Walking in Freedom

“You want to know how I think you are free from sin? When you are no longer running away from God because of your sin, but coming to God and drawing closer to him; that is how you know you are free from sin.” – my friend Angela

This piece of advice helped me get out of my ditch. Before I had been climbing one side only to fall back down to the bottom and I never felt like I was really getting anywhere in my spiritual walk because of my sin. I realized that by running from God, I was negating all of the victories God had given me and placing myself at the bottom again. Progress could not be made. I was not allowing it.

Not everyone out there views masturbation as a sin. And I won’t go into that in this particular entry, but for me there was no question about it. It was not beneficial to my walk with Jesus and I felt the effects of that long before anyone ever told me that it was or wasn’t a sin. I needed freedom.

But even with my friend’s advice I still wondered sometimes if I was really free. Yes, I was no longer running from God, but it wasn’t like I was never tempted from that day on let alone never gave in to my temptations. I gave in. There were more victories than losses and I was coming to Jesus with my failures, but I still felt a little bit discouraged.

Would I ever stop failing?

I spoke to one of my pastors about this subject of freedom and what he told me finally gave me some real peace of mind.

When I talked to him, I hadn’t struggled with masturbation for quite some time, but I was still wrestling with the idea of what freedom really meant. It couldn’t just be running to God with your sin instead of away, could it? There had to be some kind of change in your life, right? There had to be some kind of difference!

I had it backwards though.

“The truth: In Jesus we are free. You were free long before you felt free, because you belonged to Jesus. Walking in freedom is different than being free. You were free; the prison doors were opened. You need to believe what already has happened to you.” – Pastor

In Romans 6 and 8, Paul talks about freedom quite a bit, but this verse stuck out to me in particular.

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  – Romans 6:22

My pastor was right. I had always been set free. I just needed to accept my freedom. Only then could I reap the benefits of being made holy.

So simple, but yet so difficult.

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4 thoughts on “Walking in Freedom

  1. Great post! Masturbation and pornography are a sin for me as well. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17
    It has really stolen a chunk of me over these last ten years. It is insidious and destructive–how can that not be sin. I think I’ll post more about that shortly in my blog.
    But anyway, what I thought I heard you saying is that you are seeking genuine freedom… you don’t just want a legal one. You want a freedom that actually sets you free in your mind and in your actions. I believe the gospel offers that–that’s the good news. But, as I’ve mentioned in my blog, I feel like the church (at least mine) has fed me a lie that I’m free even when I know I’m not. I kept being told I was converted when I knew my experience wasn’t in harmony with the scripture in Romans 6-8. But, now I’m being honest. I’m talking to people about it. I’m telling my church the truth. I’m not willing to accept less than what God is offering. And, I’m finding freedom. So, keep pressing on and don’t settle for lies. Loving your heartfelt posts!

    • Thanks for the thoughts!

      Thankfully I have found the freedom I have been looking for. I had it all along. The problem that we run into in church situations is that too often people equate freedom with being made holy. I feel like I want to clarify my thoughts on that further and you have therefore inspired a whole new entry for me to work on!

      • Thank you for your support. This has been so helpful. I wanted to let you know I’ve created my “Who Am I” page. I was afraid to expose my identity, but now I’ve taken the plunge so stop by and let me introduce myself to you!

  2. Romans 8:22!! Yes! That is one of my favorite verses and it was such an encouragement to me in the later years of my addiction when I was questioning what freedom truly looks like through Christ. The way someone described it to me was, the door has already been opened for you, but you have to decide to walk through it. So very similar to how your pastor described it, in that it has already been done for us. Praise God! The ideas of sanctification and justification are two very different things and we need to recognize them as such. We have been justified. We are being sanctified.

    “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

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