None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. Goethe
Ultimately we know deeply that on the other side of every fear is a freedom. Marilyn Ferguson
Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost
Let us consider two aspects of freedom: free mentally and inwardly and free physically and outwardly. In some ways they are exclusive of each other and in others ways they are dependent upon each other.
In a democracy, we are basically unrestrained physically and outwardly; meaning we are free to choose our destinies. In a dictatorship a person is not free to pursue their own destiny. They are under the control of the state. There are limits even in a democracy; we are governed by laws that restrict our freedoms in various ways.
All people have a basic opportunity to practice mental freedom whether living in a democracy or under tyranny or oppression. The state can place physical restraints upon us; it cannot readily place restraints on our freedom of thought. In order for a person to have maximum potential to achieve their destiny, they should be free physically (outwardly) and mentally (inwardly). This is total freedom.
Let us consider inner freedom. It does not come ‘free and easy.’ It requires constant vigilance to be free and to maintain this emancipation. We are born with ‘talents and abilities and our raw intelligence. We are hugely influenced by our childhood upbringing and environment as we grow and develop throughout our lives. The person we presently are has been and will continue to be greatly influenced by these factors. We are also greatly influenced by society’s norms, politics, peer groups and numerous ongoing factors. We are not nearly as free as we think we are. We are under the ‘thumb’ of all of these influences. They control the way we think and the way we act. They are at the source of prejudice, ambition, personality, work ethic, political views, citizenship, socialization, fears, doubts, limiting beliefs and multitudes of other aspects of daily living. We are not free if we are “unknowingly” controlled by all of these things.
We take freedom for granted. The truth is that we are under bondage to various controls and influences. We are shackled to unseen chains. If our bad habits, undesirable characteristics, weaknesses and flaws were documented and revealed, we could see ‘first hand’ that which enslaves us. We should not be complacent to our mental servitude. We can emancipate ourselves, but it requires serious commitment to personal growth and development. We cannot be truly free until we overcome that which enslaves us.
Challenge: Are you aware of your bad habits and characteristics? You may have some you are really ashamed of and wish you were free of them. They enslave you. Some are powerful and not easily overcome, while others are more easily overpowered. These slave masters will always enslave you until you ‘choose’ to be free. Do you really have the desire to be free? Are you okay with your bondage or do you wish to declare your freedom?
Wisdom: The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them is unfit to walk the highway of truth. James Allen
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. Isaiah 2:3
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
The only way to be truly free is to be free from the slavery and consequences of sin. We gain more and more freedom through the righteous living that our trusting in God can and will give us. There is power and strength, love and joy, and an endless list of desirables that will empower us as we grow in the freedom that only God can give. It is only the freedom that God can give us than can make us truly free. There is no other true freedom.
Prayer: Thank you for the opportunity to be truly free.