"WALK IN FREEDOM!"
Written and preached by David P. Nolte
We have all been given gifts that were weird, seemingly useless, and
were certainly undesirable. But, on the other hand, we have been given
some wonderful gifts as well. A little girl in a school for the blind was
considered too dull and stupid to be taught anything. She was overlooked
by her teachers, ignored by her peers and endured a depressed and lonely
existence. One day a lady visitor asked if there were any special children
she could help in any way. A kind nurse said, "Perhaps you could give that
poor little girl over there a coin. She has never had any money of her
own." The kind lady went to the little blind girl and spoke to her. Then
she placed a 5 cent piece in her hand much to the little one's joy and
pleasure. It was a gift of love. In much the same way we have been given
a precious gift: the gift of freedom. Our national liberty was purchased
with the blood, sweat and tears of countless veterans. Our spiritual freedom
was purchased with the blood, sweat and tears of Jesus Christ. Since we
are doubly free: free as Americans and free in Christ, let us walk in freedom.
That carries with it some implications. To walk in freedom is demanding.
Consider what it means to walk in freedom. We have been given a wonderful
The little girl could hardly believe it! She had a 5 cent piece and she
cherished it. Each day she planned some fresh way of spending it. Sometime
she'd keep it with her; sometimes she'd stash it away in some secret place.
But she always knew where it was and she was never careless with it. She'd
never had a coin before and she was determined not to lose this one or
have it stolen. We ought to take that kind of care of our freedom. We ought
to remember how fragile it is; we ought to recall how often we take freedom
for granted; we ought to keep alert, vigilant, sober, and cautious in keeping
our freedom. We have been given a wonderful gift and:
OUR FREEDOM OUGHT TO BE GREATLY
Think about and appreciate the cost! Freedom is no cheap thing. It was
purchased at a dear price!
Regarding our National Liberty:
Our founding fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to
pursue freedom. Some were tortured, hanged and had their homes plundered
Our veterans forfeited home, comfort, personal plans, convenience and frequently
their lives to purchase freedom. We have received that gift.
However much we appreciate and value that temporal, earthly freedom, there
is yet a greater freedom to value! Think about the cost attached to that
We often forget what Jesus endured: rejection, ridicule, personal attacks,
his sweat, tears, mental, physical and spiritual anguish.
We forget His humiliation and suffering: "And being found in appearance
as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death
on a cross!" Philippians
Freedom: a wonderful gift! We are free because others paid the price! We
are free because others gave all they had to give. And we ought to greatly
The little blind girl guarded her 5 cent piece carefully. One day it was
announced that Bibles in braille were going to be purchased for another
blind school so the children there could learn to read God's Word. The
little girl went to the nurse and gave her the cherished 5 cent piece to
help pay for the Bibles in braille. The nurse protested, "But you don't
have to give your only coin! Why not let me change it and give you 3 cents
back? That way you can help but not give all of your money!" The little
girl remained firm: "I have never been able to give anything before, and
I want to give it all!" She wanted to channel her blessing to bless someone
else; she wanted to guide her precious possession into the service of God
and others. She had been given a wonderful gift and wanted to use it unselfishly.
We have been given a wonderful gift and:
OUR FREEDOM OUGHT TO BE GUARDED
Note verse 1
again: "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 (NIV). Freedom
can be neglected, taken for granted and lost! America has no iron clad
claim to freedom; even now freedom is being eroded and the rights of those
in the wrong often prevail over the rights of those in the right!
It is crucial to guard our national liberties! Here's some ideas about
how to guard our National Liberty:
Practice the fundamentals of good citizenship:
Exercise your right to vote, and vote intelligently and morally.
Express yourself rationally to the legislators of our country.
Follow the Biblical admonition to pray for those in governmental positions.
Some of you might even serve in public office and be salt and light in
Remain faithful to the Living God!
Remember that Israel's liberty and their faithfulness were inextricably
connected. For instance, we read in 2
Kings 17:6- 8 (NIV): "In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king
of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He
settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in the towns of
the Medes. All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against
the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the
power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods and followed
the practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before them, as well
as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced."
How true it is:
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his
inheritance. Psalms 33:12
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs
so, forget the circuit court whackos! Give them a black robe and a wooden
hammer and they think they can just write God out of the Pledge of Allegiance!
They can try, but I'll still say it!
But what holds true for our earthly freedom, holds true for our freedom
in Christ. It must be guarded vigilantly.
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is
willing, but the body is weak." Matthew
"Be self©controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1
Peter 5:8 (NIV).
"We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard,
so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding,
and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how
shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?" Hebrews
Freedom is fragile and we ignore it at our own peril. We are free and ought
to guard that vigilantly!
Jesus calls us to His freedom. Freedom from ignorance, superstition, sin,
and death. "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their
humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power
of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were
held in slavery by their fear of death." Hebrews
2:14-15 (NIV). Jesus
said, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John
8:32 (NIV). He
said, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John
8:36 (NIV). Be
free in Christ. It is to that freedom we invite you. The free life is one
lived for Jesus Christ. The life worth living is the life lived for Christ.
You can begin to do so today. As we sing our song, it is a song of commitment
to live for Christ. Are you living for Him? If not, begin to do so today
as we sing.
OUR FREEDOM OUGHT TO BE GUIDED VIRTUOUSLY:
Hear verse 13
again: "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom
to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love." Compare
"Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;
live as servants of God." 1
Peter 2:16 (NIV).
"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" Romans
Remember that there is a vast difference between license and liberty!
Excess, unrestrained indulgence in the name of freedom, with no sense of
responsibility, or accountability!
Abuse and contempt for any restrictions of law or interference by others.
Freedom abridged for the safety and well being of society.
The right to move about and choose and act but within parameters which
curtail offense or injury to others.
Real liberty is not the right to do or say whatever we want with no regard
to its impact upon the rights and needs and feelings of others. It is not
the right to gratify every whim, fulfill every passion, or just do what
is right in our own eyes with no regard of God or man!
Hear the wise man on that: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but
in the end it leads to death." Proverbs
So, guide your freedom God's way and find life; go your own way, reckless
and with abandon, and it will lead to death. Freedom: a wonderful gift
to be guided virtuously.
Story from Knight, New Illustrations
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