authority over our own life is subjective. There is only one place to gain freedom, there is only one place to put your hope and confidence. And that is in Jesus.

If you desire a surpassing freedom, not based on your physical location, but true freedom based on your identity, you must look to Jesus Christ.

John 8:31-32,34-36
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus responded, “Truly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.

Who do you belong to?

Stay anchored and unhindered in Christ.