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Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 2:39:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

A challenge for me in recent years has been to learn to walk in spiritual freedom, trusting in God's grace. This is not, of course, freedom to sin. It's freedom to rest in God's incredible love for me rather than spending my energy in religious obedience, measuring my worth by my pursuit of God and my own personal holiness. The reality is that God pursues us, to which we respond, and when Jesus comes into our lives, we are as holy as we'll ever be. Hard to believe, isn't it?

The key verse for me in all of this has been Galatians 5:1:

"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you
stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law"
(New Living Translation)

My pursuit of freedom has intensified this year through studying the Bible, reading a variety of books, and interacting with friends who are also pursuing spiritual freedom. One of these friends asked me this in a recent email: "What are some key things that made it click with you as it relates to walking in freedom, grace and liberty?"

As I responded, I came up with a list of 12 or so items that have helped me along the path towards freedom. These items will be the subjects of my upcoming blog posts.

As I introduce these posts, I'm reminded that spiritual freedom does not come easily and is worth fighting for. Much of our parental upbringing, our insecurities, and our religious experiences fight against true spiritual freedom. Too often, we live our lives with a mixture of law and grace, which hampers walking in freedom.
My favorite movie clip is from Braveheart, a 1995 historical drama starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a
13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. Though the quotes below don't capture the film's intensity, they're still powerful:

"'I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men.
And free men you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?'

'Two thousand against ten?' the veteran shouted. 'No! We will run -- and live!'

'Yes!' Wallace shouted back. 'Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take...OUR FREEDOM?'"
God desires that we live in spiritual freedom. Our enemy wants to place us under bondage, especially religious bondage, taking our eyes off grace. Will you continue your fight for freedom in your own life? To do so requires a clear understanding of God. My next post, "A
Tale of Two Gods," may help.
Good article Doug we need to talk Love ya John
John lee @ 6:58:00 PM 10/4/2013

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