Yes, even the words to America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” remind us that we are blessed to live in the “land of the free.” However, when these words were originally penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814, many slaves were not free. This is still true today. Oh yes, we are free to vote, free to work and free not to work, free to love and free to hate, free to voice our opinions, and free to remain silent. We all experience many freedoms in our country, however, all these years later many hearts are still bound in chains of slavery.
I became a Christian at the age of 9, and rededicated my life to the Lord in 1983. This was the year I married my husband, David, and we began a true walk with the Lord. By that, I mean, becoming involved with church and consistent study of God’s Word. You know, when we learn “The Truth” and actually live it out, it makes us free (John 8:31-32). I thought I was truly free, but we werejust beginning to really live in the land of the free. Yes, I had experienced freedom from guilt over my sin, many bad habits and several strongholds. However, in 1994, after the tragic murder of my brother, my freedom journey led to some roads less traveled for sure. Driving along the long road of grief in this new wilderness land of my soul opened my eyes of faith to more vision and new horizons where God’s “freeway of love” desired to guide me. To this day, this heart and mind is still on her “breaking free freedom journey.”
“I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” Psalm 119:45
Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we are free of every form of bondage. Yes, Christ has freed us from the debt of our sin, however, there is so much more freedom God has for us to walk in. Living in America, we clearly see this. The American dream has led to many being overcome with greed and debt. The freedom of choice has led to many lives being taken or abused, and many addicted to alcohol and drugs, pornography, and the list goes on.
“They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” 2 Peter 2:19
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.
Freedom involves more than the land we live in physically. Freedom is a “state.” It’s not just a state of mind either, although the mind is involved. Above all, it is the state of our hearts.
Are we truly living in the land of the free? Are we freely possessing the PROMISED LAND that God desires for us?
Am I living in the land of:
or… Am I living in the land of:
- GOD GIVEN IDENTITY
Many people don’t even relate freedom with Christianity at all. However, it’s in fully surrendering to the real founding Father of Freedom that we take possession of the most beautiful place anywhere on earth. Our Father, who is Love, frees us to be the beautiful ones He created us to be.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17), and as God’s Spirit is alive within us, we can live in the land of the free no matter where we reside on this earth.
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free…” Galatians 5:1
“For you have been called to live in freedom my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
MAY WE ALL TRAVEL ON THE FREEWAY OF GOD’S LOVE THAT LEADS TO THE HEAVENLY DESTINATION OF FOREVER LIVING IN THE LAND OF THE FREE.
Jennifer Morrow is a dance teacher at a non-profit, Christ centered studio. She has been walking with the Lord for 35 years. She loves to pray, dance, laugh and study The Bible. She leads a Bible study group entitled, “Joy No Matter What!” and practices writing at.
Thank you for writing with Breath on Paper Jennifer. ❤