“What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.” — Galatians 6:15
Through Jesus’ death on the cross, He provided complete freedom and victory from the captivity of our sins. What a transformation! Questions that I often ask myself and am passionate to see in others are, “Am I living like I’m free?” and “Does my life boast of the freedom and victory Christ died to give me?”
Recently, the Holy Spirit gave me some tangible insight through a book I’m reading, “Victory Over the Darkness: Realize the Power of Your Identity in Christ,” by Neil T. Anderson. He talks about the difference between “the spiritual person” (life in the Spirit) and “the fleshy person” (life in the flesh). The spiritual person reflects change generated by the spiritual birth. We then receive power from the Spirit and not from the flesh. The Fleshy person is identical to that of the spiritual person – “a Christian, spiritually alive in Christ and declared righteous by God. But the similarity ends there. Instead of being directed by the Spirit, this believing person chooses to follow the impulses of their flesh. As a result, their emotions are plagued by negative feelings. Though freed to walk in the Spirit and produce the fruit of the Spirit, they continue to willfully walk after the flesh. When they do this, they are not operating in the manner God created them to.” (Neil T. Anderson)
This had become my experience. The more I read, the clearer it became that I was trying to live parts of my life out of my flesh and not with the Spirit’s power. It became increasingly clear, by the Holy Spirit’s gentle but certain conviction, that yielding to the flesh, instead of dying to it daily, made me more vulnerable in the areas of worry, insecurity and inadequacy. What became crystal clear was that I was living more out of my feelings than my faith. Living from a place of “feelings” does not bring freedom, only captivity. Jesus came and died so that we may live in the abundance of His freedom, which we inherit when we come into relationship with Him.
Jesus came to set us free and to live a transformed life! Living free is allowing the truth of God’s Word to permeate every area of our life:
We are new creations! “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
We are freed through Jesus’ blood! “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7
We are free from condemnation! “There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
We are free and filled with the power of Jesus! “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” Romans 8:11
These are the truths that I desire to boast in, and this is the life I desire to live with the power of the Holy Spirit. “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3
Are there areas you struggle with where you are yielding more to the flesh than to the Spirit? Do you find yourself leaning more on your feelings than your faith? Jesus wants to set you free!
Jesus has given us everything we need to live free. May we boast in nothing else than the freedom He has graciously given to us, and in doing so may we live like it’s true!
Our God hears,