It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
God gives us breakthrough, but it is up to us to steward what He has given us in order to maintain a pure and righteous lifestyle. As believers in Christ, we are called to walk in total freedom- freedom from sin and from shame, freedom to fulfill our God-given destinies and freedom to live in joyful communion with our heavenly Father.
I would like to share what I believe is the key to obtaining and maintaining such freedom in our personal lives: the Spirit of God and the Word of God together. We must be filled continually with His presence and also measure what we do, know and believe by Scripture.
be filled with the holy spirit
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
I have learned that it is absolutely essential to get into the presence of God every day. We must be filled with the Spirit of God so that we can walk not according to the desires of the flesh, but according to the desires of the Spirit (Romans 8:5). Galatians 5:16 says:
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
We cannot defeat our sinful nature in our own strength- we must allow the Spirit of God within us to destroy sin. Here’s how I get filled with the Holy Spirit every day:
- When I wake up in the morning, I ask the Holy Spirit to fill me afresh. Yesterday’s filling is not sufficient for today- we need to be continually filled!
- I come into the presence of the Lord through soaking worship, often with instrumental music. We’ve got to be “marinated” or “pickled” in His presence (a term derived from Ephesians 5:18 -“Do not be drunk on wine, but be filled with the Spirit”).
- “Soaking” means that I come to Him with no agenda of my own, but simply with the desire to receive what He has for me. During this time, I sometimes see visions, or receive specific words of strategy or correction from Him. We must learn to rest, receive and be still in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, we may not learn to hear Him over our own voices!
be immersed in the word of god
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
As human beings, we can only experience true freedom when we function within the good and holy boundaries set forth by Scripture. The Word of God is given to us as a plumb line so that we can build our foundations, so to speak, with a right understanding of truth. We extend grace and love to others, but we must always go back to the Bible. What does the Bible say about a Godly life? What does the Bible say about marriage and relationships? What does the Bible say about character? And so forth.
There’s an idea prevalent today that says: true freedom is doing whatever you want, without limit. But a few years ago, an experiment was done with school children where the fences around a playground were removed. You might imagine that the kids ran free, leaving the playground to play games in the streets. But actually, the contrary happened- the children became more reserved in their play, and when the fence was erected again, they returned to their old behavior of playing freely and joyfully, without fear.
The point is that as human beings we must have guidelines to give us true freedom. When we are living within the guidelines of our loving Father, we can live in freedom and abundance. Stay immersed in the Bible on a daily basis to set your compass straight and experience the freedom the Father has for you.
Psalm 115: 105 says:
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
The Word illuminates truth for us. And in knowing truth, we experience true freedom in Christ.
As we walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit but know the Word of God, we will walk in tremendous freedom. God intended for us to abide in Him in this way, to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24).
Here are some resources to help you go deeper in your walk with the Lord this week.
- We are all meant to encounter the living God. My book Close Encounters of the Divine Kind is about knowing Him personally.
- The Word is a weapon! Watch The Power of God’s Word to understand the necessity and power of Scripture on a deeper level.
- Reckless Devotion is a powerful devotional book you can read in your time with the Lord. Written by Rolland and Heidi Baker.